"Make Them Hear You": Brian Stokes Mitchell Makes Carnegie Hall Solo Debut Oct. 15

News   "Make Them Hear You": Brian Stokes Mitchell Makes Carnegie Hall Solo Debut Oct. 15
 
Carnegie Hall will be filled with the lush sounds of Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, as the celebrated actor makes his solo concert debut on the legendary stage Oct. 15 in an evening that will benefit the Actors Fund of America.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell

The acclaimed Broadway star, who is also the president of the Actors Fund, will offer highlights from his award-winning career as well as music he has always wanted to perform. Tony-winning conductor Paul Gemignani, who previously worked with Mitchell conducting the sold-out Carnegie Hall concert of South Pacific, will lead a full orchestra.

Producer and director Richard Jay-Alexander — who most recently directed Barbra Streisand's North American and European tours, as well as the Carnegie Hall debuts of both Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga — directs Mitchell's solo turn.

Mitchell, a Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award winner for his performance in the hit revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, will be joined on the Carnegie Hall stage by several of his past leading ladies as well as stars from the worlds of opera, Broadway and the concert stage. Reba McEntire, Mitchell's co-star in the Carnegie Hall staging of South Pacific, will reunite with her "Wonderful Guy" for an Annie Get Your Gun duet. Phylicia Rashad, who performed alongside Mitchell in the Broadway production of Jelly's Last Jam, is also scheduled to appear.

Tony winner Heather Headley, Nikki Renee Daniels and the Broadway Inspirational Voices will also join Mitchell for his 8 PM concert. (Due to a family tragedy, the previously announced Harolyn Blackwell will be unable to appear.)

"It is hard to put into words how incredibly honored and excited I am to be making my solo debut on one of the most celebrated stages in the world," Mitchell recently stated. "I have been a part of some very special shows at Carnegie Hall with other great artists, but to now have a performance that is all my own is going to be an all together different experience. The Actors Fund is a critical organization for everyone in the entertainment industry and I am proud that this important night in my career can also benefit this wonderful organization." Brian Stokes Mitchell, who was seen in the City Center Encores! presentation of Kismet, earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the title role of Man of La Mancha. He won the 2000 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for his performance as Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, and his other Broadway credits include lead roles in King Hedley II; Ragtime; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly's Last Jam; Oh, Kay!; Mail; and the City Center Encores! mountings of Do Re Mi and Carnival. Television audiences will be familiar with Mitchell's work from his roles on "Trapper John, M.D.," "Roots" and "Frasier." Mitchell was elected the 12th president of the Actors' Fund of America, and he has performed in concert halls and cabarets around the country. His Playbill Records CD is entitled "Brian Stokes Mitchell."

Tickets are available by calling the Carnegie Hall box office at (212) 247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.

Further information is available by visiting www.actorsfund.org or www.Brianstokes.com.

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Prior to Mitchell's 8 PM concert, Tony and Olivier Award winner Patti LuPone will award John Breglio with The Actors Fund Medal of Honor. This milestone is in recognition of Breglio's "tremendous contribution to not only The Actors Fund, but to the performing arts community as a whole."

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