Photo Coverage: Brian Stokes Mitchell Opens PLAYS WITH MUSIC at Cafe Carlyle
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell made his Cafe' Carlyle debut last night as he opened the Carlyle's fall season. The two-week engagement, entitled Plays With Music which featured Broadway favorites and standards.
Brian's opening song was Irving Berlin's "There's No Business Like Show Business". If you think you're going to hear the typical version just forget it! Don't try to tap your feet to his opening. Brian lets loose with a dynamic and elegant version that starts in Colla Voce (musicians to follow rhythm and tempo of singer) and then proceeds to upend you in 7/8 and 5/8 time before settling into a jazz 4/4. Only a musician, a Tony Award Winner, an imaginative, and handsome leading man could gloriously overwhelm all your theatrical senses the way Brian Stokes Mitchell does as he entertains you in the intimacy of the legendary Cafe Carlyle. For the first half of his act Brian let the music do the talking, and it spoke reams about this man's enormous talent. Then Brian engaged in some night club patter that just captivated the audience even more. It all made his Cafe Carlyle debut guaranteed to be one of the most memorable events in it's 60 year history. You're going to hear many great songs remarkably arranged, and Tedd Firth once again proves he his one of the most gifted of musical directors.
Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff
Carlos Rivera, Hotel Carlyle