Broadway Artist Brian Stokes Mitchell Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: September 17, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich career on Broadway, television and film. This tremendous baritone takes the stage at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m.

The evening promises timeless show tunes, ballads and classic loves songs, such as “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.”

Known for his musical versatility, charisma, matinee idol good looks and an ability to evoke any emotion, Mitchell is one of the most dynamic male performers in theater of the past few decades.

He has had a flourishing career on Broadway, earning him numerous awards and nominations.

His credits include “Man of La Mancha” (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); “Kiss Me, Kate” (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award); “Ragtime” (Tony nomination); August Wilson’s “King Hedley II” (Tony nomination); “Kiss of the Spider Woman”; “Jelly’s Last Jam”; David Merrick’s “Oh, Kay!”; and “Mail,” which earned him a Theatre World award for outstanding Broadway debut.

In 1998, he joined the likes of Helen Hayes, Sir John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones when he became the sole recipient of that year’s Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League for his performance in “Ragtime.”

Mitchell has also had an extensive career in television, beginning with a seven-year stint on “Trapper John, M.D.” Numerous film and television appearances have followed, including “One Last Thing”; Dreamworks’ “The Prince of Egypt”; and recurring roles on “Crossing Jordan” and “Frasier.”

Mitchell’s musical versatility has also kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

In 2006, Mitchell released his self-titled album as the inaugural artist on Playbill Records. In addition to singing, Mitchell produced the album and also wrote many of the arrangements and orchestrations. That year also saw the release of the DVD of his Carnegie Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS.

Tickets are $60, $52 and $30; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

Brian Stokes Mitchell in concert is also available as part of the Arts, By George! Scholarship benefit evening. The $200 ticket includes food, beverage, student/faculty showcase, the Brian Stokes Mitchell performance and a private dessert reception with the artist onstage post-performance. For information about Arts, By George! contact Deborah Paez at dpaez@gmu.edu or 703-993-4188.

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