I was a huge fan of Mandy Patinkin years and years ago. He had a beautiful voice. On the concept album of South Pacific with Kiri Te Kanawa, he sang the role of Lt. Cable. When he sang Younger Than Springtime, it was like honey oozing all over me. Then, horrors of all horrors, The Public Theatre did a musical called The Knife starring Mandy Patinkin. It was a musical about a sex change operation. Cutting edge. Mr Patinkin found his falsetto. From that show on, he never sang low again. As far as his acting goes, I love him. I think that he is a compelling actor. Just don't sing. Okay, no one is making me see my nightmare show, but just knowing it's out there....
Patti LuPone singing is like nails on a chalkboard. Her vibrato and loosy goosy jaw can send me screaming into the night. And yet, again, I think she is a wonderful actress. Every time I have seen her, sans singing, I have enjoyed her work. Together? Oy, I can't think of anything more painful. They are doing 63 performances together. That is 63 performances too many for me.
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