To some fans, he's the Tony Award-winning revolutionary from Evita who grew into a bonafide Broadway star in Sunday in the Park with George. To others, he's the Emmy Award-winning Best Actor, for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Geiger in Chicago Hope, or the star of the new CBS drama series, Criminal Minds. To more, he's Madonna's piano man in Dick Tracy or the scholar who made Streisand swoon in Yentl. And to others still, he is always the man whose name is Inigo Montoya, the swashbuckling swordsman in The Princess Bride.
But whichever role you know him for, Mandy Patinkin's favorite is reaching out to live audiences with the power and the passion of popular song. He belongs to the special breed of singer who doesn't merely dramatize songs, but incorporates them into his very being. And the result is nothing short of electrifying. His interpretations of popular standards, superbly accompanied by Paul Ford at the piano, come straight from the heart, mesmerizing audiences from coast to coast. From Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, Harry Chapin, Claude-Michel Schönberg and back to Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, "Mandy Patinkin is in the business of showstopping," raves The New Yorker. "He is a musical force of nature!"