Mamaloshen, Celebrating Sondheim & Dress Casual: Mandy Patinkin in concert at the Public

The Public Theaterhas announced that Tony Award-winning actor and singer Mandy Patinkin will present a two-week concert series at The Public in honor of the 20th Anniversary of his first concert at The Public.

For the first time, Patinkin will present three of his most popular concerts, Mamaloshen, Celebrating Sondheim, and Dress Casual, in repertory with Paul Ford on piano, at The Public�s Anspacher Theater from 8 - 21 Dec 2008.

The December concert series marks the 20th anniversary of Patinkin�s first Anspacher concert, where, at the behest of Joseph Papp, he performed Dress Casual on dark nights during the run of The 'Winter�s Tale,' in which he starred as Leontes. Patinkin first made his Public Theater debut in 1976 in Thomas Babe�s 'Rebel Women;' he went on to star in Public productions of 'Henry IV Part 1,' 'The Knife,' and 'The Wild Party' in addition to 'The Winter�s Tale.'

�Mandy Patinkin is an artist whose art and career are intertwined with the history of The Public Theater,� said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. �We are thrilled to welcome Mandy home and give our audience the chance to see him in the intimate confines of the Anspacher Theater.�

"I long to sing again in the house that Joe built," said Mandy Patinkin about his upcoming engagement."

Dress Casual,' which includes music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondeim, and Harry Chapin, among others, debuted at the Anspacher and later transferred to Broadway.

Mamaloshen. which translates as �Mother Tongue,� played on Broadway in 1998 and is a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish.

Celebrating Sondheim, which played Broadway in 2002, is a figurative journey through the music and lyrics of the legendary composer, whose new musical Road Show is playing at The Public through to 28 Dec 2008.

Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award for his role as 'Che' in Andrew Lloyd Webber�s 'Evita' and was nominated in 1984 for his starring role in the Pulitzer Prize�winning musical, 'Sunday in the Park with George.' In 1991 he returned to Broadway in the 'The Secret Garden' and in 1997 played a sold�out engagement of his one-man concert, 'Mandy Patinkin in Concert,' with all profits benefiting five charitable organizations. Mandy�s other solo concerts, 'Celebrating Sondheim' and 'Mamaloshen' have been presented both on Broadway and Off.