2007–2008 CABARET SERIES
March 6–9, 2008
Thursday–Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
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A BOUT THE A RTIST
Brian Stokes Mitchell It may be on the Broadway stage, however,
Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by The where Brian Stokes Mitchell has received
New York Times, Stokes is the quintessential the most adulation, including Broadway’s
musical theatre performer, yet his work on highest honor, the Tony Award. Stokes was
the big and small screens as well as in con- most recently on Broadway in the revival of
cert halls around the country has been Man of La Mancha, portraying the dual roles
equally acclaimed. of Cervantes and Don Quixote and earning a
In fact, in the past few years Stokes’ per- Tony nomination and a Helen Hayes Award
formances as a solo vocalist have been for his work. It was the revival of Cole
praised by critics nationwide with sold-out Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate—in the roles of Fred
evenings at the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Graham and Petruchio—that earned him
Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle
Ravinia and Symphony Hall. His musical Awards. The actor was also Tony-nominated
versatility and thrilling voice—an instru- for his performance as Coalhouse Walker, Jr.
ment The New York Times says “rumbles out in the epic musical Ragtime and for his dra-
of him like thunder underlined by drum matic turn as the title character in August
rolls”—has kept him in demand by some of Wilson’s Tony nominated play King Hedley II.
the country’s finest conductors and orches- His other Broadway outings include Kiss of
tras, performing Broadway tunes, jazz stan- the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam (replacing
dards and contemporary pieces under the Gregory Hines), David Merrick’s Oh, Kay!
batons of Leonard Slatkin, Marvin Hamlisch, and Mail, which earned the actor a Theatre
John Williams and Paul Gemignani. World Award for Outstanding Broadway
Most recently, Stokes took to the famed Debut. In 1998 he joined the likes of Helen
stage at Carnegie Hall for his solo debut, a Hayes, Sir John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and
sold out evening with a 42-piece orchestra James Earl Jones when he became the sole
conducted by Paul Gemignani. Joining him recipient of the Drama League’s Distinguished
for a few select numbers were some of his Performance Award, the nation’s oldest
past leading ladies including Reba McEntire, theatrical honor, for his commanding turn
Heather Headley and Phylicia Rashad. in Ragtime.
Stokes last took to the stage at Carnegie Hall Last year, he released his self-titled CD as
in the summer of 2005 for a star-studded the inaugural artist on the newly-formed
concert version of Rodgers and Playbill Records label to rave reviews from
Hammerstein’s South Pacific co-starring fans and critics alike.
Reba McEntire, which was aired on PBS’ For more information please visit
Great Performances (also under the baton of www.Brianstokes.com.
Gemignani). Stokes, McEntire and
Gemignani brought the critically acclaimed
concert to the Hollywood Bowl in 2007.
Stokes is equally at home in more inti-
mate venues; in 2005 he made his cabaret
debut as both singer and musical arranger
in Manhattan at Feinstein’s at the Regency
in the critically hailed Love/Life, which sub-
sequently transferred to Broadway’s Vivian
Coming next to the Cabaret Series:
Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. That
performance led to a 2006 Nightlife Award James Naughton
for Outstanding Cabaret Male Vocalist in a April 10–13, 2008