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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Also Credited As: Brian Mitchell
 
Birth Place:
Seattle, WA
Bio:
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: October 31, 1957 (64)

Birth Place: Seattle, WA

Bio:
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2020
Sam
  [Los Angeles]
LA Opera Production, 2019
Signor Naccarelli
  [Off-Broadway]
Ellis Island Developmental Concert Production, 2016
Narrator
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
F.E. Miller
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Special Event, 2014
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2014
Don Pedro
  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2010
Ivan
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Hajj
  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
George Bailey
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Emile de Becque
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer
  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer
  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Lawrence
  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Lawrence [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Don Quixote (Cervantes)
  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Sweeney Todd
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2002
Performer
  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
Jerry
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
King
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2000
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1999
Fred Graham / Petruchio
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
John Henry Wheeler
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1997
Performer

Photos

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Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert Revival, 2020
Sam

  [Los Angeles]
LA Opera Production, 2019
Signor Naccarelli

  [Off-Broadway]
Ellis Island Developmental Concert Production, 2016
Narrator

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
F.E. Miller

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Special Event, 2014
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2014
Don Pedro

  [Broadway]
Lincoln Center Production, 2010
Ivan

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2006
Hajj

  [Broadway]
Benefit Concert, 2005
George Bailey

Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Emile de Becque

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Performer

  [Broadway]
Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005
Performer

  [New York]
Reading, 2004
Lawrence

  [New York]
Reading, 2003
Lawrence [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2002
Don Quixote (Cervantes)

  [Off-Broadway]
2002
Performer [Replacement]

  [Regional (US)]
Sondheim Festival Production, 2002
Sweeney Todd

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 2002
Performer

  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
Jerry

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2001
King

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2000
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1999
Fred Graham / Petruchio

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
John Henry Wheeler

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1998
Coalhouse Walker Jr.

  [Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1997
Performer

Brian Stokes Mitchell Biography

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave 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, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Shuffle Along. In 2016 he was awarded his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his Charitable work with The Actors Fund. That same year Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House (both times aired on PBS’s “Great Performances”) and has performed multiple times for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

​Stokes has delved deeply into various music disciplines. In addition to singing he began piano studies at the age of 6. A self-professed autodidact, his musical curiosity lead him to teach himself composing, arranging and orchestration, starting in his teens. He later studied, Film scoring, orchestration, and conducting both privately and through UCLA and subsequently scored and conducted a number of “Trapper John, MD” episodes, a series on which he was also a regular cast member. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger and orchestrator on his three solo albums including his last recording, “Simply Broadway” and his upcoming recording “Plays With Music”, which is slated to be released this Fall. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums.

​His extensive screen credits began with a guest starring role on “Roots:The next Generations”, followed by a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to The Fresh Prince, Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom and his most recent recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot, The Path, Billions and The Good Fight. Other recent TV appearances include The Blacklist, Elementary, and Bull. As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes including performing “Through Heaven’s Eyes” in Dreamwork’s “The Prince of Egypt."

As a writer Stokes has contributed to the book Hirschfeld’s Harlem, wrote the preface to At This Theatre, and co-authored the children’s book Lights on Broadway.

For fun he has been known to fly planes and jump out of them (usually not at the same time), and he can ride a bicycle on a high wire.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO. He is on the board of Americans For the Arts and is serving his 14th term as Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund.


Brian Stokes Mitchell Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2016 - Isabelle Stevenson Award Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production Gold Star
Brian Stokes MitchellMan of La Mancha
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell Sweeney Todd
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor - Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production
Brian Stokes MitchellKing Hedley II
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor - Play Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor in a Play
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kiss Me Kate
 
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell , Kiss Me, Kate
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Actor - Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Drama League Awards - 1998 - Distinguished Performance Award Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1998 - Best Actor - Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Tony Awards - 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime
 
Theatre World Awards - 1988 - Performance Gold Star
Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mail

Brian Stokes Mitchell News

Charlotte d'Amboise, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More to Take Part in Memorial Celebratio Photo Charlotte d'Amboise, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More to Take Part in Memorial Celebration of the Life of Jacques d'Amboise
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

National Dance Institute has announced the Memorial Celebration of the Life of Jacques d’Amboise will take place at New York City Center on June 1, 2022, at 7pm.  General admission tickets are free to the public and available on a first-come/first-served basis.

Joshua Henry, Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes & More to Star in BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MU Photo Joshua Henry, Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes & More to Star in BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL Industry Reading
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2022

Joshua Henry will head the cast of Brave New World: The Musical (as World Controller Thomas Mond) for an invitation-only industry reading on May 23rd in Midtown Manhattan. Joining Henry will be Solea Pfeiffer, Ephraim Sykes, and more.

Bailey House to Honor Brian Stokes Mitchell at Annual Gala Benefit Photo Bailey House to Honor Brian Stokes Mitchell at Annual Gala Benefit
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Bailey House, a leading community based organization dedicated to providing housing and supportive services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illness, will host its 34th annual Bailey House Gala & Auction benefit May 11-26, 2022.

VIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day! Photo VIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2022

This afternoon, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award Winner Joel Grey, (standing in for Mayor Adams), presented a proclamation from New York City to declare May 11, 2022 “Bryant Park Day,” to celebrate Bryant Park’s 30th anniversary of reopening in 1992.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Actors Fund Gala Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Actors Fund Gala
by Jennifer Broski - May 10, 2022

The Actors Fund Changes Identity to the Entertainment Community Fund Photo The Actors Fund Changes Identity to the Entertainment Community Fund
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

The Actors Fund, the 140-year-old national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced at its Annual Gala yesterday that, effective immediately, they have changed their name to Entertainment Community Fund, in order to better reflect the broad scope of industry professionals they help.

New York City Street Named in Honor of Legendary Ballet Dancer Jacques d'Amboise Photo New York City Street Named in Honor of Legendary Ballet Dancer Jacques d'Amboise
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

 A street in New York City has been named in commemoration of the life and achievements of Jacques d’Amboise, legendary ballet dancer and founder of the arts education organization National Dance Institute (NDI).

Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall Photo Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

The Town Hall & Mark Cortale will continue with the latest installment of the internationally acclaimed concert series Seth Rudetsky's Broadway, hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). On Monday, June 20 at 8pm, Seth welcomes platinum recording artist and star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams.

Street in Front of New York's Lincoln Center to be Named Jacques d'Amboise Place Photo Street in Front of New York's Lincoln Center to be Named Jacques d'Amboise Place
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

The northwest corner of West 64th Street and Columbus Avenue in front of New York’s Lincoln Center will be officially named Jacques d’Amboise Place. 

Ravinia Festival Expands Carousel Stage Offerings For 2022 Photo Ravinia Festival Expands Carousel Stage Offerings For 2022
by Stephi Wild - May 3, 2022

Ravinia Festival is pleased to announce an expanded summer series on its Carousel stage following a successful inaugural year in 2021. The Carousel stage on the North Lawn offers casual, general admission seating for individual events, and, new this year, will host opening acts for several Pavilion headliners during the summer season, which runs from May 20 through September 18.

Brian Stokes Mitchell Videos

VIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day! VideoVIDEO: Broadway Legend Joel Grey Stops In to Celebrate Bryant Park Day!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2022

This afternoon, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Tony Award Winner Joel Grey, (standing in for Mayor Adams), presented a proclamation from New York City to declare May 11, 2022 “Bryant Park Day,” to celebrate Bryant Park’s 30th anniversary of reopening in 1992.

VIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM! VideoVIDEO: Watch Star-Studded 'Sunday' Clip from TICK, TICK...BOOM!
by Michael Major - Nov 30, 2021

Netflix has released the complete 'Sunday' sequence from tick, tick...BOOM!, complete with numerous Broadway cameos. Sung by Andrew Garfield, the clip features appearances by Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Dé Shields, Reneé Elise Goldsberry, Daphne Rubin Vega, Phillipa Soo, Chuck Cooper, and more.

VIDEO: Broadway Sings in Times Square to Honor Stephen Sondheim VideoVIDEO: Broadway Sings in Times Square to Honor Stephen Sondheim
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 5, 2021

As BroadwayWorld sadly previously reported, Broadway lost its greatest icon in Stephen Sondheim, who passed away at the age of 91. The legendary composer is widely acknowledged as the most innovative, most influential, and most important composer and lyricist in modern Broadway history.

VIDEO: Go Behind the 'Sunday Brunch' Scene in New TICK, TICK...BOOM! Featurette VideoVIDEO: Go Behind the 'Sunday Brunch' Scene in New TICK, TICK...BOOM! Featurette
by Michael Major - Nov 26, 2021

The video explores one of the film's biggest scenes, the 'Sunday Brunch' sequence, which features a number of big Broadway cameos. Check out the new video, which includes a look at Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Lin Manuel Miranda, Adam Pascal, Daphne Rubin Vega, Beth Malone, Chita Rivera, and more!

VIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Celebrates Its First Broadway Preview! VideoVIDEO: LACKAWANNA BLUES Celebrates Its First Broadway Preview!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2021

Manhattan Theatre Club reopened its doors today with the first preview of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Lackawanna Blues, which reopens MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre!

VIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Jo VideoVIDEO: Sara Bareilles, Idina Menzel, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and More Perform Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind'
by Stage Tube - Aug 15, 2021

The performers were shot and recorded in all 5 Boroughs in locations such as Birdland, the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, La Casita de Chema, Maimonides Park, NYU, Open Jar Studios, Red Hook Winery, Russ & Daughters, Steinway & Sons Factory, Tom’s Restaurant, and the Wonder Wheel among many others.

VIDEO: Hear Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Renée Elise Goldsberry & More in the Traile VideoVIDEO: Hear Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Renée Elise Goldsberry & More in the Trailer for CENTAURWORLD!
by Stage Tube - Jun 14, 2021

You can hear the voice talent of Jessie Mueller, Megan Hilty, Kimiko Glenn, Lea Salonga, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Brian Stokes Mitchell in the trailer.

VIDEO: Senator Chuck Schumer & More Celebrate Broadway's Return in Times Square VideoVIDEO: Senator Chuck Schumer & More Celebrate Broadway's Return in Times Square
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 21, 2021

Earlier today, leaders from the Broadway community gathered in Duffy Square to celebrate, what else, but the return on Broadway. 'The reviews are in. We are closer than ever to closing the curtain on COVID-19' said New York Senator Chuck Schumer. 'And when Broadway comes back, New York comes back!'

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale! VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

“You Will Be Found” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is performed by Jenn Colella, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Cast Amy Adams, James Monroe Iglehart, Cheyenne Jackson, L Morgan Lee, Raymond J. Lee, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Ruthie Ann Miles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many more!

VIDEO: Go Inside the Revival for Encores! LOVE LIFE with Victoria Clark, Brian Stokes VideoVIDEO: Go Inside the Revival for Encores! LOVE LIFE with Victoria Clark, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kate Baldwin & More
by Stage Tube - Feb 24, 2021

The third installment of Encores! Inside the Revival features director Victoria Clark, Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and Consulting Producer for Musical Theater, and previous Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel as they revisit, Love Life a year later and discuss their process of imagining Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s rarely seen 1948 musical. 


Brian Stokes Mitchell Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Brian Stokes Mitchell been in?
Brian Stokes Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

How many West End shows has Brian Stokes Mitchell been in?
Brian Stokes Mitchell has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Brian Stokes Mitchell been nominated for?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards) for , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Man of La Mancha , Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Man of La Mancha , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Man of La Mancha , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Man of La Mancha , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for King Hedley II , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for King Hedley II , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for King Hedley II , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for King Hedley II , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Kiss Me Kate , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate , Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Ragtime , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Ragtime , Best Actor - Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Ragtime Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Ragtime and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Mail .

What awards has Brian Stokes Mitchell won?
Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards) for , Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Man of La Mancha, Outstanding Actor - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Man of La Mancha, Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for King Hedley II, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Kiss Me Kate, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Kiss Me, Kate Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Ragtimeand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Mail.