Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mandy Patinkin Dresses Casual at Palace

Emmy Award-winning actor and Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin will perform an exclusive Connecticut engagement of his critically acclaimed theatre concert, Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury Sunday, April 10 4pm.

Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual presents the acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller in what critics are calling his most electrifying role to date: concert performer. From Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim to Cole Porter and Harry Chapin, Patinkin, accompanied by the incomparable Paul Ford on piano, takes audiences on a dazzling musical journey they won’t soon forget.

As a Tony and Emmy Award-winner, Patinkin has an extensive list of theatre credits that include Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater. He won a Tony for his 1980 Broadway debut as “Che” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and was again nominated in 1984 for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Sunday in the Park With George. He returned to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical The Secret Garden (1991), appeared as Marvin in Falsettos (1992) and in 1997 played a sold-out engagement of his one-man concert, Mandy Patinkin in Concert. Patinkin’s other solo concerts, Celebrating Sondheim and Mamaloshen, have been presented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and have toured the US.

In 1995, Patinkin won an Emmy for his critically acclaimed performance in the CBS series “Chicago Hope,” and recently starred in the CBS series “Criminal Minds” as FBI profiler “Jason Gideon” and in the Showtime Original Series “Dead Like Me.” His most popular feature film credits include The Princess Bride, Yentl, and Ragtime, to name a few.

In 1989, Mandy began his concert career at Joseph Papp's Public Theater, coinciding with the release of his first solo album, Mandy Patinkin. Since then he has toured extensively, appearing to sold-out audiences across the U.S., Canada, London and Australia, performing songs from writers including Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Adam Guettel and Harry Chapin, among others. In 1990, he released his second solo album entitled Mandy Patinkin In Concert: Dress Casual on CBS Records.

Tickets for Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual, presented by Darter Specialties and sponsored by Bank of America and STAR 99.9FM with support from WSHU Public Radio Group, can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at, or in person at the Palace Theater Box Office, 100 East Main St. in Waterbury. Groups of 20 or more qualify for discounted rates and should call the Group Sales hotline at 203-346-2002.

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Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced
numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont
Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.”

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway
League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway

She was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill
Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater (the only ones you can find in the US with an added Christian perspective) at She
is editor of The award-winning Connecticut Arts Connection (,

She is a theater reviewer for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer. She previously served as Contributing Editor for, Connecticut theater editor
for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web. Yarger is a book reviewer and writer for Publishers Weekly and freelances for other sites. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

She is a freelance writer and playwright and member of The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association and The League of Professional Theatre Women. She served as a judge for the SDX Awards presented
by the Society of Professional Journalists. She also is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle (awards committee).

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts,
the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. She lives with her husband in West Granby, CT. They have two adult children.

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