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Saturday 10 October 2009

Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin - from Broadway to Auckland

Posted in: Performance
By Matt Akersten - 21st July 2009

Two of Broadway's greatest and most venerated stars - Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin - are hosting a once-in-a-lifetime musical event at Auckland's Aotea Centre next week.

One night in Auckland: Mandy Patinkin & Patti LuPone
He's best known for movies like Yentl and The Princess Bride, plus TV's Criminal Minds and Chicago Hope. She's earned a string of theatre awards and starred in Driving Miss Daisy among numerous film and TV roles - she's even been on Ugly Betty and Will & Grace. They both agree that performing on the concert stage is their greatest love.

Mandy, who's married with grown-up kids, has often sung for HIV charity fundraisers and has spoken out recently in favour of gay marriage in his native America. "Both for my straight friends and my gay friends, my only hope is that they find someone with whom to share their life - on a level that they consider meaningful," he told TheatreWeek magazine a few moons ago. He also once cancelled a concert in Colorado in protest after the state passed an anti-gay rights measure.

He modestly describes his career as a series of accidents, opportunities and good luck. "I intended to be a classical actor my whole life and it was just an accident - I did it (singing) one night, had the best time of my whole life and then I ended up doing it a lot," he explains.

Mandy says the songs in his and Patti's one-off concert in Auckland were put together as "a celebration of life".

"It tries to say in poetic terms, not literally, if you love someone - tell them," he considers. "We use material that fights all of those worries that people have today. The piece is a playground for us, and a gymnasium to absolutely exercise our wishes and dreams for a brighter, happier world."

Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin will be in concert together on Wednesday 29 July at the Aotea Centre - more information and booking details are on The Edge website.

Mandy Patinkin sings Swinging on a Star in the video clip shown below.

Matt Akersten - 21st July 2009

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