stokes smiling salt lake city tribute good headshotDubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

In April of 2016 he makes a long-awaited return to Broadway starring once again with Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, a New Musical written and directed by George C. Wolfe with choreography by Savion Glover.

An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Stokes has delved deeply into various music disciplines. In addition to singing he began piano studies at the age of 6. His musical curiosity lead him to an interest in orchestration, arranging and film scoring which he first started studying on his own in his late teens. He later studied, Film scoring, orchestration, and conducting through UCLA and privately and scored and conducted a number of “Trapper John, MD” Episodes, a series on which he was also a regular cast member. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger and orchestrator on his own albums including his latest recording, “Simply Broadway”. “Simply Broadway” is an album of classic Broadway tunes that have been musically reimagined but still retains the spirit of the original. It features the Tony-winning singer accompanied by a solo piano and was released in the Fall of 2012. It was recorded in the “old-school” style, without overdubs or audio separation — Stokes and his pianist, Tedd Firth, were in the same room at the same time as they recorded the tracks. The song selection includes works from Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Company, Sunday in the Park With George, Les Miserables and other classics. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums.

His extensive screen credits began with a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom and his most recent recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot and the upcoming Hulu series, The Path. As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes. NPR aired his narration of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the U.S. Marine band.

As a writer Stokes has contributed to the book Hirschfeld’s Harlem, wrote the preface to At This Theatre , and co-authored the children’s book Lights on Broadway.

For fun he has been known to fly planes and jump out of them (usually not at the same time), and he can ride a bicycle on a high wire.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is in his 12th term as Chairman of the Board of theActors Fund.

Stokes is a great proponent of arts education and speaks passionately about the importance of art in all of our lives. He resides in New York City with his wife, son and rescued mutt, Diggidy. For more information go to .

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