Mandy Patinkin performs with Cincinnati Pops

Anne Arenstein

The human hurricane known as Mandy Patinkin sets down this weekend for three concerts with the Cincinnati Pops, his first appearance with the Pops since 1991. The protean star of stage (Evita, Sunday in the Park with George), screen (The Princess Bride, Run Ronnie, Run) and television (Homeland, Criminal Minds) says that these performances mark his "re-emergence with the orchestral world." 

Patinkin's exuberance and relish in performing were delightfully audible in a recent phone interview.

"It's been a lot of years since I did a concert with a full orchestra," he said during a conversation that included background on his multifaceted career, disciplined preparation and, eventually, Inigo Montoya himself.

"But I had so many requests that we looked at some of our old charts and decided to see what would happen."

What exactly will take place during the Pops performance was still undecided when we spoke, but he said the program will include "a lot of stuff from my early albums, along with newer stuff with just a piano." And, of course, Sondheim.

Mandy Patinkin performs with the Cincinnati Pops at Music Hall 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. $25-$85.

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