Mandy Patinkin Sings Sondheim
That Mandy Patinkin loves the music of Stephen Sondheim is obvious from this wondrous recital. Linking 34 songs -- all given full readings -- from Broadway’s premier composer in a concert format, Patinkin reasserts both the distinction and durability of Sondheim’s work and his own assurance as a dramatic performer. Although Patinkin chose his favorite songs rather than working up a thematically linked program, the selections do present a broad yet related picture of the vicissitudes and joys of love and art. Patinkin doesn’t try to present a Sondheim retrospective, either -- as if one could in a single night’s presentation. But in embracing material from such varied shows as Sunday in the Park with George, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Into the Woods, the singer gives a full impression of Sondheim’s spectacular versatility and richness. With a flexible range that allows him to even take on material shaped for female vocalists, Patinkin completely inhabits the material; his superb diction allowing us to savor each of Sondheim’s chiseled lyrics. Accompanied only by a sharp-eared pianist, Patinkin transforms Sings Sondheim into a love letter of a one-man show.