Josh Groban as Pierre in Broadway’s “The Great Comet.” (PHOTO: Chad Batka)
Glad I didn’t jump online last night and order tickets when I learned Mandy Patinkin was returning to Broadway after a 17-year absence in
“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” Because today he’s not.
He pulled out after a social media storm that condemned the producers’ decision to replace black actor
Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan with the white Broadway legend in an effort to sell tickets, which had fallen off with the departure of Josh Groban. His final performance was July 2.
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Still of Mandy Patinkin in “The Princess Bride” (1987).
Today is Mandy Patinkin’s 62nd birthday and he seems to still be going strong. That’s good because he is well-loved by fans of Broadway, TV and movies (especially “The Princess Bride.”)
For an absolutely great DVD extra from Rob Reiner’s “The Princess Bride,” featuring interviews with Patinkin, Cary Elwes and Christopher Guest about learning to swordfight for the film
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