Star of TV, film and music...
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