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Chris Sarandon and Mario Cantone LIVE IN NYC! - 4/20/23

Katy Beth Barber

Apr 13, 2023

Join Chris Sarandon and Mario Cantone Live at the GreenRoom 42 on April 20 at 7pm

Join Academy-Award Nominee, Chris Sarandon, and Tony-nominated actor and comedian, Mario Cantone, in a one-night-only live recording podcast episode of "Cooking By Heart" on April 20, 2023 at 7pm at The GreenRoom 42.

What is "Cooking By Heart?"


In this podcast series, the discussions with well-known actors, directors, authors, politicians, business figures, and comedians will center on memories of the meals or favorite foods we all grew up with, from the exotic to the mundane, dishes that still tickle or tantalize us as adults and, most importantly, we’ll discuss the stories and people that accompany those memories. We’ll also post our guests' favorite recipes on our website.

In one episode of “Cooking by Heart,” a Federal Judge/gourmet cook tells of his parent’s illiterate cook who grabs flour, lard, yeast, and water literally by the handfuls to create an amazing, luxurious bread, a recipe that now he recreates for friends. In another episode, a well-known actor, author, and gourmet cook remembers the mouth-watering brisket sandwiches he would surreptitiously devour when, as a delivery boy for his jeweler uncle, he would deliver not only precious gems but also pick up lunch sandwiches for his uncle’s staff at a local pool hall. A TV and film writer/director/producer recalls roasting bread on his grandmother's wooden stove, then watching her slather it with butter and sugar.

Actor Chris Sarandon is best known for his roles as Prince Humperdinck in “The Princess Bride,” as the lead speaking voice of Jack Skellington in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the cunning vampire in “Fright Night,” and his Academy Award-nominated role in “Dog Day Afternoon.” He grew up working in his Greek immigrant father’s restaurant in West Virginia. Both of his Greek grandfathers owned diners and coffee shops, and his son is a trained chef, the family business. (BTW, his daughters are also accomplished cooks!) Sarandon was initially taught to cook by his mother and various cooks in his father’s restaurant. He combines his love of food with an actor’s keen ear for human stories.

About The Artists

Chris Sarandon

Chris Sarandon by KBarber Photography.

On Broadway, Chris Sarandon has appeared as Jacob Rothschild in the original musical “The Rothschilds;” replaced Raul Julia in the hit musical romp, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona;” and appeared with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner as the Comte de Guiche in the acclaimed production of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” His Off-Broadway appearances include: Dave Malloy’s “Preludes” at Lincoln Center; “Through a Glass Darkly;” with Carey Mulligan at the New York Theater Workshop; and in John Guare’s “Marco Polo Sings a Solo” with Madeline Kahn, Joel Grey, and Sigourney Weaver at the Public Theater.Sarandon played Al Pacino’s would-be transsexual lover in the film “Dog Day Afternoon,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.  He’s also had starring roles in the films “Lipstick,” Sam Peckinpah’s last film “The Osterman Weekend,” “Protocol” co-starring with with Goldie Hawn, the cult vampire classic “Fright Night,” as the speaking voice of Jack Skellington in Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas;” and  as the dastardly Prince Humperdinck in “The Princess Bride.” More recently he has appeared in “I Smile Back” with Sarah Silverman, and in Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap.”

On Television Sarandon has starred in the dual roles of Sidney Carton and Charles Darnay in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “A Tale of Two Cities” with an all-star British cast, as Thomas Wolfe in the Hall of Fame production of “You Can’t Go Home Again,” and as Jesus in “The Day Christ Died,” among many other movie specials for television. He has also appeared in recurring roles on the series “ER,” “Picket Fences,” “The Practice,” “Felicity,”, and “Judging Amy.” He starred with Sally Field as a Supreme Court judge in the short-lived ABC series, “The Court.”

Sarandon has created a popular podcast, “Cooking By Heart,” discussing with his guests our childhood memories of food and the people and stories attached to those memories. He is married to the incomparable actress/writer/director Joanna Gleason, with whom he starred in the well-remembered but ill-fated Broadway musical “Nick and Nora.” They have nine grandchildren . . . and counting.

Mario Cantone 

The celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show, LAUGH WHORE, which began at the Cort Theatre on Broadway and was developed into a special on Showtime.Other memorable Broadway shows include starring roles in the Tony Award-winning ASSASSINS by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman and in Terrence McNally‘s LOVE! VALOR! COMPASSION! Both shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.  Cantone has also appeared as “Stephano” in Shakespeare‘s THE TEMPEST at the Public Theater.

Next up in theatre Mario stars in the Broadway-bound show, BLISS. The animated Mario Cantone starred in Sony‘s film, SURF’S UP, and appeared in THE ARTISTOCRATS. On television, Cantone is best known as “Anthony Marentino” on HBO’s SEX AND THE CITY, which spawned the movie franchise and the much-anticipated reboot entitled, AND JUST LIKE THAT, headed back to HBO MAX for season 2. Mario also recurred on the FX show BETTER THINGS.

Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at venues including Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City’s, Borgata, Headlining at Gotham Comedy, The Comedy Cellar, and most recently became the only stand-up comedy performance at the legendary Cafe Carlyle. His other television appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Wendy Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, Martha, The Today Show, and multiple appearances on ABC’s The View. Mario is also a favorite on $100,000 Pyramid.

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