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2017 Schedule

January 25 at 8 PM on NJTV Michael Feinstein welcomes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ana Gasteyer, and Songbook Youth Ambassador Lucas DeBard to NJPAC for stimulating conversation and performances. Highlights include renditions of “There's No Business Like Show Business,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Hello, Dolly!”

2-10 / 2-11-17 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN -“THE CABARET”
Stokes performs selections from his “Simply Broadway” show.

4-21 / 4-22-17 - COSTA MESA, CA - SMASHING BROADWAY
Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell bring fresh insight to a program of Broadway hits and unforgettable melodies that have become timeless standards — including music from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin!

6-13 / 6-24-17 - NYC - Feinstein’s/54 Below
An evening of glorious song with Brian Stokes Mitchell, including selections from his recent album, Simply Broadway, filled with his favorite Broadway tunes from a nearly three-decade career. Brian Stokes Mitchell’s solo debut at Broadway’s Supper Club will surely be the special event of the season.

10-7-17 - KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas City Symphony
Stokes performs with the Symphony. Check www.kcsymphony.org for ticket availability.

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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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