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Mandy Patinkin backs out of ‘The Comet’ following diversity criticism

Josh Groban as Pierre in Broadway's "The Great Comet." (PHOTO: Chad Batka)
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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Celebrate Mandy Patinkin’s birthday with ‘Princess Bride’ clip

Still image of Mandy Patinkin in "The Princess Bride" (1987).
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 click here.

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