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					                                                              2007–2008 CABARET SERIES
                                                              ELEVENTH SEASON




                      SAMUELI THEATER
                        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
                                                                                        SAMUELI THEATER
                       Major Engagement.

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