Disney Concert Hall Gala
October 29, PBS (check your local listings)

Stokes will be appearing on “Great Performances “ on October 29 on PBS celebrating the opening of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His performance was recorded on October 25th, the last night of the 3 day inaugural of the concert hall. Also appearing with him were Audra McDonald and Josh Grobin with hosts Steven Spielberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tom Hanks.

The concert on the 25th was called “Soundstage LA” and celebrated the works of some of LA’s best film composers. It opened with a world premier overture written especially for the hall by John Williams. It was followed by selections from scores by Steiner (King Kong), Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Rozsa (Madame Bovary Waltz), John Williams (The Close Encounters Suite), Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven and To Kill a Mockingbird), Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Hermann and others. 

Stokes appeared in the second part of the show which featured some of the great songs from films that have gone on to become classics. He sang “Laura” - the theme from the move “Laura” which was written by David Raksin with lyrics by Johnny Mercer and arranged by the incomparable Eddie Karam. It was conducted by John Williams. Mr. Raksin was in the audience along with many of the other composers.

The conducting duties of the night were shared by both Williams and the gifted Maestro of the LA philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

The evening was followed by a dinner serenaded by the Mancini orchestra.

Stokes said that the acoustics of the hall were phenomenal. Critics have raved, saying that it may have the best acoustics in the world. He sat all over the hall during the rehearsals and listened to the various works, and was astounded by how even and clear the sound was from all areas.

The Hall is giving free tours from Nov. 1 to Nov. 29 of this year. It is not only incredibly beautiful on the outside, it is beautiful on the inside too. See it if you get a chance, or better yet, attend one of the LA Philharmonic’s concerts - you will not be disappointed. For more info check out their website at http://www.laphil.org/home.cfm.

Dirty Rotton Scoundrels

Stokes will star in a workshop of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” in early December. Directed by Jack O’Brien with music by David Yazbek (The Full Monty), the workshop will take place in early December for the creative team. 

If all goes well, what will follow may be a mounted production (possibly at the Globe Theatre in San Diego) and later on to Broadway. However, putting a new Broadway show together is a slow process, so there is no answer yet as to when it will be mounted.

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Walt Disney concert Hall Inaugural Gala: On Saturday, October 25th Stokes will perform at the Inaugural Gala for the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He will be joined by Audra McDonald, Josh Groban, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in a concert conducted by John Williams.  For more info on this event click here.

On Sunday, October 19th, Stokes will join the cast of The Exonerated for one performance only at off Broadway's 45 Bleeker Theatre. It is a show about the variety of experiences of those who spent many years on death row only to be later found innocent and released.  Stokes does not recommended it for younger audience members due to the nature of the subject matter and some strong language. However for more mature teens and adults it is riveting theatre - and true.  For reservations call 212 307-4100. More info can be found here

On Oct. 15th Stokes took part in the Manhattan Theatre Club's unveiling of their new home theatre - the newly renovated Biltmore Theatre on West 47th St. The Biltmore has been dormant since 1987 and will reopen with the play “The Violet Hour” by Richard Greenberg on November 6th .  For more info and photos of the ceremonies and theatre check this out.

NPR audio interview

La Mancha to close August 31

Man of La Mancha is set to close August 31. If you want to see Stokes in the show, please note he’ll be on vacation from July 29-July 31. For the rest of the run (possibly excluding the last 2 weeks) he’ll only doing 7 performances a week. The one he’s most likely to miss will be one of the Wednesday performances.

Stokes dedicates Al Hirschfeld theater.

Good News and Bad news. The Bad news is that Sunday afternoon, June 22, 2003 we gave the last performance of "Man of La Mancha" at the Martin Beck theatre. The good news is that Tuesday evening we will be performing the show once again at the newly renamed Al Hirschfeld Theatre. This is a rare event on Broadway - to be performing in a show when a theatre is renamed - you could probably count on one hand the number of existing theatres that have gone through such an event. Read more about it...

Mazzie replaces Mastrantonio

On Sunday June 29, Stokes will do his last performance with the wonderful Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio who plays Aldonza opposite his Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha at the newly renamed Al Hirschfeld theatre (formerly the Martin Beck).

On Monday, July 1st, Stokes will once again be paired up with one of his favorite leading ladies - Marin Mazzie, who will be replacing Mary Elizabeth. Stokes and Marin last performed together on that same stage as Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi in "Kiss Me Kate".

Tony award show performance

Stokes performed “The Impossible Dream” at the 2003 Tony Award’s show on CBS.

Tony award nomination

Stokes was nominated for a Tony as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Man of La Mancha was also nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

June 2003

June 1: Stokes introduced his understudy, Bradley Dean, at a show called "Covers On" at Sardis, sponsered by the American Theatre Wing.

June 2: Stokes presented an award at the Theatre World Awards ceremony - the award that recognizes outstand Broaddway debuts of the season. Stokes won this award for his performance in the musical “Mail.”

June 4, at 12:30 Stokes performed in "Stars in the Alley' at Shubert Alley in NYC - a free show where most of the Broadway shows do a number from their show.

Hirschfeld’s Harlem book

Stokes contributed a piece for an upcoming book - “Hirschfeld's Harlem” - a book of Al Hirschfelds paintings he did on Harlem in the 1940s - scheduled to be released later this year.

Drama Desk award nomination

Stokes was nominated for the Drama Desk "Outstanding Actor in a Musical" award for Man of La Mancha. See the full nomination list on the website.

Theater Wing’s
“Working in the Theater” on PBS

May 1, Stokes participated an American Theatre Wing "Working in the theatre" seminar. He ws part of a panel discussion with Alec Baldwin, Eddie Izzard, Brent Spiner, Claire Higgins and Sutton Foster. The panel was moderated by Pia Lindstrom and hosted by Isabelle Stevenson. 

The seminar aired in NY on the Cuny channel. It's also been picked up by many local PBS stations, so "check local listings" - or better yet, if you don't get the program in the area, they can write to their local PBS and request that it be shown.

Helen Hayes award nominations & win!

Stokes has been nominated and for two Helen Hayes awards. One for "Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production " in Man of La Mancha. He won this award.

The other for "Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical.” The Helen Hayes Awards will be presented May 5th at The John F. Kennedy Center

Man of la Mancha was also nominated for outstanding non-resident production, Howell Binkley for lighting for Sweeney Todd, Larry Blank - Musical Diresction for Sweeney Todd,  Christine Baranski for outstanding lead actress in a resident
musical for Sweeney todd, Chris Ashley, the director of Sweeney Todd, and Sweeney todd was nominated for outstanding resident musical. Visit the
Helen Hays website.

Outer Critics Circle award nomination

Stokes was nominated for Outer Critics Circle as "Outstanding Actor - Musical" along with Antonio Banderas in Nine; Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray; Jason Petty in Hank Williams: Lost Highway; and Roger Rees - A Man of No Importance. Winners are announed May 5th.

Monday, April 28, 2003,

Stokes performs at the Annual Concert for Peace in the Middle East, New York.

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
Concert begins at 7:30pm. The evening is honoring
His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering. For more info and to buy tickets..

Tuesday January 28: Stokes on Regis and Kelly. Check your local listings for times.

Friday, January 3, (probably between 9-10am) — The Today Show — Stokes sings 'The impossible Dream."

January 7, Man of La Mancha album released.

Read Stokes and La Mancha interviews and reviews here

MAN OF LA MANCHA Begins Previews November 19 At Martin Beck Theatre

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL MARY ELIZABETH MASTRANTONIO - ERNIE SABELLA to star in the new Broadway production of MAN OF LA MANCHA directed by JONATHAN KENT

After Playing The National Theatre in Washington, D.C., The Tony Award-Winning Musical Will Begin Previews On November 19, 2002 At Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre

Stage and screen star Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has just been cast to star as ‘Aldonza’ opposite the ‘Quixote’ of Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell in the new Broadway production of MAN OF LA MANCHA to be directed by Jonathan Kent.

David Stone, Jon B. Platt, John Reid, Sandy Gallin/Susan Gallin & USA Ostar Theatricals will present Dale Wasserman, Joe Darion and Mitch Leigh’s Tony Award-winning musical in an out-of-town engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. from October 8 through November 10, and then in New York. MAN OF LA MANCHA will begin Broadway previews on November 19, 2002 at the Martin Beck Theatre. Broadway, film and television actor Ernie Sabella has also just joined the cast, in the role of ‘Sancho.’

MAN OF LA MANCHA will be Brian Stokes Mitchell’s first Broadway musical since he won the Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for his acclaimed performance in the revival of Kiss Me Kate. With MAN OF LA MANCHA, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio returns to the Broadway stage after an absence of many years.

MAN OF LA MANCHA will be Jonathan Kent’s first directing assignment after leaving his post as head (with Ian McDiarmid) of London’s world-renowned Almeida Theatre. Designing sets and costumes for MAN OF LA MANCHA will be Paul Brown, whose collaborations with Mr. Kent (The Tempest, Platonov, King Lear) have been widely praised (London’s Guardian newspaper called them “astonishing coups de theatre”). Lighting design will be by Paul Gallo (The Crucible, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, City of Angels) and sound design by Tony Meola (Sweet Smell of Success, The Lion King, Kiss Me Kate).

MAN OF LA MANCHA first opened in November 1965. It won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle. It played an incredible 2,341 performances (running nearly six years in an era in which long runs were much less common than today). The musical’s book is by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion.

Brian Stokes Mitchell (Quixote) won the 2000 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance in Kiss Me, Kate. His other Broadway credits include the title role in August Wilson’s King Hedley II (Tony, Drama Desk nominations), Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations, L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle and the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance awards), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, Oh, Kay!, Mail (Theatre World Award), and the City Center Encores! presentations of Do Re Mi and Carnival. His career in television and film spans from “Roots: The Next Generation” and “Trapper John, M.D.” to Dreamworks’ animated feature The Prince of Egypt and Showtime’s “Ruby’s Bucket of Blood” with Angela Bassett and the television film “Call Me Claus” with Whoopi Goldberg. Other TV credits include “Too Rich” with Lauren Bacall, “Double Platinum” with Diana Ross, WNET’s “Great Streets,” “The Singer and the Song from the White House,” “The Kennedy Center Honors” and “The Millennium Celebration” from Washington, D.C. He was just seen in guest-starring roles on both “Frasier” and “Crossing Jordan.” He is currently playing Sweeney Todd as part of the Kennedy Center tribute to Stephen Sondheim.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Aldonza) received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for the film The Color of Money with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. She has also starred in the motion pictures The Perfect Storm, My Life So Far, Limbo, Two Bits, Three Wishes, A Day to Remember, White Sands, Consenting Adults with Kevin Kline and Kevin Spacey, Class Action with Gene Hackman, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner, Fools of Fortune, The Abyss with Ed Harris, The January Man, Slam Dance and Scarface with Al Pacino. Upcoming films: Tabloid and Standing Room Only. Her Broadway musical credits include the revival of West Side Story, Copperfield, Oh, Brother, The Human Comedy and The Marriage of Figaro. She also appeared on Broadway in Amadeus. Her Off-Broadway credits include Sunday in the Park With George; The Knife and The Human Comedy (both at the Public Theatre); Henry V, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night (all for the New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte). Her television film credits include “Uncle Vanya” and “Mussolini: The Untold Story.”

Ernie Sabella (Sancho) has appeared on Broadway in Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Guys and Dolls and The Robber Bridegroom. On television, he recently created the role of Harlan Bassett on the hit ABC series “The Practice” and was Mr. Bundles in Rob Marshall’s television film version of the musical “Annie” for Disney. He was a regular on three television series, “Encore!,” with his comic pal Nathan Lane, “Perfect Strangers” and “Saved by the Bell,” and has made many guest appearances on such shows as “Providence,” “Ed,” “Hopewell,” “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You,” “Murphy Brown,” “Cheers,” “Newhart” and “Hill Street Blues.” His film credits include The Lion King and its sequels (as the voice of Pumbaa), In & Out, Roommates, Mousehunt, Quiz Show, The Out-of-Towners with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, and Tough Guys.

Jonathan Kent (Director) is now completing his ten-year tenure as co-Artistic Director of the world-renowned Almeida Theatre. For the Almeida, he has directed Ibsen’s When We Dead Waken, Dryden’s All For Love, Euripides’ Medea (also West End and Broadway), Anthony Burgess’ version of Griboyedov’s Chatsky, Bernhard’s The Showman, Molière’s The School for Wives, Louis Mellis and David Scinto’s Gangster No.1, Molière’s Tartuffe, David Hare’s versions of The Life of Galileo, The Rules of the Game and Ivanov, John Byrne’s version of Gogol’s The Government Inspector, Nicholas Wright’s version of Pirandello’s Naked (which transferred to The Playhouse) and The Tempest. His production of Lulu opened the Almeida at King’s Cross season and visited the Kennedy Center earlier this year. Jonathan Kent directed Richard II and Coriolanus at Gainsborough Studios. The two productions toured to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Akasaka Theatre, Toyko. His productions of Racine’s tragedies, Phèdre in a new version by Ted Hughes, and Britannicus in a new version by Robert David MacDonald opened the Almeida’s season at the Albery Theatre, before touring to BAM. His production of David Hare’s Plenty completed the Almeida’s season at the Albery in July 1999. His other theatre credits include Le Cid and Mother Courage and Her Children for the Royal National Theatre, and the Almeida’s production of Hamlet, starring Ralph Fiennes, which opened at the Hackney Empire before transferring to Broadway. His most recent productions were David Hare’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Shakespeare’s King Lear.


Stokes in Sweeney

Stokes in Sweeney Todd and Kennedy Center’s tribute to Sondheim
May 10 - June 30

Stokes appears as Sweeney Todd in the Kennedy Center production, May 10 - Jun 30, 2002. Christine Baranksi

Stokes and SondheimFor more information on Sweeney, click here. For information on the entire Sondheim series, click here.

TV in April, 2002

If you’d would like to see more of Stokes on Crossing Jordan and Frasier, let the folks at NBC know by sending e-mail, for Frasier, and for Crossing Jordan.

CROSSING JORDAN, April 8, 2002, NBC (check local listings)

Stokes guest stars in Crossing Jordan, with Carl Reiner.

FRASIER, April 9, 2002 NBC (check local listings)

Stokes's recurring character, Cam Winston, returns to Frasier. MARTIN TRUMPS FRASIER BY 'DATING' MOTHER OF HIS SON'S RIVAL; BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR -- Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his equally fussy upstairs neighbor Cam (Tony Award-winning guest star Brian Stokes Mitchell) renew their battle of wills over control of their building -- until Martin (John Mahoney) and Cam's mother (guest star Emily Yancy) conspire and pretend to be romantically involved to irritate their headstrong sons. Meanwhile, Niles (David Hyde Pierce) blithely tools around in a new motorized Segway ped-mobile that removes the need to walk in public. Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin star.

Carnival at Encores!
February 7 through February 10

From Broadway.com: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Anne Hathaway, Debbie Gravitte, and Douglas Sills will all appear in the upcoming Encores! production of Carnival.

As first reported by Ken Mandelbaum on December 20, Mitchell and Sills will play Paul Berthalet and Marco the Magnificent (respectively), rivals for Lili's affections.

Carnival, which is based on the Leslie Caron film Lili, features music and lyrics by Bob Merrill and a book by Michael Stewart. The plot centers on Lili, a young orphan girl who gets caught up in the world of a traveling circus. The Encores! production, directed by Kathleen Marshall and featuring original puppets by the Jim Henson Company NY Muppet Workshop, will run at City Center from February 7 through February 10.

1/15/02 & 1/08/02

NILES AND DAPHNE'S DOMESTIC BLISS IS RUINED BY RELATIVES IN FIRST OF TWO-PART EPISODE; BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL AND ANTHONY LAPAGLIA GUEST-STAR

In the first of a two-part episode, just when Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) agree to move in together, they are visited by her disruptive, conniving mother (guest star Millicent Martin) and lecherous, leeching brother Simon (Anthony LaPaglia, "Murder One") -- and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) is about to get "simonized" when he is recruited to play host to one of them. Meanwhile, Frasier has more domestic problems when he engages in a war of the wills with a neighbor (Tony-winning guest star Brian Stokes Mitchell) whose cabin-sized SUV crowds his car. John Mahoney and Peri Gilpin also star.

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