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  • Watch: Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin Perform at Colbert Report "Wedding of the Century"

    Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin were special guests on The Colbert Report, as the show threw what it humbly dubbed the "Wedding of the Century." Host Stephen Colbert officiated an on-air wedding ceremony for a couple whose wedding plans were thwarted by the US government shutdown. To help celebrate the newlyweds, Patinkin offered a non-denominational Jewish blessing and McDonald sang Billy Idol's "White Wedding" for the couple's first dance. Watch it here. Audra McDonald was due to perform at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, this week, but the concert was canceled due to the government shutdown and will be rescheduled.

  • Watch: Mandy Patinkin, Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe Sing "Good King Wenceslas" on "The Colbert Report"

    Mandy Patinkin continued the holiday sing-along at The Colbert Report when he joined Stephen Colbert and REM's Michael Stipe to sing the traditional carol "Good King Wenceslas" on Comedy Central last night. Watch the performance here. The trio performance closed out an episode of the show in which Patinkin and Colbert engaged in a spirited discussion of his role as Saul Berenson on the hit Showtime series Homeland and much more. It also follows the previous night's duet between Colbert and Audra McDonald on "Baby It's Cold Outside."

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Mandy Patinkin contrasts the songs and sensibilities of Broadway legends Oscar Hammerstein II and Stephen Sondheim. He "crafts a series of interpretations that are often genuinely affecting," declares the Washington Post, "and never more so than when he's meditating on the endlessly curious nature of romance."


Mandy Patinkin, voice
Eric Stern, conductor
Paul Ford, keyboards
Joyce Hammann, concertmaster; Martha Mott, Suzanne Ornstein, Laura Seaton, Mitchell Stern, Alicia Edelberg, Katherine Livolsi-Stern, Nancy McAlhany, Alexander Vselensky, violin
Ronald Carbone, David Cerutti, viola
Clay Ruede, David Calhoun, Ellen Westerman, cello
John Beal, bass
Elizabeth Mann, Less Scott, John Moses, Richard Heckman, Charles Wilson, Lawrence Feldman, John Winder, woodwinds
Russell Rizner, Ronald Sell, Roger Wendt, French horn
Robert Millikan, Anthony Kadleck, Danny Cahn, Larry Lunetta, trumpet
James Pugh, Bruce Bonvisutto, trombone
Nathan Durham, trombone, tuba
John Redsecker, drums
James Saporito, Thas Wheeler, percussion
Jennifer Hoult, harp
Bruce Samuels, synthesizer programming

Produced by John McClure
Recorded June 1995 at The Hit Factory, New York City
Recording Engineer: Tom Lazarus
Assistant Engineers: Carl Glanville, Drake Ayen
Audio Assistant: Susan Presson
Edited at SoundByte Productions, New York City
Editing Engineer: Paul Zinman
Mastered at Classic Sound, New York City
Mastering Engineer: Tom Lazarus

Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15 composed by Stephen Sondheim; tracks 3, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 by Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II; track 1 by Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II; track 6 by Harry Ruby / Bert Kalmar & Oscar Hammerstein II; track 10 by George Bizet & Oscar Hammerstein II; track 13 by Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II / Stephen Sondheim. Orchestrated by Glen Daum (1-4, 13), Doug Besterman (5, 11, 12, 15), Jonathan Tunick (5, 7, 13), Glenn Osser (6, 9), Don Sebesky (8, 16), Bizet (10), Billy Byers (14). Arrangements by Eric Stern & Paul Ford.

Design by Carbone Smolan Associates
Cover photographs by Randee St. Nicholas

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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