Brian Stokes Mitchell Announces SIMPLY BROADWAY Album and Actors Fund Benefit Tour
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell today announced the release of his second self-produced solo album SIMPLY BROADWAY, and, to inaugurate his 2012-2013 concert year, a five city charitable tour.
Stokes, who is Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund, is choosing five non-profit theatres across the country to perform in concert with at least 50% of the proceeds to be shared between The Actors Fund and each theatre. Each performance is designed to promote cooperation and giving, emphasizing the importance of the arts in the lives of people everywhere. Stokes intends for this series to encourage people in all occupations and professions to partner in this manner to help sustain the national philanthropic spirit. SIMPLY BROADWAY will be available as of October 30th, 2012 on Amazon.com and iTunes through CD Baby where pre-orders will be available starting in mid-October. The five city tour will commence at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on October 31.
A recording of Broadway classics, SIMPLY BROADWAY was originally inspired by the legendary duo album by Tony Bennett and Bill Evans performing standards from the American Songbook. Respecting the simplicity of the music by using the model of recordings from the mid-20th century, SIMPLY BROADWAY was created without the benefit of overdubs or audio separation--Stokes and his pianist in the same room at the same time. The songs are performed in the tone and spirit of the original versions, but are unique thanks to the exciting new arrangements and the live interaction with Stokes and his remarkable pianist of five years, Tedd Firth. Songs were chosen from Broadway hits including: Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Company, SUNDAY IN THE Park with George and Les Miserables, among others.
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a successful career that spans Broadway, television, film and concert appearances with the country's finest conductors and orchestras. He has received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performances on Broadway in shows such as Kiss Me Kate, 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, and most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. His television and film credits include: Trapper John M.D., Frasier, Glee, PBS' Great Performances and Jumping the Broom, among others. Brian Stokes Mitchell is represented by Paradigm.
For additional information on the album SIMPLY BROADWAY, please visit Brian Stokes Mitchell's website at: www.brianstokes.com, follow him @bstokesmitchell, or "like" his Facebook page at Facebook.com/bstokesmitchell.
For tickets and information on the October 31(st) concert at Lincoln Center, visit www.actorsfund.org. Concert dates for the remainder of the tour will be announced soon.