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.



1/20/2017 NYC - CONCERT FOR AMERICA: STAND UP, SING OUT!  The concert will feature performances by Betty Buckley, Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchelland more.

"By bringing together this spectacular group of artists to celebrate the diversity and hope that makes America its best, we hope this concert will lift spirits and remind people across the country that we are stronger united and our voices will be heard over the next four years," Rudetsky and Wesley said.

Proceeds will benefit several national organizations working to protect human rights, including Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club Foundation.

Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available at



10/21/16 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT: Grand Opening of the George S. & Dolores Eccles Theater . Stokes performs with Megan Hilty, Rita Moreno, and some of Utah’s finest performing artists. Tickets and more information here.

12/15 - 18 - SAN DIEGO, CA - The San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays in style with this delightful concert of popular music of the season featuring Stokes, the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Children's Choir Information and tickets here.

Stokes inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame

The 2016 inductees include actors Glenn Close, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Phylicia Rashad; costume designer Catherine Zuber; lyricist Sir Tim Rice; playwright Marsha Norman; librettist Joe Masteroff; and producer Paul Libin.

Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman will host The 46th Annual Theater Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will be presented November 14 at 7:30 PM in the North Rotunda of the Gershwin Theatre.

Founded in 1971 by James M. Nederlander, Earl Blackwell and Gerard Oestriecher, the Theater Hall of Fame’s primary mission is to annually honor lifetime achievement in the American theatre. To be considered for the ballot, the theatre professional must have 25 years on Broadway and five major production credits or be an Off-Broadway or regional theatre founder or pioneer. The voters are United States theatre critics and drama editors.

Playbill Announcement

Theater Hall of Fame Website

6.9.15 - Stokes narrates an all-star cast of concert version of Ragtime at Ellis Island. - See video exerpts here and behind the scenes video here.

Two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon ( Shuffle Along, Motown) plays Coalhouse Walker Jr. (the role originated by Mitchell). 

Also starring Andy Mientus (Spring Awakening, Les Miserables) as Younger Brother, plus Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly ( Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins) as Mother, Emmy Award winner Michael Park

The event, which is billed as a “developmental concert,” is being presented by Suzanne Friedman with an eye towards “an immersive, full production of the acclaimed American musical” on Ellis Island in 2017.



Carol Burnett, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Lead “A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN CREATIVITY White House/PBS Special

"A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House" is a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the all-star music tribute celebrating the cultural resonance of art and literature in unique American musical forms.Taping October 14, 2015

Playbill Exclusive!  Brian Stokes Mitchell on Shuffle Along, Audra, and What He's Singing Next



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Dear Friends:

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

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

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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