Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mandy Patinkin perfoms in Sarasota

  Mandy Patinkin can do it all, from splashy Broadway quasi-operas -- a lot of people first heard of him through his performance as Che in "Evita" on Broadway -- to television drama. He starred as the troubled doctor Jeffery Geiger on "Chicago Hope" and he's most recently starred with Claire Danes on the Showtime hit "Homeland."
  He's also drawn critical raves for his concert appearances, and he'll be coming to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Tuesday, April 1, with a concert he's calling "Dress Casual."
   It's a cabaret-style show, even though it's in a major Performing Arts Hall. Patinkin offers everything from Broadway tunes to pop standards to traditional American folk songs, and intersperses stories of his personal life and his show biz life.
   Speaking of his show biz life, fans of "Homeland" will be glad to know he'll be back on the show next season. That wasn't clear at the end of the previous season.
   "Oh, I'll be back," he said. "They kicked me out of the CIA but I'm coming back as an independent agent.
   His Van Wezel show is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Tickets are $35-$70. Call 941-953-3368 or go to www.vanwezel.org.

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