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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

[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 Awards and Nominations


winner
Theatre World Awards - 2023 - John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

Brian Stokes Mitchell


winner
Tony Awards - 2016 - Isabelle Stevenson Award

Brian Stokes Mitchell


winner
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production

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


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Man of La Mancha

Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production

Brian Stokes MitchellKing Hedley II


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Actor - Play

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


winner
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kiss Me Kate


winner
Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Brian Stokes Mitchell , Kiss Me, Kate

Drama Desk Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Actor - Musical

Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ragtime


winner
Drama League Awards - 1998 - Distinguished Performance Award

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


winner
Theatre World Awards - 1988 - Performance

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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?

Brian Stokes Mitchell has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre (Theatre World Awards), the Isabelle Stevenson Award (Tony Awards), Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for "Man of La Mancha," Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for "Sweeney Todd," and Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for "Man of La Mancha." He has also been nominated for 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 in a Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for "King Hedley II," and Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for "King Hedley II." Additionally, he received nominations for 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," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Kiss Me, Kate." Mitchell was also nominated for 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," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for "Ragtime." He received a Performance Award from the Theatre World Awards for "Mail."

What awards has Brian Stokes Mitchell won?

Brian Stokes Mitchell has won several awards throughout his career, including the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre from the Theatre World Awards, the Isabelle Stevenson Award from the Tony Awards, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Non-Resident Production for "Man of La Mancha" at the Helen Hayes Awards, Outstanding Actor in a Musical for "Man of La Mancha" at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Actor in a Play for "King Hedley II" at the Drama Desk Awards, Outstanding Actor in a Musical for "Kiss Me Kate" at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Kiss Me, Kate" at the Tony Awards, Distinguished Performance Award for "Ragtime" at the Drama League Awards, and a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for "Mail."

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