Wallace Shawn, bottom, with Andre the Giant and Mandy Patinkin in "The Princess Bride."  Photo by Clive Coote, courtesy of Act III Communications and Twentieth Century Fox.

The funny-looking guy with the funny-sounding voice from "My Dinner with Andre" will appear this month with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Actor Wallace Shawn ("Manhattan," "The Princess Bride,:" "Clueless") replaces actor Michael Stuhlberg ("A Serious Man," "Boardwalk Empire") as narrator in composer Earl Kim's "Cornet," based on the famous war poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.Stuhlberg, previously announced for the gig, had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts, said the SPCO.

Shawn was a personal friend of the composter, who died in 1998.

Shawn, also a playwright and voice actor, steps in for two dates with the SPCO: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Wayzata Community Church, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota. The program for those concerts also includes Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" as set for string orchestra by Mahler.

Concert tickets are $10, $25 and $40, kids $5. Call 651.-91-1144.


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