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Mandy Patinkin Comes To Milwaukee On His 'Diary' Tour

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Mandy Patinkin attends the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

Although Mandy Patinkin may be best known for his role as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, the performer’s life has been characterized less by vengeance and far more by his humanitarianism. In addition to his career on Broadway, in Hollywood, and on television, Patinkin has dedicated time to working with refugees and underprivileged Americans — including kids in his hometown, Chicago.

Patinkin grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. It was there where he first started performing and which he credits, in part, for his love of music. But it also informed his humanitarian work as well.

"That single word, 'connect,' is the word of my life," he says. "It is the word that I live to live, to be, to understand, to embody, to not waste or squander, and to reach for — and to risk for," he says.

Patinkin will be in Milwaukee to perform songs from his album Diary Tuesday evening at the Riverside Theater. But first, he joins Lake Effect's Joy Powers by phone from New York to talk about the album, his work as an activist, and his love of the Midwest:

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Joy Powers joined WUWM January 2016 as producer for Lake Effect. Most recently, she was a director and producer for The Afternoon Shift, on WBEZ-fm, Chicago Public Radio.
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.