Friday, February 28, 2014

Mandy Patinkin flash interview.

The first time I ever saw Mandy Patinkin was when Evita (the play) was in Chicago.  Mandy was in that play and they showed a clip of him singing.  This was in the 80's.  Then he was in Chicago Hope (tv show)  and Sunday in the Park with George (Sondheim play).   I'm kind of confused by the timing because Yentl (musical with Barbra Streisand)  was in 1983 and I remember being outraged that they didn't let Mandy sing.  Because somehow I had heard Mandy sing and I was enchanted by his voice and style.

Watch Mandy sing his Casey medley on YouTube

And then.

He was Indigo Montoya in the movie The Princess Bride.  A favorite character from a very favorite book.

The thing about Mandy, he is as humble as he is talented.
It's a pretty cool thing.

Recently Mandy got in a car in Utah...and he agreed to a quick interview with this young man.
(Mandy currently stars in a show called Homeland.)

LINK to Youtube if you can't Mandy's interview here.

Hope you enjoyed that!
I sure did.

Happy Friday!



  1. My favorite.... but you know that! You have hear his version of Over the Rainbow, haven't you? It might just melt your heart!
    Did you ever read this,
    "he blamed his abrupt exit from Criminal Minds to the nature of the show, which often deals with gory and violent crimes. In an interview with New York Magazine, Patinkin said:

    “The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do Criminal Minds in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality.” Patinkin also addressed the whole crime drama genre. “I’m not making a judgment on the taste [of people who watch crime procedurals],” he said. “But I’m concerned about the effect it has. Audiences all over the world use this programming as their bedtime story. This isn’t what you need to be dreaming about.”

    I do enjoy this man! Remember when he sang to his very sick wife on Chicago Hope??

    1. I don't remember it. I wonder if I can find it.
      Do you have his self titled album from 1989? Somewhere over the rainbow is on it. You would love it.

    2. Cheryl, thanks for sharing this. I watched Criminal Minds a bit the first season, but couldn't hack it. Reading these words by Mandy, I was nodding my head in agreement. Too much detail for squeamish me.

      I loved Chicago Hope - we started watching it about the same time we moved to Chicago-land!

  2. Cheryl!!!!! It was "I dreamed a dream."

    1. Donna, I had all of his "tapes"..... On i-tunes, I do have his Mandy Patinkin double album... love it

  3. I love that video. I looked it up a while back when we introduced our youngest to The Princess Bride. I wanted him to see Mandy Patinkin in another element.

    And The Band Played On was one of the songs we learned in tap dance class in 2nd or 3rd grade. Mr. Hendrix taught us the dance and song. During the recital we were accompanied by Mrs Mahaffey on piano. I can even remember most of the dance steps. The line "His brain was loaded it nearly exploded..." always disturbed me at that age. ;)

    1. We sang Casey in school too. Our music book had songs from the turn of the century. like Casey and Bicycle built for two. :o)

    2. We tap danced to Bicycle Built for Two, also! Only the girls had to sing to the one boy in class, so it goes "Jamie, Jamie, give me your answer true" in my head all the time. "With an Empty Jug and a Musical Saw", "Doin' What Comes Naturally", "Little Tap Shoes", "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "Tea for Two" were others we used in our tap class. I have most of the programs, so I need to go back and see what else we sang and danced, too. I do remember "When I Grow Up". Lots of Shirley Temple tunes it seems. Maybe that's why I loved her so.

      I found our old music books at a library sale and taught my kids the songs. They would have known them anyway since I am in the habit of singing loudly around the house to whatever pops in my mind. ;)

  4. The second video wasn't showing up at first. I just watched it. He is a great guy. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous10:22 AM

    Chicago Hope! Loved him in that. I got to see him perform in downtown Minneapolis, years ago, and it was wonderful.

    I often pull up the YouTube link to him singing on the Rosie O'Donnell show.

    Or, "And the Band Played On".

    Or, on Sesame Street with his son, Gideon, reciting the alphabet in Yiddish.

    Love the man. Love the voice.

    Bridget in Minnesota

  6. Anonymous11:48 AM

    What a performer, what a range in his voice, what a nice man telling others how to make it in Hollywood or as a performer and if you can't he still respects you. We have a CD of Man Of La Mancha where he sings The Impossible Dream. He is a favorite, thanks for sharing.
    love and prayers, jep

  7. Anonymous1:55 PM

    Looovvee Mandy! Thanks for the videos Donna!


  9. Master class. He's astonishing.

  10. Anonymous4:36 PM

    I heart Mandy, his voice and Chicago Hope!

    Mary Z

  11. I love coming here ~

    1. Thank you Kate. Im always happy to see you have stopped by.

  12. Anonymous6:58 PM

    Like button! Kristi in LV

  13. Just watched the medley (finally) ... wonderful!


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