Hi. I'm Mark Dizik,
Israel, Patinkin exudes a resilient sense
of hope and optimism.
What's it been like living in the Big
A social activist and 2000 winner of
Apple in the year since 9-11?
the Americans for Peace Now Shalom
"It's wonderful," Patinkin said.
Award, he is certainly a more lightheart-
"These kind of tragedies bring a city
ed personality than Dr. Jeffrey Geiger,
closer together. They make everyone
the moody cardiac surgeon he portrayed like a huge family.
for a 1995 Emmy Award on CBS's TV
"It's a sad way to have to come
hospital drama Chicago Hope.
together, but there has never been a
He is encouraged by what he sees in
more homey feeling in this city. You
the upcoming generation — and in
feel safer everywhere you go. It's a pal- •
particular, his own two sons, Isaac, 20,
pable difference from what it was."
and Gideon, 16.
But that's not to say he doesn't enjoy
More than two decades after Patinkin touring.
won a Tony Award portraying Latin
"People are so friendly on the road,"
American revolutionary Che Guevara
Patinkin said. "If I could do only one
in the Broadway musical Evita, Isaac
thing the rest of my life, I would take
spent a year in South America, offering
the live concert stage."
a hand to the downtrodden.
Patinkin is touring with three con-
"Isaac went to Ecuador last year and
cert formats: "Celebrating Sondheim,"
started a project for some 40 families
featuring the songs of Broadway corn-
who live in the jungle, which he calls
poser Stephen Sondheim; his all-
Project Minga," Patinkin said. "It's a
Yiddish "Mamaloshen"; and a "Pops
sustainable agricultural project for
Concert," which is a mixture of all the
which he's raised a lot of money
things he does.
"They've started a health clinic there
It's'the "Pops" show he'll perform
and special growing projects so that
Oct. 15 in Detroit. The concert will
they have oranges when all the other
include many selections from his
oranges are out of season. Every family Sondheim repertoire, which will be
has its own fish hatchery.
released on a new CD called Mandy
"My younger son is a junior in high
Patinkin Sings Sondheim (Nonesuch
school," Patinkin continued. "They're
Records) later this month.
both very active in PAX, which is an
Amidst the concert's musical smor-
organization that educates people
gasbord, there also will be a taste from
about gun violence in America.
his CDs Mamaloshen and Kidults, as
"When I'm with them and their
well as a selection from a new show
friends, I have a tremendous hope in
Patinkin premiered last month in Texas
the future and tomorrow because they
with Patti LuPone, his Evita co-star.
are not about greed. They are not
For those who saw Patinkin last year
about themselves. They really do live
at Macomb Center, it will be a new
for trying to make the world a better
experience, he promises. "It's virtually a
place and they take that deeply to
whole new mixture of songs," he said.
When asked how it feels to return to
"These kids are tireless. They are full the Music Hall, the theater he
of optimism and hope and they are
reopened in 1995 as its opening act
doing all kinds of things to change the after the venue's extensive restoration,
Patinkin said, "I love it.
When Patinkin was in his early
"I love to sing, I love the music," he
teens, he attended the Hebrew-speak-
said, reflecting on his live performanc-
ing Camp Sura in Buchanan, located
es. "Plus, I have the ability to choose
in the southwest corner of lower
from an endless reservoir from some of
Michigan, near his native Chicago.
the richest material ever written. Some
Not long after Zero Mostel's 1964
is fun and silly, some serious.
premiere of the musical Fiddler on the
"And given the times we're living in,
Roof at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit,
some have echoes that we couldn't
Patinkin, playing Tevye the dairyman
imagine a while ago." ❑
in a camp production of the show,
sang "If I Were a Rich Man" — in
Hebrew — for his Michigan camp-
.Kadima presents Mandy
Patinkin, with Paul Ford on
Patinkin's 1998 all-Yiddish album,
piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.
15, at the Music Hall Center for
Mamaloshen, displayed his dedication
to Jewish culture, which he developed
the Performing Arts, 350
growing up on Chicago's south side.
Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets
He now lives in New York City with
begin at $75. Call Kadima at
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