Broadway’s Tony-winning master showman
Mandy has been fortunate to carve out a varied career including theatre, the concert stage, film, television and as a recording artist. In his 1980 Broadway debut, he won a Tony Award for his role as Che in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, and he was nominated in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. Mandy’s other stage credits include Compulsion, Paradise Found, The Tempest, Enemy of the People, The Wild Party, Falsettos, The Secret Garden, The Winter’s Tale, The Knife, Leave It to Beaver is Dead, Rebel Women, Hamlet, Trelawney of the “Wells,” The Shadow Box, The Split, Savages and Henry IV, Part I.
His feature films include Before You Know It, Life Itself, Wonder, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Queen of Spain, Ali and Nino, Wish I Was Here, The Wind Rises, Everybody’s Hero, The Choking Man, Pinero, The Adventures of Elmo In Grouchland, Lulu on the Bridge, Men with Guns, The Princess Bride, Yentl, The Music of Chance, Daniel, Ragtime, Impromptu, The Doctor, Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, The House on Carroll Street, True Colors and Maxie.
In television, Mandy was recently seen as Judge Wackner in the Paramount+ series The Good Fight. He won a 1995 Emmy Award for his performance in the CBS series Chicago Hope, and he also starred in the CBS series Criminal Minds as well as Showtime’s Dead Like Me and Homeland.
In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater in New York City. Since then, he has toured his various solo concerts across North America, in London’s West End, and through Australia and New Zealand, as well as on Broadway and Off-Broadway. In addition to solo concerts, Mandy has created collaborations with artists, including opera star Nathan Gunn in An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn, touring the U.S., Australia and New Zealand; with his dear friend Patti LuPone in An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, which has toured since 2007 and played Broadway in 2012; Bridges, a concert with musicians from various countries in the Middle East; and most recently, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, with Taylor Mac and direction by Susan Stroman.
As a recording artist on CBS Records, he released two solo albums, Mandy Patinkin and Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual. Recently, on the Nonesuch label, Mandy released Children + Art and recorded three digital albums with pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett: Diary January 2018, Diary April/May 2018 and Diary December 2018. Also with Nonesuch are Experiment, Oscar & Steve, Kidults and Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim. In 1998, he debuted his most personal project, Mamaloshen, a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. The recording of Mamaloshen won the Deutschen Schallplattenpreis (Germany’s equivalent of the Grammy Award).
As diverse as his professional life has been, Mandy’s education in the field of social activism has been even more varied and continues to evolve. He has helped raise funds for organizations dear to his heart, including Brady Campaign, PAX, Association to Benefit Children, American Jewish World Service, Search For Common Ground, National Dance Institute and the ACLU. Mandy is a board member of the Arava Institute and continues to work with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), highlighting the plight of refugees worldwide.
Mandy resides in New York City with his wife, actress and writer Kathryn Grody.
Adam Ben-David has been living his “bucket list” dream of accompanying Mandy Patinkin in concert since 2016. He has been active as an arranger, music director, conductor and pianist on Broadway for the past 22 years. His credits include The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, Spring Awakening, Wicked, High Fidelity, The Light in the Piazza, Bombay Dreams, Aida and Once Upon a Mattress. He has accompanied numerous artists, including Kelli O’Hara, Jarrod Spector, James Taylor, Patti LuPone and Megan Hilty. Adam recently composed a theatrical adaptation of the children’s classic From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.