Star of TV, film and mu­sic...

UNCUT - - New Albums - MICHAeL Bon­ner

andy Patinkin be­came some­thing of a star in the ’80s – as a sturdy sup­port in Milos Fore­man and Sid­ney Lumet thrillers or a nim­ble ro­man­tic foil for Bar­bra Streisand and Glenn Close. He also ran a par­al­lel ca­reer as a singer: he was Evita’s first Ché on Broad­way. To­day, Patinkin is best known as spy­mas­ter Saul Beren­son in Home­land; but he is about to re­turn to mu­sic with his first al­bum in 16 years, Di­ary: Jan­uary 27, 2018.

The LP was recorded with Thomas Bartlett, a pro­ducer and ar­ranger for The Na­tional, St Vin­cent and oth­ers whose mu­sic is rich with pen­sive drama. “He comes from a dif­fer­ent world,” laughs Patinkin. “I don’t think he knew what mu­si­cal the­atre was.”

The al­bum – idio­syn­cratic and colour­ful – in­cludes songs by Randy New­man and Stephin Mer­ritt, plus com­poser Teitur. It’s the lat­est move in Patinkin’s busy ca­reer. He told Un­cut on his way home from a trip to Uganda on be­half of aid group In­ter­na­tional Res­cue Com­mit­tee: “The re­silience in these peo­ple, that they can dance, laugh and sing, it re­con­nects me to re­al­ity.”

There are plans for a sec­ond LP with Bartlett, and the eighth sea­son of Home­land will start film­ing in Jan­uary. Patinkin, of course, has now en­joyed two ca­reer-defin­ing roles: as Saul Beren­son, and Inigo Mon­toya in The Princess Bride. “I’m thrilled I got to be in some­thing like The Wizard Of Oz for our gen­er­a­tion.”

Mandy Patinkin (right) with Thomas Bartlett

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