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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Also Credited As: Brian Mitchell

Birth Place: Seattle, WA

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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.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell STAGE CREDITS

Encores! Concert Revival, 2020

[Los Angeles]
LA Opera Production, 2019
Signor Naccarelli

Ellis Island Developmental Concert Production, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2016
F.E. Miller

New York Premiere Production, 2016

Encores! Special Event, 2014

Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, 2014
Don Pedro

Lincoln Center Production, 2010

Encores! Concert, 2006

Benefit Concert, 2005
George Bailey


Off-Broadway Concert, 2005
Emile de Becque

Original Broadway Production, 2005

Stephen Sondheim Tribute Benefit, 2005

[New York]
Reading, 2004

[New York]
Reading, 2003
Lawrence [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2002
Don Quixote (Cervantes)

Performer [Replacement]

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

Encores! Concert, 2002

New York Concert, 2001

Original Broadway Production, 2001

[Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2000

Broadway Revival, 1999
Fred Graham / Petruchio

Encores! Concert, 1999
John Henry Wheeler

Original Broadway Production, 1998
Coalhouse Walker Jr.

[Los Angeles]
Los Angeles Production, 1997

Brian Stokes Mitchell Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha

Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Stokes Mitchell, King Hedley II

Theatre World Awards - 1988 - Performance

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Exclusive: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell & More Join Broadway Inspirational Voices' Annual Event

The event will now feature special performances by some of Broadway's finest talents, including two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis and Tony Award-winner Adrienne Warren, joining Emilie Kouatchou, Shoshana Bean, J Harrison Ghee, and more. Audra McDonald will be honored with the 2023 Inspiration Award.

Photos & Video: Brian Stokes Mitchell, Julia Lester & More On Display in The Fifth Avenue Portrait Collection by Alexa Meade

The Fifth Avenue Portrait Collection, a massive public art exhibit by artist Alexa Meade, spanning 180 feet long, is now on display in the heart of New York City on Fifth Avenue and 44th Street. See photos!

Common Joins Honorees at Black Theatre United Gala; Josh Groban, Lorna Courtney & More to Present

Emmy, Grammy & Academy Award winner Common has been added to the list of honorees at Black Theatre United's inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Exclusive: SCROOGE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Soundtrack to Be Released on Vinyl With Luke Evans, Jessie Buckley & More

The album contains songs that are performed by the actors from the film including Luke Evans, Jessie Buckley, Fra Fee, Trevor Dion Nicholas and more.  Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios and directed by Stephen Donnelly, Charles Dickens’ ageless legend is reborn in this musical adaptation of the Christmas story.

Feature: RAGTIME THE MUSICAL at Lincoln Theatre

David Glover is out to disprove the adage of “Those who can’t do, teach” when he takes on the role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Columbus Children’s Theatre production of RAGTIME THE MUSICAL. The Terrance McNally musical will be performed Sept. 22-Oct. 1 at the Lincoln Theatre (769 E. Long St. in downtown Columbus).

'Love Is an Open Door' at BYU with Santino Fontana and Jessica Fontana

It’s a family affair as married Broadway couple Santino and Jessica Fontana arrive at Brigham Young University’s brand-new Music Building Concert Hall to perform together in two shows this month.

Sutton Foster & Brian Stokes Mitchell Join London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has announced The Residency Festival, featuring the return of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London. Learn more about the full lineup of performances here!

Alice Ripley to Present BELIEVE IT OR NOT at The Green Room 42

THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present Tony Award winner Alice Ripley in her new show “Believe It or Not” on Saturday, September 3o with shows at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Photos: Inside A BRIEF INTERMISSION, Celebrating the Delacorte Theater

The Public Theater's special, one-night-only event, A BRIEF INTERMISSION, was held on Wednesday, September 6 at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos here!

Which Actors Have Done Multiple Broadway Shows Together?

This time, the reader question was: which actors have done multiple Broadway shows together?

LaChanze Will Kick off Downtown Sessions With Solo Show at Perelman Performing Arts Center

Three-time Tony Award winning LaChanze will perform a solo show for the inaugural season at Perelman Performing Arts Center. Learn more about the concert, as well as how to purchase tickets, here!

Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart & More to Join STARS IN THE HOUSE Labor Day Special

Join Annette Bening, Jason Alexander, Jean Smart, and other celebrated actors for a star-studded Labor Day Special on STARS IN THE HOUSE. Don't miss this exclusive event streaming live. Tune in for an unforgettable performance and support a great cause.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld August 29th, 2023

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is  August 29, 2023 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.


Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley will welcome members of the original, Tony Award-winning company of the musical Avenue Q for a special edition of their lockdown roundtable series, Stars in the House.

STARS IN THE HOUSE To Host 20th Anniversary Reunion Of Todd Graff's Film CAMP

Join the STARS IN THE HOUSE livestreamed concert and reunion as they host the 20th Anniversary Reunion of Todd Graff's film CAMP. Featuring the film's writer and director, Todd Graff, along with cast members Daniel Letterle, Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, and more.

Katharine McPhee, Jessie Mueller, Jackie Burns & More Join WILD ABOUT YOU World Premiere Recording

Get all the details on the star-studded cast of the world premiere recording of WILD ABOUT YOU, featuring Katharine McPhee, Jessie Mueller, Jackie Burns, and more. Find out the release date and be the first to listen to this highly anticipated recording.

Exclusive: Listen to Two Songs from SIDEWAYS the Musical- Original Cast Recording

Lakeshore Records and Broadway Records are set to release Sideways The Musical—Original Cast Recording digitally tomorrow, August 18 featuring original songs by Anthony Leigh Adams with lyrics by Rex Pickett and Adams. Check out two track from the new album here!

Bringing Together a Shakespeare Classic and Songs by Cole Porter KISS ME, KATE! Opens in Sao Paulo

Kiss Me, Kate! is a musical written by Bella and Samuel Spewack ,with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.

SWEENEY TODD, A History- Part 2: The Demon Barber Slashes His Way From Page To Stage And Beyond

Learn how Sondheim made Sweeney sing and how Mr. Todd made his mark on mass media in Part 2 of SWEENEY TODD, A History.

Video: Director Richard Jay-Alexander Assists Countess Luann & Sonja Morgan on Bravo's WELCOME TO CRAPPIE LAKE

Join Countess Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan as they enlist the help of legendary Broadway director Richard Jay-Alexander on Bravo's Welcome to Crappie Lake. Watch as Jay-Alexander assists the Real Housewives stars with their 'Benton Follies' performance, adding his theatrical expertise to the small town's talent showcase. Watch the video clip!


Brian Stokes Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in 10 shows.

Brian Stokes Mitchell has not appeared in the West End

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 .

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.

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