Read the press release for Simply Broadway, the recording and benefit tour


Simply Broadway named one of USA TODAY’s best albums of 2013!

Critic Elysa Gardner puts it #5 on her list. See her full list here.



Hey Friends -

Still trying to find the perfect gift for that Brian Stokes Mitchell music-lover in your life?

I want to let you know that CD Baby is charging only 1 for shipping when you purchase my CD, “Simply Broadway” on between December 1st and 3rd.

This is the album that USA Today chose as “One of the best albums of 2013”!

As you probably know, I have never been happier with an album than this one.  It came out exactly as I envisioned it in my “mind’s ear” when I conceived it.  The album covers about 75 years  from the “Golden Age” of American Musical Theatre performed in the simplest way possible - just voice and piano - well not just any piano - a beautiful 9ft. Hamburg Steinway Grand played by my brilliant pianist and co-arranger Tedd Firth. All of the songs were recorded with Tedd  in the same space and at the same time  - just  two artists having a ball making some beautiful music together.

For a singer, performing with one instrument is like working without a net. It allows the listener to hear the songs - and the singer -  at their simplest, purest, most exposed best.

So if that kind of thing excites your mind, heart and ears, mark Dec. 1-3 it in your calendar and check out this great limited offer.  Whether you buy 1 disc or 100, it’s only ONE PENNY for standard domestic or international shipping – TOTAL.

You can find (and listen to) my music right here:

Thanks and here’s simply wishing you all great joy this holiday season!

 - Stokes


NOVEMBER 20142014

Hey Friends and “Stokes Folks”,

Here’s a preview of Stokes in “The Band Wagon” at Encores, City Center, NYC, November 6-16.   For tickets. Download a PDF Flyer


Read an excellent interview of Stokes about The Bandwagon, Glee, Sweeney Todd, new albums and more. More information about the show from TheaterMania.

NEW ON TV!  10/12  Madame Secretary, CBS (check local listings). Watch for Stokes as a new mysterious character.

8/6/14 - Stokes Performs With The Philadelphia Orchestra. Read more and purchase tickets.

11/6 - 11/16 - New York, NY,  NY City Center, Stokes stars in “The Band Wagon” Read about it.Shakespeare in the park. Stokes will play Don Pedro.


The great thing about a live performance is that it’s...well, LIVE.  The bad thing is that unlike TV and film or DVD’s, seats are limited and you only have one opportunity to see it. If you miss it, it’s gone!

A lot of folks have been asking me when my next  performance in New York City will be.  Well, I’m happy to say the answer is - April 4th, 2014!!  I will be performing the concert version of my latest album “Simply Broadway”. 

If you haven’t heard the good news, USA  TODAY chose it as one of the best albums of 2013!

As many of you know, I am a big fan of volunteering whatever talents you have to help others - whether it is for your country, state, city, neighborhood... whatever fills your heart.

This is one of those concerts for me - I am donating my time and talents at this concert (along with a lot of other good folks who are helping to make this concert happen) for Hunter College Elementary school, a publicly funded laboratory school administered by Hunter College.  The concert will be given at the beautiful Danny Kaye playhouse at Hunter College. 

It’s a win/win situation for me - I get to do what I love and do some good at the same time. 

Tickets have just gone on sale - get them as soon as you can because they will be going quickly!  The sooner you buy, the better your seats!

I hope to see you there!!!

Just the facts, ma’am:

for Hunter College Elementary School

Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

TICKETS are available through The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College box office (212-772-4448) or  online at

Seats are available for $150 (includes post-concert reception with Brian Stokes Mitchell), $100, $80, and $60. Tickets are tax-deductible to the fullest extent.

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College is located on East 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

For information on purchasing tickets by phone, call (212) 772-4448. For fax, mail, or in-person, get more information here;   

Thanks and All the best,


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Dear Friends:

I want to tell you a little about my new album called  “Simply Broadway.”

Its a brand new recording with an “old school” vibe--inspired by some of the greatest recordings from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s.

One of my favorite recordings from that time was an album of standards by Tony Bennett and the late great pianist, Bill Evans - just the two of them.   

Each time I listen to it, I seem to hear those old songs in a fresh, new way. I’m amazed by the intimate relationship of singer and song and the beauty, simplicity and depth that comes from saying most with the least. And when I listen in a pair of headphones  it’s like getting my own private concert. 

So I thought, “Hey - why not use that same classic approach with Broadway standards”? I recorded 12 great songs from 12 great Broadway classics -  shows like Company, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Les Miz, Sunday in the Park With George... all performed in the spirit of the originals  but with a fresh new OLD approach - beautifully recorded and with only 2 instruments: a stunning Steinway Hamburg 9-foot grand piano and a voice. In this case, of course, my voice.

The pianist is an extraordinary artist named Tedd Firth who I started working with 5 years ago at my Carnegie Hall solo concert. We’ve wprked together ever since.  We seem to hear, feel, think, eat and breathe music in a similar way.  I like to tell myself that he is the pianist I would have been had I stayed as dedicated to that instrument as I am to singing.

In the “old-school” spirit, we recorded the entire album together, in the same studio in the same room at the same time - no baffles to separate us, no overdubs... no digital tuning. Just a singer and a pianist having a great time making music together with some great Broadway songs.

So, I invite you to take a listen. You can download it on iTunes or get the complete CD package on Amazon.

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