March 2017: Passing the torch - Patrick's youngest son, Jack, appeared on The Voice, and did very well. Alicia keys is coaching him. Read about it here: Patrick's son Jack on The Voice
Patrick and his mother Shirley appeared for two months in an autobiographical stage show called "Have You Met Miss Jones", at the New Theatre Restaurant dinner theater in Kansas City, MO from Sept 22 - Nov 27, 2016. Patrick's brother Shaun wrote the show for Patrick and their mother.
You can find information on the show and buy tickets when on sale here: New Theatre Restaurant
An article about the show appeared on Kansas City.com: Shirley Jones to open 2016-17 season at New Theatre
BOCOV'S DEPT. STORE GRAND OPENING
BOSCOV'S AUDITORIUM - FREE ENTERTAINMENT
IN PERSON: Shirley Jones and her son Patrick Cassidy in Concert
Saturday, October 10th - Saturday, October 17
Performances AT 2 PM and 7 PM
A favorite of stage screen and television, Shirley Jones brings her marvelous voice and charming personality to Boscov's Grand Opening Celebration. Patrick Cassidy starred in the ABC Family series Ruby & The Rockits. He is best known for his roles in the musical theatre and televison. Boscov's Meriden, Westfield Meriden, 480 Lewis Avenue, Meriden CT 06451 2102 (203) 235-4144
The American Conservatory Theater's production of Stephen Sondheim and
Hugh Wheeler’s "A Little Night Music " played the Geary stage in San Francisco ending
June 21, 2015. Patrick appeared as Frederick Egerman. The cast also included Tony Award
nominee Dana Ivey as Madame Armfeldt.
You can see more production photos at: ALNM Production Photos
Photo by Kevin Berne
Patrick performed in a Panto version of "Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight" at the Pasadena Playhouse from December 10, 2014 through January 4, 2015. Olivia Holt, Lucy Lawless & Tamyra Gray were among his co-stars. Patrick played “The King of Pasadena”
An updated version of the classic Grimm fairytale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, SLEEPING BEAUTY and Her Winter Knight is a singing and soaring winter adventure that features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live pony, interaction with the audience and contemporary music from Jessie J's "Domino" to John Legend's "All Of Me,” Pharrell Williams "Happy" to Survivor's "Eye of The Tiger" and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102! “Those who have never been to a panto will have a glorious introduction to the forum.” – Los Angeles Times
Photos by Philicia Endelman
To see a nice photo of Patrick & Lucy with Tiger Beat Magazine interviewer who posted to instagram. CLICK HERE
After much anticipation, Patrick's new 50th Anniversary version of "The Music Man" had its premiere in Mason City, Iowa September 18th and 19th at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the North Iowa Area Community College campus. Patrick produced the show as well as reprised his role of Harold Hill. Mom Shirley joined him on the production tour as Mrs. Paroo. Mason City was the first stop on the tour and is the city that "River City" in the storyline was modeled after. "The Music Man" traveled throughout the Midwest on a four-week tour
On the PRESS page, you can read an interview Patrick did in August about the Mason City show.
On July 17th Patrick was a guest on the "Ken Boxer Live" talk show. You can watch his appearance at www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3eySdTH4l8
For their Summer season Patrick joined Pittsburgh CLO's production of "Footloose"
June 24-29, 2014 in the role of "Reverend Shaw Moore", at The Benedum Center
"An Evening With Shirley Jones" ran at the Cafe Carlyle in NYC March 11-15. Reservations can be made at www.thecarlyle.com or by phone at 212.744.1600. Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue). On Wednesday, March 12, Patrick attended his mother's performance & visited with her.
Photos by Stephen Sorokoff
From December 5th through 22nd, the Ensemble Theatre Company presented Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music" at the New Victoria in Santa Barbara, with Patrick playing the role of 'Fredrik Egerman' opposite Stephanie Zimbalist's 'Desiree Armfeldt'. Legendary actress Piper Laurie played Desiree's mother, "Madame Armfeldt"
Photos: Stephanie Zimbalist and Patrick in A Little Night Music. ( by David Bazemore)
More photos of Patrick in this production can be seen in PHOTOS section
Cassidy brings much humanity to Frederik, a lonely, compassionate man, full of anxiety in his mid-life crisis.
- Don Grigware of Broadwayworld.com
For me,the chemistry between the wonderful Cassidy and Zimbalist made this show both moving and romantic. - Charles Donelan of Santa Barbara Independent.
From October 18th - 27th, 2013 Patrick stepped to the other side of the stage when he directed the Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company opening season production of OKLAHOMA! at the Rockwell Theatre.
An interview with Patrick talking about his directing can be read in our PRESS section.
Listen to a radio interview done with Pittsburgh's WESA 90.5 here
A recent photo of Patrick, Melissa and their two handsome sons appears in PHOTOS (Misc).
To celebrate the Irish RepertoryTheatre's 25th anniversary season, Patrick was one of the performers to take part when Tom Hanks hosted "Something Wonderful! The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring Shirley Jones" for one night only on June 10, 2013 at the Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway, New York. Photo at left by Joseph Marzullo for WENN
You can see photos from the Gala in PHOTOS section.
Patrick was one of the performers at this year's S.T.A.G.E.
Benefit, titled "Broadway, My Way" on April 6, 2013 at
the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
LA LA Land radio show interviewed Patrick on March 16th. You can watch the archived webcast here:
Shirley Jones & Patrick Cassidy: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY will take place tonight, February 10th, at 7:00PM, and reunites the Oscar-winning star of stage, films and television, Shirley Jones, with her son, Broadway and television star Patrick Cassidy. The Founders Room is located in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.
On February 10, 2013 Patrick co-starred with his mother Shirley in The Cabrillo Music Theater fundraiser event: "Two Sides To Every Story" at the Founders' Room of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Patrick and Shirley "regaled guests with stories and anecdotes about their lives and careers, took questions from the audience, and performed songs or two. They provided laughs, love, and a few disagreements... because, in every family, There's Two Sides to Every Story!"
Patrick guest starred the new ABC extra-terrestial themed sit-com "The Neighbors" on January 30th. The episode was titled, "The Back Nine" with Patrick playing "Mr. Easterling".
abrillo Music Theatre announces the next in a series of fundraising and entertainment events in the recently renovated Founders' Room of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Shirley Jones & Patrick Cassidy: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY will take place tonight, February 10th, at 7:00PM, and reunites the Oscar-winning star of stage, films and television, Shirley Jones, with her son, Broadway and television star Patrick Cassidy. The Founders Room is located in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.brillo Music Theatre announces the next in a series of fundraising and entertainment events in the recently renovated Founders' Room of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Shirley Jones & Patrick Cassidy: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY will take place tonight, February 10th, at 7:00PM, and reunites the Oscar-winning star of stage, films and television, Shirley Jones, with her son, Broadway and television star Patrick Cassidy. The Founders Room is located in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Shirley Jones & Patrick Cassidy: TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY will take place tonight, February 10th, at 7:00PM, and reunites the Oscar-winning star of stage, films and television, Shirley Jones, with her son, Broadway and television star Patrick Cassidy. The Founders Room is located in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.
Patrick guest starred on the crime drama series, "CSI" on November 28th, 2012 as "Dennis Reed" in the episode "Strip Maul" - CSI airs on CBS TV on Wednesdays 10PM/9PM central
From July 31-August 2, Patrick reprised his performance as "Harold Hill" in a production of "The Music Man" at Music Circus in Sacramento, Calif. His mom Shirley co-starred with again, also reprising her role at Mrs. Paroo. You will recall that they both appeared in these roles in Hartford, Mass. in 2008. Here is the review from the show and, not surprising, Patrick received wonderful notices! Photo by Autumn Cruz, Sacramento Bee: Patrick and Shirley during rehearsals. A photo of Patrick, Shirley and their stage manager is in PHOTOS page gallery.
Review from The Sacramento Bee
Cassidy sets the mood with his slick opening salvo, "Ya Got Trouble," and director Glenn Casale cleverly manages his huge cast through the well-known "Seventy Six Trombones," "Pick-a-little, Talk-a-little" and "Shipoopi."
Cassidy as charismatic "Professor" Harold Hill and Brandi Burkhardt as the suspicious piano teacher and town librarian, Marian Paroo, form a compelling, attractive couple. Cassidy, a Broadway veteran, easily inhabits the charm and guile of Hill, who starts out as a heartless con man calmly assessing the little Iowa town and all he can grift from it. Burkhardt gives Marian a necessary sensual coolness that Hill ultimately warms up.
Cassidy's authority combined with Burkhardt's glorious voice and Jones' natural charm give the production a wholesome, uplifting glow. - By Marcus Crowder - Aug 2, 2012
Patrick was Special Guest along with NBC's "SMASH " star Leslie Odom, Jr. in Upright Cabaret's showcase "VIVA LAS VEGAS" at the Annenberg Theater in L.A. on Friday, June 8, 2012 which featured the music of Elvis Presley, Elton John and Cher. Patrick performed Elton's song, "Levon" solo and "Elaborate Lives" from Aida with Arielle Jacobs.
In photo left to right: Chris Isaacson, Karissa Noel, Arielle Jacobs, Jimmy James, Chad Doreck and Patrick.
See others on PHOTOS page.
Patrick and his mom Shirley appeared in the 2012 S.T.A.G.E. Benefit show “Original Cast” on April 28th at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles. The show featured performers who were in the original casts of various Broadway Shows. Patrick sang a song from “Assassins” and since Jack is no longer with us, Patrick dueted with Shirley on a song from “Maggie Flynn”. You can find a photo of Patrick performing "Ballad of Booth"on our PHOTOS page.
The Anaheim Performing Arts Center Foundation APACF hosted an evening of singing and dancing on Nov. 5, 2011 to continue raising money for the capital campaign for the building of a new performing arts center in Anaheim. The production, Broadway Rocks Anaheim 2011 featured some of Broadway's brightest stars, which most certainly applies to Patrick and mom Shirley! Patrick performed "Tonight" and "Till There Was You".
Photo of Patrick with wife Melissa and Shirley by Lily Lim of Broadwayworld.com
You can see more photos of Patrick in rehearsal, onstage and at the after-party on our PHOTOS page.
The Reagle Music Theatre in Boston presented "The Sound of Music" from AUGUST 5 - 14, 2011. Patrick returned to his first stage show - in 1977 he played Rolf, the boyfriend of Liesl Von Trapp but this time he will play the role of her father, Captain Von Trapp!!
Go to our PRESS page to read a good interviews Patrick gave to The Boston Globe, The Boston Irish Reporter and Wicked Local. See fans and Patrick at the stagedoor on our PHOTOS page.
WCAC-TV Newswatch in Waltham did a segment on Sound of Music, and interviewed Patrick and Sarah - watch it here
Review from Theatre Mirror, New England's Live Theatre Guide
The tall, debonair and handsome, Patrick Cassidy is fantastic as the Captain, making the role his own with his strong acting ability, topnotch stage presence and terrific singing voice. He appears in his first scene as a strict martinet who runs his household like he ran his battleship by whistling for everyone. Patrick shows how this stern man eventually melts when he realizes how Maria has brought life back into his and his children's lives. He handles the comic moments with ease especially the various whistle sounds and shows his tenderness during the love song with Maria. Patrick's transition is marvelous to behold as he brings tears to your eyes when he sings "Sound of Music" with his children and especially tugs at your heartstrings when he sing "Edelweiss" at the concert. "Edelweiss" becomes even more poignant when you realize it is the last song Oscar Hammerstein wrote before his death in 1960. Kudos to Sarah and Patrick as the fabulous leads in this well known show. They have excellent chemistry with each other and with the children, too.
Susan Scannel (as Elsa Schrader, Capt Von Tropp's fiance) and Richard (as Max Detweile) sing the first number about rich people's love surviving all obstacles with Patrick joining them on the last line and they sing in three part harmony with Patrick in the latter one about how the most important thing in the world is oneself so go along with the flow. The Captain disagrees with their philosophy and shows it by angrily singing his verse of the song.
- Reviewed by Tony Annicone
Review From OnStage Boston
As the widowed Captain von Trapp, Patrick Cassidy (at left) is making his Reagle debut and one can only hope he'll become a regular member of the Waltham family as well. As von Trapp, he runs his home like a factory, calling for both his children and his staff with a blow of a bosun's whistle. Cassidy is charming but stern, with dashing matinee good looks and a subtle way with a funny line. The score is filled with wonderful moments, ranging from Maria's feisty "I Have Confidence" to the charming "So Long, Farewell" and the iconic "Edelweiss" which Cassidy delivers with swelling pride for his homeland. - By R. J. Donovan
Patrick will be performing in The Richmond / Ermet AIDS Foundation presentation; HELP IS ON THE WAY XVII: Gala Celebration
17th Annual Gala - Northern California's Largest Annual Star-studded AIDS Benefit Concert & Gala
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011 - HERBST THEATRE in San Francisco, Calif.
For information and to buy tickets go to: http://www.richmondermet.org/reaf10.1/Help
Patrick appeared in the 27th Annual S.T.A.G.E. Benefit "ORIGINAL CAST 2". He performed "Lullaby Of Broadway" from the musical "42nd Street" The one-night only "ORIGINAL CAST 2" took place Saturday, April 2 at 7:30PM at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA.
Patrick talks about performing at the S.T.A.G.E. in this video
Patrick and his mom Shirley were presenters at The LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center on January 17, 2011 in Thousand Oaks, California. Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Patrick is putting together a stage tribute to his Dad, Jack - read bout it here
Patrick appeared with Shirley Jones at
The Cabrillo Music Theatre's Holiday Spectacular
Dec 21-24th in Thousand Oaks, California
October 2, Patrick rocked the house with his old band, Quorom, at his Beverly Hills High 30th Year Class Reunion!!
Go to Videos page for short interview Patrick did at the Reunion.
See photos of Patrick as "Frank" with Patti & George on PHOTOS page
Audience members couldn't wait to "Twitter" their thoughts:
Intermission - the role of Frank Butler is being played by Patrick Cassidy....AMAZING!!!...and SEXY!!! - John Cardona - DisneyDork69
Saw Annie Get Your Gun at Ravinia with Patrick Cassidy, Patti Lapone; I smiled the whole time - Rae Luskin soulutions1
Reviews for "Annie"Patrick Cassidy, the tall, graceful actor with movie-star looks and easy charm, who also was ideal (as Butler).
From June 18 - July 25th, Patrick appeared in "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's SUPERMAN!" at the Dallas Theater Center. He took on the role of villain "Max Menchen", the same role his father Jack Cassidy got a Best Actor Tony nomination in the original 1966 Broadway production.
Scroll down on this page to read the great reviews Patrick received when he played Max in the Los Angeles Reprise! production of the show in 2007.
June 29th, Good Morning Texas broadcast from the Dallas Theatre Center "Superman" stage. They showed videos from a performance, as well as backstage "tour", and you can see these videos here. You will find each subsequent clip at the right side of the page.
See a photo of Jack Cassidy as "Max" and read the original 1966 NY Times review of the production, Here
Reviews for "Superman"
Photo with Cara Statham Serber ("Miss Nesbitt") - By Matthew Kilgore
One of the few non-admirers of the Man of the Steel: Maxwell Menken, a vainglorious billionaire who's jealous of Superman's popularity -- and determined to use the city's worst arch-criminals in a plot to eliminate his super-duper rival. In the 1966 production, Menken was an equally egocentric newspaper columnist, stylishly played by the Tony-nominated Jack Cassidy. Patrick Cassidy, the late actor's son, takes over the reconceived role at DTC, where he steals every scene that isn't bolted to the floor with spectacularly snide villainy and impressively energetic dance moves. - By Joe Leydon - Variety
Casting Patrick Cassidy as villain Max Menken (the role his father, Jack Cassidy, originated in 1966)
was a grand gesture. This Cassidy is wonderfully oily as this darker version of the character.
- By Lawson Taitte - Staff Critic, Dallas Morning News 01:01 AM June 26, 2010
Photo with Matthew Kilgore ("Kazam") at after party
But the villains, oh dear lord, the main villains chew up the stage. Patrick Cassidy is deliciously douchey as Lex Luthor Max Menken in his perfectly tailored three-piece suit and gleaming Colgate smile (even when he's photographed for a mug shot). He has the Boradway-est piece, of course, an all-villains vaudeville with a cane and table-top dancing and it is just so much fun! Cassidy plays on his good looks so that Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor seems less "pathetic old fool" and more "disgruntled star quarterback who lost the homecoming king crown to the president of the AV Club." He sings like an effing dream as well. I'm now a Patrick Cassidy fan. - By xenokattz http://xenokattz.livejournal.com/
The original bad guy was a power-hungry gossip columnist named Max Mencken, played with panache by the great Jack Cassidy. In the new version, Menken's a power-mad billionaire businessman, played with panache by Jack's son, Patrick Cassidy. - By Michael Riedel - NY Post - July 23, 2010
Family night at the Dallas Theater Center
12:00 AM Sat, Jun 26, 2010
Lawson Taitte/Theater Critic - Dallas Morning News Arts Blog
At the premiere of the revised It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman this evening, Bess Enloe was sitting behind me with her granddaughter and three small classmates of hers from the Hockaday School. But there was an even bigger family reunion a few rows back. Patrick Cassidy plays the villain, Max Mencken, in the show -- the same role his father, Jack Cassidy, played back in 1966 on Broadway. To support the current star, his mother, Shirley Jones , and his half-brother, David Cassidy, were in the audience as part of a larger group. Cool to see them all there.
An excerpt from:
Patrick almost wasn't cast in the show. Moriarty and a New York casting agent looked at dozens of Broadway actors. None of them worked—they were all too heavy, too grim. Moriarty wanted someone who could render smarmy sexy, someone light on his feet, someone "who doesn't sweat—who doesn't have to sweat." Someone like Jack Cassidy.
PC.net received, on June 22 , these terrific emails from two Dallas locals who enjoyed Patrick's performance. (photo of Patrick in rehearsal in Dallas - by Danny Fulgencio)
Perhaps the most unforgettable, out of a thousand Broadway moments, was watching Jack in the original Superman in 1966, when I was 10 years old. The first B'way show for me and my brothers. I remember his performance vividly, and the brilliant cast album has been a private favorite ever since. So Sunday night, I took my own 10-year-old daughter to Dallas Theater Center--to see you recreate the old man's role. Now, nobody was as great as your father onstage--a matter that became irrelevant, as you soared in the part yourself. So we saw in you a giant reflection of Jack, plus another dimension all your own. The beat goes on.
Patrick and his brother David attended Mark Wayman's "The Godfather of Vegas Sit Down" on February 23,2010 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. The Godfather hosts private mixers in Las Vegas, Hollywood, San Francisco and Dallas. Attendees are Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and celebrities for the purpose of introducing clients, friends and business partners to each other. An opportunity to meet 100 high quality pay-it-forward executives. Among others who attended was John Ratzenberger ("Cliff" from Cheers). Photo kindly donated for our use here by Mark Wayman. http://www.godfatherlv.com/
Patrick took part in "The Music of The Music Man" concerts Nov. 27-28 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with Shirley Jones and Rebecca Luker. Patrick played the role of Harold Hill. (Rebecca played Marian Paroo and Shirley played Mrs. Paroo.)The three concerts featured the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marvin Hamlisch.
Valley Life Magazine did a wonderful interview with Patrick for their Nov/Dec 2008 issue. The article has been added to the PRESS page. You can also see the article as it appears in the magazine with photo at:
Patrick performed in Reprise! Theatre Company's production of "I Love My Wife", December 2 -14 at the Brentwood Theatre in Los Angeles. Also in the cast were Lea Thompson, Vicki Lewis and Jason Alexander.
"I Love My Wife" reviews
Cassidy looks and sounds more like late father Jack with each passing year, and his winning blend of wholesomeness and sleaze suggests much more heat than the libretto actually offers. The men's duet "Everybody Today Is Turnin' On," encapsulates the evening, with equal amazement prompted by Cassidy and Alexander's exuberant skill and the lyrics' bad taste. - Bob Verini, Variety
Cassidy is adept at physical comedy and knows how to time a punch line. With his lanky body and awkwardly charming athleticism, he's reminiscent of Dick Van Dyke. - Paul Hodgins, The Orange County Register
Lee Martino's delicate choreography is executed with panache by Cassidy. - Charles McNulty, L.A. Times
What propels this Reprise production are Larry Moss' bubbly direction and the irresistible efforts of four veteran performers: Jason Alexander, Vicki Lewis, Patrick Cassidy, and Lea Thompson, whose gleeful spirits are infectious. The interplay among the four triple-threat players is beautifully balanced. Cassidy gives a delectable comic portrayal — suaveness mixed with satiric sleaze — and he's a first-rate song-and-dance man. - Les Spindle, Backstage Magazine
Cassidy shows off his ability to wrap around Coleman's quick melody in "Everybody Today is Turnin' On" and moves quite well in that ragtime number.
- Jonas Schwartz, Theatermania.com
Jason Alexander stripping- pure heaven. Only made better when Patrick Cassidy strips to his boxers revealing a shockingly perfect physique.
- westcoastdrama, TalkingBroadway.com
Carousel in Oklahoma: One of the chorus cast wrote up an "insider's look" about doing "Carousel":Carousel, Confessions of a Chorister by Elaine Warner Saturday, October 25, 2008- http://members.webs.com/MembersB/EditPage/%20http://okietravel.blogspot.com/2008/10/carousel-confessions-of-chorister.html
Life's been busy this week with rehearsals for a concert presentation of "Carousel" starring Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy and Miss America Lauren Nelson here in Oklahoma City. The Edmond Community Chorale is singing the chorus parts -- we're sort of aural set dressing.Shirley Jones is singing the part of Nettie while Lauren Nelson sings Julie, the role Miss Jones made famous. Now in her 70s, Jones is still trim and beautiful and although her voice is no longer the clear, light, high voice of her youth, she brings vocal warmth and maturity to her role. Her son, Patrick Cassidy, is a treat to watch. With the striking silver hair of his father, Jack Cassidy, he caught every eye with his good looks-- until last night, when someone decided Billy Bigelow shouldn't have silver hair. Oh my gosh, the wig looked like a poodle on his head! Bring back the real Patrick Cassidy -- it's totally believeable that Julie Jordan would go for him. (Other than the fact that he's a pretty awful character!) University of Central Oklahoma students take a couple of the other roles. The girl playing Carrie, Madison Bookout, has a wonderful voice and Mr. Snow's (James Avance) soaring tenor overcomes the fact that his character is a real prig. Lauren Nelson does a fine job as Julie. Of course, the real star is Shirley Jones. Most of the chorus know her from reruns of the Partridge Family -- they're such babies. A few of us know her from the 50's movies "Carousel" and "Oklahoma." A few of the kids are too young for either group. But I'm sure they can tell they're in the presence of a real star and a real lady.Even with a magnifying glass, you can't tell much from this picture taken last night during rehearsal -- but Shirley Jones is on the right in the white pants suit and Patrick Cassidy is in front in the red sweater. The men are standing, singing "Blow High, Blow Low."
Terrific Review of "The Music Man" - Donna Larcen, Hartford Courant Staff Writer
Patrick Cassidy makes a superb Harold Hill - By Sandy MacDonald,Theatermania - April 23, 2008
‘Music Man’ Still in Tune after 50 Years - Jan Nargi, JMN Publications/Broadwayworld - April 25, 2008
Handsome Broadway leading man Patrick Cassidy acquits himself very well in the role made famous by Robert Preston – that of the fast-talking, "spellbinding" con man bent on swindling the good people of River City, Iowa out of the money they have given him to purchase band instruments and uniforms. Trouble is he's not quite fast enough to escape the charms of Marian the librarian (Lisa Vroman). Before he can take the money and run, he's lost his heart and gained a soul.
Cassidy blends the hustler with the hero very well, making Hill's opportunistic and cynical veneer just thin enough to let Marian, and the audience, see the tenderness and unfulfilled romantic dreams he hides beneath. His vulnerable good-guy-waiting-for-a-purpose makes Marian's attraction to him – and his own climactic morally positive change of heart – all the more believable. His sparkling rendition of "Ya Got Trouble" is full of evangelical charisma, and his sexy "Marian the Librarian" is a steamy seduction made even hotter by some very clever choreography and staging.
Jones is incandescent as the Widow Paroo. She brings great camaraderie to her blossoming relationship with Professor Hill by joining Cassidy at the end of his winning "Gary, Indiana." She also shines as her son's jubilant dance partner in the high-energy production number "Shipoopi." As the indomitable and straight-talking Irish matriarch, Jones is pure delight.
Whenever Cassidy and Jones share a song, a dance or a scene together, their mouths grin and their eyes sparkle with uncontained joy. Their obvious affection is contagious, and the entire cast has been infected.
The accolades continue from Joanne Greco Rochman, The Waterbury Republican-American - April 25, 2008
Casting Broadway super-stars Patrick Cassidy as Harold Hill, and Lisa Vroman as Marian Paroo is kismet. They have so much electricity between them that I'm surprised they're not burned crisp. Cassidy's real life mother Shirley Jones as Mrs. Paroo adds stardust wherever she goes. Casting these headliners was either a stroke of luck or genius. Cassidy is charismatic; Vroman is music personified, and Jones is still darn good.
After the show was over and because the audience wouldn't leave, Shirley Jones spoke to the audience. She recounted making the movie of "The Music Man" with Robert Preston. "I was three months pregnant and the producers told me not to tell anyone. They assured me that they could hide my pregnancy with ruffled costumes and such…" However in the last scene when Preston pulls her tight to him he felt the baby kick. He pulled away and said, "What the heck was that?"
She introduced him to Patrick Cassidy for the first time. Patrick then remembered when as an adult he was in a benefit performance with Robert Preston. "I knocked on Preston's door to introduce myself, but as soon as I said 'I'm Patrick Cassidy' he said, 'We've already met.'" Then Cassidy and Jones sang "Till There Was You" and there wasn't a dry eye in the audience. Thank goodness confetti exploded into the air and brought the curtain down.
And from the online blog of a member of the boy's band in the cast - jesska1018:
11:13 pm 4/23/08
"Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana"!
So I got to get into the full marching band uniform and go to the Bushnell and pretend to play the trumpet for like maybe a minute [if not less] on stage during THE MUSIC MAN in the boy's band at the end.
...And I got to say hi to Patrick Cassidy.
I was sooo stoked.
To watch Shirley, Robert Preston, and....um....Patrick's "bump" in the orig. 1962 film, click:
Opening Night cast party at Vito's by the Park - April 22, 2008
Photos by Jan Nargi/JMN Publications/Broadwayworld
Patrick, Shirley, Philip Wm. McKinley (director),and Lisa Vroman
Frank Rizzo of The Hartford Courant interviewed Patrick:
"The Music Man" "is part of the family's DNA," says Patrick Cassidy, who starred in the world premiere of the musical "Martin Guerre" at Hartford Stage in 1993. "Of all the films of my mother's this was the one I was most exposed to growing up. Plus the fact that she was pregnant with me has something to do with it, too."
"The role I did in '42nd Street' — as well as Harold Hill — has a lot of my father in it," says Cassidy, referring to the late actor Jack Cassidy (Broadway's "She Loves Me"). "I am so honored to finally get to play the part and to obviously get to play it with my mother. We are both loving this experience."
Cassidy will also perform with his mother this fall in "Carousel," with Cassidy playing Billy Bigelow and Jones playing Nettie, who sings "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Photos of Patrick in "The Music Man" rehearsals.
(STEPHEN DUNN/ Hartford Courant April 15, 2008)
Los Angeles City College Theatre Alumni & Associates presented "Two's Company – An All-Star Event Celebrating The Songs of Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz" at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA on Monday evening, November 5. The fundraiser benefited the Los Angeles City College Theatre Alumni & Associates and the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy. Patrick performed “Shooting Star” from the movie “Hercules”. His mom Shirley of course attended the show.
Photo at right shows l-r: Dr. Al Rossi, Rex Smith (who also performed), Shirley Jones and Patrick.
A Great review for "Carousel" in Austin, TX June 22-23, 2007:
He's a bit of a thug, this Billy Bigelow. Oh, he's plenty handsome, with a square jaw and a face to swoon for, but you can tell he knows it; his slow swagger broadcasts the man's cocksure confidence in his own looks. It shows off something darker, too; with every step, you can see the weight of that chip on his shoulder, the resentment that dogs him, that's to blame for that clench in his jaw and steely stare just a stone's throw from mean. He has the look of a man with a hair-trigger temper, and it's no surprise when he turns violent, even when that involves raising his hand to a woman.
Watching Patrick Cassidy saunter menacingly through the role in TexARTS' production of Carousel, radiating this roiling discontent, made me appreciate anew the risk that Rodgers and Hammerstein took with this musical. Billy is hardest on the woman (Julie) with whom he's supposedly in love. He tries to take advantage of her initially. He lies to her. He's cold. And, yes, he strikes her. It's a long haul with the character before he gives us much of anything to root for. Jill Blackwood imbued Julie with an unfathomable yearning. And on meeting Cassidy's Billy, she was the picture of uncertainty: hands twisting behind her back, eyes unsure where to land, glancing from him to sky to her shoes. She knew he was trouble, yet her loneliness drew her to him. And for his part, Cassidy, without sacrificing his character's dark traits, let us feel Billy's attraction to her, shading it with confusion and a kind of relief at finding someone who could complete him. He built on that memorably in the moment when Julie tells him she's pregnant. As beautifully staged by director Brad Dalton, Blackwood steeled herself for an angry blow, and Cassidy paused long enough and with a blank enough expression to put a gripping tension in the air before he finally signaled his elation.
- Robert Faires, The Austin Chronicle
Some Wonderful Reviews of "Superman" - Reprise! May 14, 2007
It was interesting to note Patrick Cassidy was paying homage to his father Jack Cassidy who originated the role of Max Menchen, the slick & on-the-make opportunist reporter.
- Shepard's Theatre Alley blogpost
Patrick Cassidy did a great, crowd-pleasing job of imitating his father, right down to the handsome twinkle in his eyes and voice. And yes, his mother Shirley Jones was in the audience, cheering him on.
- Mark Evanier (www.newsfromme.com) -A TV, movie and theatre weblog
When my husband saw the original, Jack Cassidy played the egotistical reporter. Last night, Patrick Cassidy revived his father's part. We've seen Patrick a number of times on the stage in L.A. and he's always good. He was a particularly good Bobby in "Company" and we saw him and his brother Shaun sing two of the princes' songs from "Into the Woods" at an all-Sondheim charity benefit earlier this year.
- M. C. Valada (mcvalada.blogspot.com)
Patrick Cassidy as gossip columnist Max Mencken, a role made famous by his father, the late Jack Cassidy, in the original Broadway production. They were all excellent, with Patrick doing a particularly remarkable job of channeling his late dad, right up to the impish sparkle in his eye and the blinding gleam in his teeth.
- Len Wein (lenwein.blogspot.com) - legendary comic book and TV writer (creator of Swamp Thing and The New X-Men, among others)
Cassidy brought a perfectly snide aspect to the no-good reporter role.
- James Sims, broadwayworld.com
April 23, 2007 Update - Patrick just finished a doing workshop of a new Musical review that he possibly will do in the Fall called "The Best is Yet to Come" featuring the music of Cy Coleman.
March 6: This week Patrick will be shooting a rather large guest spot for an upcoming CSI Miami!!
For the S.T.A.G.E. Sondheim tribute in Los Angeles, Patrick will be singing with his brother Shaun and he thinks it will be hysterical!
Mom Shirley had to change plans and will not be participating.
Those who still want to buy tickets to see Patrick, you can:
Performances are March 10-11th.
For ticket ordering information, visit: www.stagela.com
Ticket reservations can be made by calling: 323-656-9069 or online at the show's website.
Patrick performed a sampling of his solo show for nationwide cabaret/showroom bookers at a private event at the NY Hilton on January 21st. Patrick's act was very well received with enthusiastic laughter, applause and cheers from all there. A few other Broadway performers also did samplings.
Patrick shot a pilot for the Comedy Central Network entitled "Not Another Teen Show", by the same writer who wrote the film, "Not Another Teen Movie". Just as that film spoofed the genre of the typical 'teen movies', "Not Another Teen Show" is a spoof on all of the typical "teen drama" TV shows such as "The OC", "90210" & "Buffy". Patrick says the pilot is very funny stuff. His role is a spoof of Peter Gallagher's lawyer/dad character from "The OC". So let's keep fingers crossed for the pilot to be pick up!!
Patrick went down to Florida mid-Dec to break in his cabaret act, which he says is going to be quite good.
(Given his knack for creativity, we have no doubts about that!) The audience there enjoyed it very much.
Per the producers, the JOSEPH Tour soundtrack CD is now available for purchase at Miki & Mimi Merchandise - 214-441-2100.
John Moore of The Denver Post conducted a podcast with Patrick. Click on the link below to listen online.
May 18, 2006 - Lansing Michigan's "City Pulse" wrote:
"Patrick Cassidy is the most commandingly good-looking lead actor I've seen in a while and belts out a ballad so powerful the Wharton Center's walls threatened to buckle!"
The Oregonian newspaper referred to Patrick as being "one of musical theater's most-dependable leading men." !!!
On March 3rd 2006, Patrick won Best Actor Golden Icon Award for 'Joseph' by Travolta Family Entertainment!! Go to "Press" page for more information on the award.
Patrick informs that there is talk and a possibility that the producers will bring "Joseph" back to BROADWAY in late 2006. If this does happen, Patrick will star!!!
Patrick and the 'Joseph' tour cast went into the studio Dec. 1st, 2005 in Chicago to record a soundtrack CD of 'Joseph' to be sold at the theatres and hopefully in stores!!
Melissa Hurley Cassidy appears dancing in the upcoming movie verson of the Broadway musical, RENT. The movie is in theaters November 23rd.
After Patrick and Melissa appeared on KWMU's Cityscape show on Sept 23, Patrick invited host Steve Potter to see "Joseph" and to visit backstage. See photo left taken at The Fox Theatre, Sept. 27th. Photo kindly sent in by Steve.
March 21: Patrick filmed a guest spot today in the pilot for a possible ABC series called, "Sold!" (formerly "Westside"). The show is about a real estate agency which deals in high priced properties in L.A. Though he signed on as a guest, it could turn into a recurring role! Currently, the show is not on ABC's fall 2005 schedule
The S.T.A.G.E. Benefit, and the "Wall to Wall Sondheim" concert were both recorded for later (separate)CD releases. Release dates will be posted when known.
For his appearance on St. Patrick's Day at the Assistance League Newport/Mesa, Patrick did a tryout preview of his cabaret act. He sang songs associated with his parents and his brothers and held up photos of each of them as he told stories and jokes about them and growing up in his famous family. He sang "Til There Was You" tributing his mom Shirley, and in tribute of his dad Jack, he sang one of his dad's favorite songs, "Danny Boy". The performance was very well received and enjoyed by all in attendance. Patrick will continue to tweak and change his act as he develops it more. photo by Starr Buck, OC Register showing Patrick and Melissa with Assistance League staff members.
March 14: At Patrick's S.T.A.G.E. Benefit performance this past weekend in Los Angeles, the Harry Warren tribute kicked-off with a spectacular tap-dance number led by the granddaughter of Ruby Keeler, Sarah Lowe; Keeler starred in the film version of Warren's 42nd Street. Forty tap dancers surrounded Lowe for the 42nd Street title number, and Fayard Nicholas (PCnet note: of famed Nicholas Brothers tapdancing team) and wife Katheryn then were joined by Patrick and Carole Cook (PCnet note: you've seen her numerous times on the old "Here's Lucy" TV show) for "Lullaby of Broadway."
Feb 24th: Patrick's episode of "Without A Trace" titled "Manhunt" aired tonight. If you missed it you can catch it during summer reruns.
January 25 Update
Patrick checked in with a report on last night's MTC Gala (see news item below). His brother David also came and they performed a song together, too.
Patrick opened with his father's (Jack Cassidy)song from the Broadway musical, Superman, "Woman for the Man" then the "Till There Was You" segment about his mom, Shirley, being pregant with him during the filming of The Music Man. Then he did a number from the MTC musical
production of Wild Party and dedicated it to his wife Melissa. He ended with doing a duet of "You're Nothing Without Me" with David (for which Patrick rewrote some comic parody lyrics referencing the two brothers' relationship). He said the evening went very well and it was all great. He will be busy when he returns to L.A. today as this week Patrick will shoot an episode of the CBS Friday night drama "Without a Trace". A really good part!
Photos by Bruce Glikas of Broadway.com - used with his kind permission.
Top Left: Leslie Uggams, Patrick and O'Hara - Top Right: With Patrick's brother David Cassidy and MTC Artistic Director - Bottom Left: Patrick and David - Bottom right and Below: Performing
Patrick will come back to New York City to participate in the Symphony Space free 12-hour "Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim" tribute concert at Peter Sharp Theatre - 95th and Broadway - March 19 2005. The concert begins at 11AM!
January 3, 2005: Patrick finished his role as "Julian Marsh" when the legendary "42nd Street" closed on Broadway yesterday, after a VERY successful three-year run. It could have ran even longer, it was so muched liked by audiences.
EXCITING NEWS: Patrick is in the midst of putting together his own cabaret stage act for 2005!
Patrick was interviewed (along with other Broadway stars)on CNN and various local NYC news programs Dec. 29 regarding Jerry Orbach's passing, as Patrick was 42nd St's last show-ending "Julian Marsh".
After four weeks of workshop rehearsals (in addition to doing regular "42nd St." shows!) Patrick performed the role of George Putnam at the October 13th private industry reading of the Richard Maltby & David Shire aviation-history musical, "Take Flight". The reading was presented to investors for a possible future Broadway production.
Patrick sang "Lullaby of Broadway" at the Oct. 3rd party for the PBS documentary "Broadway, The American Musical." The 6 part PBS series aired Tues-Thurs Oct. 19-21.
Patrick was one of the Broadway performers to take part in the second "Voices for Change" concert, subtitled "A Benefit to Take Back the White House," held Sept. 19 at the Ars Nova Theater.
Patrick and Shirley were among the many Broadway stars at the "Broadway Barks" dog/cat adoption event in Shubert Alley on July 10th. Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters hosted the annual benefit. Last year 6,000 theater fans attended!
In the original 1980 production, the role of Julian Marsh was quasi-melodramatic. He's softer here, suggesting a romantic interest in the chorus girl he turns into a star. (Patrick) Cassidy plays the role suavely.
- Howard Kissel, New York Daily News, June 28, 2004
Patrick Cassidy is very good indeed. He has something of that dangerous glint and odd pale glitter that once made his father so effective on Broadway, together with a powerful presence all his own.
- Clive Barnes, New York Post June 25, 2004
Tall and silver-haired, Patrick Cassidy uses his height to create an intimidating stage presence for his character, the respected director Julian Marsh. He speaks as if he's chewing on a cigar, barking orders and rattling off pep talks with appropriate period diction. In his big number, "Lullaby of Broadway," he makes the familiar tune genuinely seductive.
- Gordon Cox, New York Newsday June 25, 2004
There is also an outstanding review from the Hollywood Reporter
June 2, 2004
Patrick performed "Lullabye of Broadway" at the annual "Stars In The Alley" in Shubert Alley. Shirley played a host with "Raisin in the Sun" star, Phylicia Rashad.
(Photo Â© Michael Portantiere)
MAY 23, 2004 - Patrick's former co-stars from "Lady in the Dark" - Christine Ebersole (loads of TV & Stage and the orig. 'Dorothy Brock' in 2001), and Edward Hibbert (Stage & TV, best known as "Gil" - the radio restaurant critic on "Fraiser") came to see the matinee performance of 42nd Street & visited with Patrick after the show.
That same night, Patrick's guest spot on the NBC forensic drama series, "Crossing Jordan" aired. The episode "Dead in the Water" had him playing a plastic surgeon accused of murdering his partner in an operation. Catch it on summer reruns if you missed it now.
REPORT OF PATRICK'S FIRST NIGHT AT 42ND STREET MAY 7, 2004!!
Jones & Cassidy Kick Up Those Dancin' Feet in 42nd Street Opening
-By Morgan Allen at Playbill.com
10 May 2004
Patrick Cassidy and Shirley Jones, actor and actress, mother and son, opened their run as 42nd Street's Julian Marsh and Dorothy Brock on May 7. Shirley Jones has appeared on Broadway in South Pacific and Maggie Flynn, but is perhaps most beloved for her roles in the film versions of Carousel and Oklahoma! Patrick Cassidy is no stranger to the theatre, having made appearances in both Annie Get Your Gun and Aida in recent years.
Cassidy shares the special moment with his wife, Melissa, at left, while Jones is seen with Sheila MacRae at an afterparty following their performance in the lobby of the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on West 42nd Street in New York City. Below, the duo and the rest of the cast give their curtain call.
- All photos are by Aubrey Reuben
Curtain Call at '42nd Street'
April 22, 2004: Patrick & his mom attended opening night of the Broadway revival of "Assassins" at Studio 54. (Patrick was in the orig. "Assassins in '91 NYC)
"COME ON ALONG!!".....
and see Patrick and his mother Shirley Jones in the landmark production of "42nd Street" at The Ford Center on 42nd Street in Times Square! Patrick plays the role of director Julian Marsh, and Shirley portrays "fading star" Dorothy Brock. They will appear until August 1, 2004. This marks the first time EVER in theatre history that a mother and son have performed in a musical on Broadway!
Patrick and Melissa were among the celebrities at the 14th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala February 29, 2004 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
-photo by Spinelli for Wire Image.
November 24, 2003 - Patrick sent the following info. to PC.net
"I just finished a 'Charmed' guestspot. I play a hippie peace and love child from the 60's and the girls' grandfather. They go back in time to try and stop my death. It was fun!" Patrick wore his "Joseph/Technicolor Dreamcoat" wig
The sisters are still separated; Piper at the Manor,Paige at Richard's and Phoebe with Jason in Hong Kong. They come back to vanquish the Bog, and in the process, Paige ends up back in the 60's with a Hippie Grams. The ever peaceful flower child refuses to vanquish a demon. It takes a drastic turn of events, which Paige almost screws up, to turn her into the witch we know and love so well.
- thanks to http://members.webs.com/MembersB/EditPage/www.thecharmedones.com
Sept. 16, 2003Patrick (and whole cast) got great reviews for the one-night reading of "Assassins"!!
July 2003 - Patrick has done a small film for a friend of his, so he's been busy with that and deciding on what will be next.
photo (unrelated to the film) taken by Guastella for Wire Images
Patrick was at the finale of "American Idol" on Wednesday May 21, 2003.
March 6: Patrick will not appear in "She Loves Me" at Reprise! TERRIFIC news is he is shooting a MAJOR TV pilot for U.S. UPN network called "Newton" co-starring Amy Pietz ('Annie' from 'Caroline in the City' sitcom). In fact, as this is being typed he's in gear to depart for three weeks of filming in Australia! but wanted to let all PC.net visitors know first before he took off. He learned he got the pilot only a couple hours before telling PC.net!
He also reports that he just got back from filming another episode of Smallville titled "Witness" which will be shown sometime next month.
Patrick's "According to Jim" episode aired on March 11th. If you mised it, it should repeat during the summer. ABC press info follows:
"Dana Gets Fired" - Jim stands up to Dana's caustic boss -- and gets her fired-- and Andy has trouble delegating the arrangements for his birthday party, on According to Jim," TUESDAY, MARCH 11 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest starring is Patrick Cassidy as Bingham.
Patrick's appearance on "The Agency" was shown Dec. 14th 2002. He played the role of a fundraiser for the IRA. He said it was great. It was just a cameo, but a wonderful scene between Beau Bridges, Daniel Benzali and Patrick! (Patrick's brother Shaun Cassidy is one of the executive producers of this highly successful show.)
Patrick guest starred as Radames in AIDA on Broadway from June 25-30 2002, when Adam Pascal was out with an injury. Patrick garnered raves from all sides: from tremendous ovations of the audiences, to the praise from cast members and theatre staff to the producers who were especially thrilled with Patrick's performance! It is their hope that Patrick will come back to guest star again.
PATRICK WON THE 2002 NATIONAL BROADWAY THEATRE AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A TOURING MUSICAL AS 'RADAMES' IN "AIDA"!!!
FROM MARCH 27, 2001 UNTIL MARCH 24, 2002 PATRICK STARRED AS RADAMES IN THE FIRST NATIONAL TOUR OF 'AIDA'. BELOW ARE PHOTOS AND REVIEWS FROM HIS SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN THE TOUR.
All "Aida" images are copyright of Disney Theatricals/Joan Marcus (unless otherwise credited)and are not used here for profit.
The weekend of March 22-24 in Cleveland was a highly emotional one for the cast as five other members were leaving the tour in addition to Patrick. On Friday, a small goodbye cast reception was held in a nearby restaurant following that evening's performance.
During the last Sunday night show, each cast member leaving the tour was introduced onstage to take a bow. Kelli Fournier (Amneris) brought out a bouquet of flowers to Patrick. Following that performance, the cast went to a local tavern for a final farewell gathering.
"Patrick said to me, 'Stay with me and I will not let you fall.' I said a big prayer and didn't miss a note," said the 26-year old Dandridge. "Patrick Cassidy was my rock during the entire show."
L.A. Opening Night Party Dialog Nov. 11, 2001
Shirley Jones, mother of the show's co-star, Patrick Cassidy, who plays Radames in the Elton John/Tim Rice spin on the Verdi opera said, "I'm a very proud mom,".
Of his buff role (he appears shirtless in many scenes), Cassidy said he has to spend "a lot of time in gyms across the country. We've been on the road for seven months!"
First nighters included Billy Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Swoosie Kurtz, Tom Bosley, Bob Saget, Cheryl Ladd (webmistress note: Patrick's Bdway co-star in "Annie Get Your Gun"), Robert Guillaume, Suzanne Pleshette, and Scott Hamilton.
-Patt Diroll, L.A. Times
Patrick wore his own earring in the show. Several attempts to construct an "Eye of Horus" earring proved unsuccessful. He also sported a drawn "tattoo" of the Eye on his upper right arm.