Mandy Patinkin fans and Great Comet fans have a reason to cheer together. The popular star of such Broadway musicals as Evita, Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden, and The Wild Party is set to join the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in the role of Pierre. The Tony-winning actor is set to join the production on August 15th and will stay with it for three-weeks only, playing his final performance on September 3.
Playing Pierre will mark a triumphant return to Broadway for Patinkin who, a concert with Patti LuPone aside, has been absent from musicals since his appearance in 2000’s The Wild Party. In recent years, he has concentrated primarily on his popular Showtime series Homeland playing the role of CIA Middle East Division Chief Saul Berenson. He has also appeared on the TV series Chicago Hope, Dead Like Me, and Criminal Minds.
Film fans will remember Patinkin for his most-iconic role as the six-fingered man Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride (1987) or as Avigdor in the Barbra Streisand-vehicle Yentl (1983). Other film roles include Tateh in Ragtime (1981), 88 Keys in Dick Tracy, and Dr. Murray Kaplan in The Doctor (1991).
For the stage, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for playing the narrator/conscience Che in the 1979 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita (opposite Patti LuPone). He originated the role of Georges Seurat (Tony nomination) in the 1984 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George, as well as the role of the lonely Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (1991), and as Burrs in the 2000 production of John Michael LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Tony nomination). He also took over the role of Marvin in Falsettos (1993). His non-musical Broadway credit is The Shadow Box (1977).
Patinkin is also a popular singing artist, having recorded albums of his concerts Mandy Patinkin (1989) and Dress Casual (1990). His recordings have been plentiful, with Experiment (1994), Oscar & Steve (1995), Mamaloshen (1998), and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim (2002) among his discography. Other concerts include Mandy Patinkin in Concert (1997) and his most-recent Broadway appearance: An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin (2011).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.