From Ragtime to Shuffle Along: Celebrating Brian Stokes Mitchell’s Greatest Stage Roles

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The Tony Award winner and Actors Fund chair celebrates his birthday October 31.
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Brian Stokes Mitchell, who earned the 2000 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for Kiss Me, Kate, and was also honored with with the Tonys' Isabelle Stevenson Award for his advocacy work with The Actors Fund, celebrates his birthday October 31.

Mitchell made his Broadway debut as Franklin in the 1988 production of Mail, beginning a three decade career on the stage. Throughout his career, he has given Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime.

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Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He was last seen on Broadway in the Tony-nominated production of Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.

Mitchell also wears many hats as a human rights activist, including as chair of The Actors Fund, a co-founder of Black Theatre United, and an advocate of the ArtsVote initiative.

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