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Dubbed “the last leading man” by the New York Times, two-time 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 has 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, a new musical written and directed by George C. Wolf with choreography by Savion Glover. He received his most recent Tony Award, the Isabelle Stevenson special Tony for his work as Chairman of the Board or the Actor’s Fund, a charity that helps anyone who has made a living in show business and the performing arts in times of need, crisis or transition. 2016 also marks 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. He has worked with John Williams, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, the late Marvin Hamlisch, 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 and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger, and orchestrator on his own albums, including his latest recording, Simply Broadway, featuring the Tony-winning singer accompanied by solo piano. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums and is currently working on his next album, Plays With Music to be released this year.
His extensive screen credits began with a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom, and his most recent recurring roles on Mr. Robot, Madam Secretary, The Path and The Blacklist.