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Mandy Patinkin coming to Vets

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Singer/songwriter/actor/humanitarian Mandy Patinkin is coming to Vets Auditorium on Friday, November 1 at 8 p.m. with a brand new show featuring him and his pianist.

“I’ve released my first album in 17 years, ‘Children in Art,’ and I’m working on new material that I’ll be singing, along with some familiar show tunes that people always want to hear,” he told me by phone from New York.

The tour starts in Philadelphia, with Providence being the second stop before moving on the next night to Bar Harbor, Maine and ending in Sarasota, Florida.

“I’ll have time for dinner in Providence with my first cousin, Mark [Patinkin]. We’re a close-knit family, and he’s a good cousin,” he said.

Many fans remember Mandy’s role in TV’s “Chicago Hope” and a more brief appearance in “Criminal Minds,” which he dropped out of because of the extreme violence.

“I recently wrapped up shooting season 8 of ‘Homeland’ in Morocco and LA, which will run through February of 2020,” he said. “It was an awesome experience, opening new worlds for me and making me aware of many of the serious problems in the world.

“These problems will not be going away,” Patinkin said, “and I’m spending time doing my part to lobby for the Grace Act. I urge [your readers] to call their legislators to support the bill. Note: The Grace Act supports America’s strong tradition of a robust number of 95,000 refugees permitted to settle in the United States each year.

“I’m grateful to be in a position to support a number of humanitarian causes,” he said. “The crisis is not going to go away, and we need to open our hearts to those in need.”

At age 67, Patinkin has had a long and distinguished career in television, movies, concerts, albums and on the Broadway stage. He is best remembered for his role as Che in “Evita” and in the movies “The Princess Bride” and “Yentyl.”

“Of all that I have done, I guess it is singing in the concert mode that brings me most enjoyment,” he said. “The audience makes each night special and different. And songs have different meanings to different people. To date, I’ve compiled eleven songs as part of my Diaries collection, my first new material in thirty years. It’s a whole new world.”

We’ll be there on November 1 to enjoy one of the world’s top entertainers and hopefully support him in his efforts to make the world a better place.

For further information go online at thevetsri.com.

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