I'm thrilled to report that I now have my own story to tell about my enchanted evening with Mandy!! I'm glad to have you guys to tell all the details because I'm just sooo excited about everything that happened. Well, here goes.... I'm referring to his benefit concert for Prime Time House in Norfolk, Connecticut, on Saturday, June 3. Anyway, my husband Michael and I went to the concert and to the patron's dinner beforehand. I had written a song for Mandy, to the tune of "Rock-a-bye Your Baby," called "Don't Call Geiger Crazy" (I posted it on the CH and MP newsgroups), and I had hoped, against hope, to somehow get it to him before the show on the offhand chance that maybe he'd get a kick out of singing a little bit of it if he liked it enough. My attitude for the evening was, "Nothing vetured, nothing gained." So as soon as I got there, I walked past the tent where everyone was having dinner, and went to see if I could find someone at the Music Shed (theater) who'd either let me give it to Mandy or give it to him for me. I wasn't successful in getting it to him before the show, but I WAS lucky enough to spot Paul Ford around the side of the building, and so I went up to him and said, "Hi. Are you Paul?" He said yes, and I introduced myself and said that I'd just seen them in Philly two weeks before and that I'd loved the show. "Well," he said, "we'll be doing the same show tonight, I'm afraid. " I said, "You know what? That would be just fine. The show was terrific." He said, "Since it's a special occasion, he might change a song or two or do something different with the encore. He might go on and on, or he might not." I told him I'd written Mandy a song and asked if I could give it to him. Paul introduced me to Josh Rosenbaum, the general manager, and so I told him about the song. He took it and said, "Terrific," and said he'd give it to Mandy. When I asked if he'd get if before the show, though, he said that Mandy doesn't accept anything before the show, flowers, cards, anything, that he doesn't like to know anything about who's in the audience. But Josh did tell me I could meet Mandy after the show, and he told me where he thought it would be. I had a second copy of the song to give him myself after the show so I left the first copy with Josh and went to have dinner. When we were finished eating, we decided to take a walk around, and when we got close to the Music Shed, we heard Mandy singing through the windows! He was in there rehearsing. So we both went in to use the restrooms, and Michael spotted a hallway where I could get in to see Mandy! So I ended up watching him for a few minutes , until someone came over and said the theatre wasn't open yet. But he was singing stuff he didn't sing in either of the shows I saw. One I remember was "Pennies from Heaven." There were two others from "Flower Drum Song" that I didn't recognize but someone else pointed out. Before the show, Sarah Krupnik and I met up as we had planned. It was great being at the show with a fellow MP board fanatic! Cleveland must have been so great with all of you guys there! So we took some pictures together and then went to find our seats, which weren't in the same section. Michael and I had great seats, off to the side, but in the third row. There was a column right in front of us that I was afraid was going to be in the way, but once Mandy came out, I could see it wouldn't be a problem. And there was no prohibition of flash photos, so I got a whole roll plus some! He sang basically the same songs he'd done in Philly, and from what everyone says, Cleveland. One that I don't think anyone mentioned, though, was the one that goes, "Nya, nya, nya....She's a crazy person..." Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Something about Rebecca or Roberta? And another one that had something to do with trumpets. Can anyone help me out here? For his encore this time, though, he didn't do "Yossel, Yossel." Instead, he did this bidding thing to raise more money for Prime Time House. He said he was going to perform a song that he'd never done in public, with someone he'd never performed with in public before. It turned out to be Kathryn!! And he got people to offer money and stuff to PTH so she would sing with him. She was right there in the third row center with Isaac and Gideon! She went up onstage and explained that she is not a singer and acted kind of embarrassed that he was going to make her sing. He told her to sing the song about the pink pajamas, and the boys, especially Gideon, started laughing and cheering. She said she couldn't sing it without telling the story that went with it, so she told about how, when she first arrived in NY to become an actress, she was auditioning for someone who asked if she could sing. She figured she'd eventually learn how so she answered yes. Then he made her sing, and the only thing she knew were camp songs. So she sang (something like this): "I wear my pink pajamas in the spring...I wear flannel pajamas in the fall...And sometimes in between, I get between the sheets wearing nothing at all." I don't have that exactly, but you get the picture. Anyway, finally, after he'd gotten quite a few contributions, they sang. Well, actually, he sang. She only had one line, and the first time through, he stopped because I guess she didn't say it right. It was something like, "How's the weather, honey?" (Sarah...help me out here. Did you know the song?) Anyway, it was something like that. Oh, and at one point earlier in the show, he'd blown her a kiss and then promptly sang the wrong words to the song he was singing. He explained that he forgot the words because he'd just blown a kiss to someone he loved very much, but he didn't reveal that it was Kathryn till the end. (Sorry for going on so long, guys...and I haven't even had any contact with him yet. But if I can't tell my online buddies every detail, who can I tell?) Finally, he brought his chair up to the edge of the stage and began to sing "Experiment." "Before we leave these portals, to meet our fellow mortals, there's just one final message I would give to you. We all have learned reliance, on the sacred teachings of science..." And then he stopped. "Oh, no," he said. "I can't forget the words on my last song." He sat there stumped for a moment, so I yelled out, "So I hope through life you never will decline." He turned around and said, "What was it?" I said again, "So I hope through life you never will decline," thrilled at the chance to help him out and have some contact with him (no, I didn't get a hot dog...sigh). So he said, "Thanks," then turned back to me and said, "I should give you $100 now...and you could give it back to Prime Time House." Then he sang the song again from the beginning, and when he got to that line, HE TURNED AND SANG IT RIGHT TO ME!!!! I was so excited! Even Michael said, "Good job, dear," and he'd usually be embarrassed if I did something like that. So, as soon as he left the stage, I beat it out of there and down the same back hallway as before, and I passed by his dressing room on my way to the ladies room JUST AS HE WAS COMING BACK FROM THE STAGE!! And I was the ONLY one back there with him. So I said, "Hi Mandy! You were terrific!" And I touched his shoulder and his sweaty T-shirt! He said thank you, and I asked him if he'd be meeting folks after. He said yes but that they hadn't told him where yet. So I went to the lounge of the ladies room where Josh had told me he'd probably be meeting people. Meanwhile, outside, there must have been at least 200 people waiting to meet him, probably more. The lady selling tickets, I think, had told everyone that he'd be willing to meet fans, so EVERYONE wanted to meet him. But when Josh came out, he saw me and told me to wait in the lounge for him, said he hadn't given him the song because he figured I'd give it to him when I met him. So it was me and maybe 3 other people waiting for him in the lounge, while everyone else was outside in this mob! When he came out, one of the women asked him to sign her program, and so I asked him if he'd do mine too. Then I showed him the song and told him what it was about and he said something like, "Great. Thanks." Unfortunately, with so many people waiting outside, he didn't have much chance to look at it, so I don't know what he thought of it. I hope he'll look at it later on. Then I asked if I could have a picture with him, and he posed with his arm around me. Then I looked up into those gorgeous, dark eyes and smiled, "Can I give you a kiss?" He gave me that dashing, drop-dead smile out of one side of his mouth and said, "Sure." Then...my heart's beating faster just thinking about it...I kissed him and he kissed me, not on the lips (no lip bruising á la Bev, alas), but sort of to the side of the lips. Sigh... I'd been talking to some other fans--though, unfortunately, I didn't get to see Sarah again before she left--who asked me to take a picture of them with Mandy. I remembered one of you guys saying someone had done that for you, so I figured I'd do it for someone else, and actually ended up doing it for several people. He was probably wondering why I was always turning up behind the camera. But anyway, he headed down the hall, madly signing autographs and talking to people. I went with this one woman to wait for her to pose with him for a picture, and I was listening to what he said to people. Now, I don't want to start rumors, so I'm just reporting what I heard, but it disturbed me a little. One guy said, "We hope the show's going to be renewed for next season. We love you on the show." And Mandy answered, "They'll definitely be back." The guy said, "They?" but I don't think Mandy said anything more. But since he assured you guys in Cleveland that he was coming back, I hope it didn't mean anything. Anyway, one of his production people, Dana, saw me standing there, and she said, "I'm going to tell Mandy you're the one that gave him the lyric." I thanked her and told her she had good eyes for seeing who it was. She asked if I wanted anything signed, and I told her I had gotten an autograph and a picture (don't think I mentioned the kiss), but I told her I wanted to tell him hi from some of the internet people. She nodded and said, "Oh, you're one of them," as if she definitely knew what I was talking about. I told her I'd wait till the crowd died down and that I wasn't in a hurry. As he was walking across the lawn to the reception tent, she said, "Mandy, this is the woman who gave you the lyric." He turned to me and said, "Oh, thanks for the lyric." Then I said that I wanted to say hi to him from his on-line group and said the names of the people who'd specifically asked me to say hi. He definitely remembered Jen and sent her a hi. Then I said that Laura in Hawaii was dying for him to come there, and he looked excited and said, "We're going!" I said, "You're kidding! She's going to be thrilled! When?" I think he said September 22 or 28. Too bad we couldn't all meet in Hawaii. That'd be a blast! I asked him if he ever goes into his newsgroup, and he said, "Only when someone'll show me how to turn on my computer." I said, "Have someone on the set show it to you. I think you'd get a big kick out of it." He said something like, "Yeah, I usually only get on when we're on the set." I also offered him a soda, but he said, "No thanks." It was 11:00 by then, and he seemed exhausted. I'd have loved to hang out until everyone left, but there were so many people--though by then most had gone--and I figured give the guy a break. He was obviously so tired. So Michael and I decided to leave. But on my way to the car, I spotted Kathryn talking to a few fans, so I went up and introduced myself and asked about her book. I told her I'd heard about it on the internet, and she said someone had told her it was on there. She told me all about it, about how it's about being a mother, and how it's wonderful and terrible all in the same day (Laura, Shelly, do you agree?). I told her I undertood that, having a 14-month-old daughter. She asked if I ever listen to books in the car because it's available on cassette. I answered, "Well, I usually listen to...ummm...what's the guy's name....ummm....Mandy Patinkin in the car!" She laughed and said that was even better. As I said goodbye to her, she said, "You really should pick up a copy, Robin. It's only $7, and I think you'll really relate to it." So maybe I will. Has anyone else read it? Well, it was one of the most exciting nights of my life. I'm so glad to have you guys to share it with!! I hope I didn't go into too much detail, but it's just exciting sharing it with people who are as fascinated with Mandy as I am. Now every time I see him on TV, I'm going to be thinking about that smile he gave me just before I kissed him. Sigh..... Robin <---- "...so I hope through life you never will decline..."
Last updated on December 27, 1995