SCHEDULE & NEWS
I hope you're all safe and well!
You may have heard that I tested positive for COVID-19. I have recovered and am feeling fine (see the video to the right to hear me sing "Impossible Dream" to my neighbors). Please take care, practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands and stay safe!
Like everyone else, my upcoming shows have been canceled-- hopefully some will be rescheduled but it's too early to say. See my schedule for details.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and More Form Black Theatre United Coalition. "As members of the Black theatre community, we stand together to help protect Black people, Black talent and Black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre and communities across the country. Our voices are united to empower our community through activism in the pursuit of justice and equality for the betterment of all humanity. We will not be silent. We will be seen. We will be heard. We are here. Join us.”
Hollywood Bowl: Musicals and the Movies. Stokes and Sutton Foster perform selections from Leonard Bernstein’s love letter to New York City, "On the Town."
Watch online: United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America, which was filmed in front of a small, socially distanced audience at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Streaming through 1/31/21.
The talented jazz musician Tony DeSare has put together a wonderful version of "Pick Yourself Up," by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, arranged by himself and my long-time collaborator Tedd Firth. I'm just one of the many vocalists and instrumentalists, studio musicians, and top YouTube music creators singing raise funds for their fellow artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen and donate to the Actors Fund here.
Watch the nightly Actors Fund live show "Stars in the House," where Broadway Stars sing to you from their own homes and chat with Seth Rudetsky!
Please visit American for the Arts and use this page to send a message to your elected representative to tell them to stand up for the arts during this crisis!
In other news... 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.
Watch and listen to "I won't send Roses" on Broadway.com
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ONLINE: Stokes reads an adult fairy tale called "Martin in the Mangroves," a new story, by Stoke's old Friend, Daniel Will-Harris. A man remembers his childhood through the lens of his favorite book about a boy and his best friend, a manatee.
Hollywood Bowl: Musicals and the Movies. Stokes and Sutton Foster perform selections from Leonard Bernstein’s love letter to New York City, "On the Town."Also featuring Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald.
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
'I’m singing for them’: Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, recovering from coronavirus, now sings from his NYC apartment window to salute health care workers
Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell, having come through his fight with coronavirus, is now performing nightly a little further uptown — from his Upper West Side apartment window. As in many parts of the city, Mitchell and his stuck-at-home neighbors have been applauding and cheering for healthcare workers every day, with the cheers rising up like clockwork at 7 p.m.
Now, as the clapping and air horn blasts recede each night, Mitchell takes to his window to serenade the street with a hopeful, defiant anthem. His rich baritone rings out even as pots and pans continue to clang. “This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far." Read the article and watch the video. Download the PDF.
BWW Album Review: PLAYS WITH MUSIC Is a Beautiful Intersection of Emotion, Storytelling, and Life Lessons
Two-time Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell, recently released his third solo album, PLAYS WITH MUSIC, that features a stunning orchestra, including his own arrangements and orchestrations. With a dynamic voice and elegant sound, Mitchell not only provides an enjoyable listening experience, but tells a vivid story with every song. Listeners will go on an emotional journey through longing, love, insecurity, human shortcomings, and more over the course of the album. Read the full review...
STOKES "Plays" at Feinstein's 54 Below
BROADWAYWORLD: Musical Theatre Royalty. We've still got a few... And when it comes to leading men, we've got Brian Stokes Mitchell. The elegant and dapper classical baritone who first burst on Broadway over three decades ago with a booming voice and richly realized performances (from tragic to comic) in such diverse offerings as RAGTIME, MAN OF LA MANCHA and a Tony Award winning turn in KISS ME KATE, has proven time and again (and unequivocally) that he is perhaps Broadway's finest singing actor. Read the full review...
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...
The showmanship of Brian Stokes Mitchell
With this show titled “Simply Broadway,” Mitchell consistently put his heart out on the stage, giving the audience a show full of life and showcasing his passion for the thing he’s dedicated his life to: performance... His strong vocals flowed like a wave over the audience, captivating both life-long fans and newcomers alike. It was in this number where Mitchell’s charisma began to shine through, as he showed independence from his solitary spot at the mic stand. Although his voice remained steady, his showmanship took him across the stage multiple times as he not only sang the music he had chosen but acted along to the stories they told. Read More...
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!”
― Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
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