Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell to Sing Tunes from PLAYS WITH MUSIC Album and More at Kean Stage

Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell to Sing Tunes from PLAYS WITH MUSIC Album and More at Kean Stage

Kean Stage proclaims an evening of glorious song with the addition of two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell to the 2017-2018 Season roster of world-class performances.

At his performance slated for Enlow Recital Hall on April 28, 2018, Stokes will perform an intimate concert, including selections from his upcoming album, Plays With Music. He'll be singing some of his favorite tunes filled with hope, humanity and joy from his three-decade career on Broadway.

Two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also had Tony-nominated performances in 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 Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Last season he made a long-awaited return to Broadway in Shuffle Along and received his most recent Tony Award for his work as Chairman of the Board of the Actor's Fund. 2016 also marked the year where he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

An extremely versatile singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and the musical theater world, including two performances at the White House. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums and his musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger, and orchestrator on his solo albums, including his latest recording, Simply Broadway. His next album, Plays With Music will be released this Fall.

"Having Brian Stokes Mitchell close out our season at Kean Stage in 2018 is magnificent, especially since we have Tony Award-winners Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune opening for us on September 16," according to Steve Cochran, Manager of Kean Stage. "We're stoked to have Stokes! Brian Stokes Mitchell along with Chita & Tune make perfect bookends to an already impressive roster of talented artists entertaining our audiences at Kean University."

Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform at Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall, 215 North Avenue, Hillside, NJ, on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-65. Tickets are available at the Kean Stage Box Office in Wilkins Theatre on the main campus, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ, by phone at 908-737-7469 or online at www.keanstage.com.

Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several options to explore the performing arts through master classes, workshops, lectures, employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff. Visit www.keanstage.com.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University's six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master's degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu.


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