Broadway’s Brian Stokes Mitchell featured at Christmas concert

November 8, 2011

Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Broadway singer Brian Stokes Mitchell will be the featured artist at a Brigham Young University-Idaho Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the BYU-Idaho Center.

The program will feature several hundred BYU-Idaho students, including the BYU-Idaho Men's and Women's Choirs, Collegiate Singers, Vocal Union and the Symphony Orchestra.

In July, Mitchell performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their Pioneer Commemoration Concert and also was featured in the choir's 2008 Christmas concert.

Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by the New York Times, Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in great American concert halls.

His Broadway career includes performances in Man of La Mancha (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me Kate (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Ragtime (Tony nomination); August Wilson's King Hedley II (Tony nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly's Last Jam; David Merrick's Oh, Kay!, and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World award for outstanding Broadway debut.

His long television career began with a seven-year stint on Trapper John, MD. Numerous film and TV appearances more recently include One Last Thing, which debuted at this year's Toronto Film Festival; recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier; PBS' Great Performances; DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt; and his "presidential debut" in The Singer and the Song from the White House.

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets, at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, or by calling 496-3170. The concert is open to those 6 years of age and older.