Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway
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Brian Stokes Mitchell is returning to the Lone Tree Arts Center! You may remember that he was the first artist to perform at the Arts Center's Opening Gala in 2011. 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. 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 and received his most recent Tony Award for his work as Chairman of the Board of the Actor's Fund. 2016 also marked 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, including two performances at the White House. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums and his musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger, and orchestrator on his solo albums, including his latest recording, the award-winning Simply Broadway. His next album, Plays With Music will be released this Fall.
Accompanying Brian Stokes Mitchell for Simply Broadway, is Mark Hummel. Hummel, the Music Director/Conductor/Dance Music Arranger for Disney’s Newsies, also wrote arrangements for Hugh Jackman; Back on Broadway, and dance music for Sister Act (Broadway and worldwide). As Music Director for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Mr. Hummel composed three songs for their 75th celebration in 2007. A three time Emmy Award nominee, he has conducted and/or composed dance music for fifteen other musicals on Broadway, highlights include the Jerry Zaks’ 1992 revival of Guys & Dolls, The Boy From Oz, and Chita Rivera; The Dancers Life. Mr. Hummel has also played the White House twice with Karen Akers and written arrangements for two Academy Award telecasts and three Tony Award telecasts. Mr. Hummel also enjoys creating music with Tommy Tune, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, Donna Murphy, Rufus Wainwright, Barbara Cook, Amra-Faye Wright, and Brian Stokes Mitchell.