Brian Stokes Mitchell
I’m so excited that my new Album, Plays with Music my third solo album, finally exists outside of my head!
Featuring a wide variety of show tunes ranging from Irving Berlin to an unrecorded Stephen Sondheim song, I approached each song as its own mini-play.
It’s the finale of a really creative and fun process that began three years ago. I wanted to make a big-hearted, exciting, feel-good Broadway album that preserves the spirit of the original songs, while giving them a fresh new life and point of view. Backed by a big orchestra, each song has its own character, unique spin and musical surprises. I sometimes feel like the inside of my mind is like Santa’s toy factory—although the toys I make are musical. Now I get to share them with others! I hope everyone has as much fun listening to them as I’ve had making them.
Hear the first track, There's No Business Like Show Business in this exclusive Playbill feature.
The album launches today on Broadway Records.
In celebration of the album launch—and of the holiday season—I'm playing solo concerts engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below November 12–23 in Plays With Music - Holiday!
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10.12 - 10.22.19 - Plays with Music - Holday! Feinstein's/54 Below, NYC - In celebration of the album launch—and of the holiday season—see me at my solo concert engagement at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Dubbed “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, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Shuffle Along. In 2016 he was awarded his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his Charitable work with The Actors Fund. That same year Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
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, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, 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 (both times aired on PBS’s “Great Performances”) and has performed multiple times 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. A self-professed autodidact, his musical curiosity lead him to teach himself composing, arranging and orchestration, starting in his teens. He later studied, Film scoring, orchestration, and conducting both privately and through UCLA and subsequently 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 three solo albums including his last recording, “Simply Broadway” and his upcoming recording “Plays With Music”, which is slated to be released this Fall. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums.
His extensive screen credits began with a guest starring role on “Roots:The next Generations”, followed by a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to The Fresh Prince, Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom and his most recent recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, The Path, Billions and The Good Fight. Other recent TV appearances include The Blacklist, Elementary, and Bull. As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes including performing “Through Heaven’s Eyes” in Dreamwork’s “The Prince of Egypt."
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. He is on the board of Americans For the Arts and is serving his 14th term as Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund.
Broadway is Stoked!
Stokes Reimagines Broadway favorites
It's like hearing them for the first time.
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell's brings fresh new life into Broadway classics. Featuring a wide variety of show tunes ranging from Irving Berlin to an unrecorded Stephen Sondheim song, Stokes approaches each song as its own mini-play, leaving his indelible mark on such classics as:
There's No Business like Show Business
I Won't Send Roses
If Ever I Would Leave You
The Man I Love
Hello Young Lovers
Wizard Every Day
One Singer. One Piano.
Brian Stokes Mitchell's extraordinary new recording of classic Broadway standards. Listen and purchase here.
How to Handle a Woman
It Ain't Necessarily So
If I Were a Rich Man
Soliloquy (from "Carousel")
What Kind of Fool Am I?
Some Enchanted Evening
Finishing the Hat
The Impossible Dream
Some Other Time
STOKES SERIES REGULAR ON CBS Comedy SERIES
Brian Stokes Mitchell has signed on for series regular roles in CBS comedy pilot Fam, from writer Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom), Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Mitchell will play Walt, Jay’s father. Sophisticated, intellectual, affluent, he comes from old money, but like his son, he’s unaffected, with a great sense of humor. He adores Clem (tbd), and vice versa, and is delighted when Clem and Jay announce their engagement. More...