"Sleepy Man": Brian Stokes Mitchell to Narrate Rip Van Winkle Concert Nov. 20

News   "Sleepy Man": Brian Stokes Mitchell to Narrate Rip Van Winkle Concert Nov. 20
The world premiere of Rip Van Winkle — a new work that uses narration and music to bring to life the classic Washington Irving tale — will be part of the National Symphony Orchestra's concert Rip Van Winkle and Other Musical Tales.

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Nov. 20 concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will feature the famed orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will narrate Rip Van Winkle, which was created by Pulitzer Prize winner David Del Tredici. Mitchell will also perform one of his signature tunes, Man of La Mancha's "The Impossible Dream." Show times are 1 and 3 PM. The hour-long program, part of the NSO Family Series, will also feature Leonard Bernstein's Candide overture, "Huckleberry Finn" from Grofé's Mississippi Suite, Copland's Down a Country Lane, "Jubilee" from Gould's "Spirituals for Orchestra" and John Williams' "E.T." theme.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, who will star in the upcoming 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! presentations 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 twelfth president of the Actors' Fund of America, and he made his cabaret debut in February at Feinstein's at the Regency.

Tickets are priced $15-$18. For more information visit www.kennedy-center.org.

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