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Brian Stokes Mitchell Brings Broadway to Hylton Center

Baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell commands a stage.

The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas will conclude its 2011-2012 Hylton Presents season with a concert by the artist the The New York Times has dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man.” On Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8 p.m., the Tony Award-winning singer/actor Brian Stokes Mitchell will take the Merchant Hall stage for a performance showcasing a dynamic repertoire. The show includes timeless show tunes, classic ballads, such as “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and the showstopping “The Impossible Dream,” from “Man of La Mancha.”

The famed baritone, who prefers to be called “Stokes,” has starred on Broadway, in cinema and on television displaying his musical versatility and ability to evoke emotion in a variety of dissimilar roles. He is also known for his suave good looks and stunning voice, which The New York Times calls “richly tailored, warm and resonant.”

The artist’s resume includes leading roles and subsequent awards and honors in Broadway’s “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,” “Mail,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and David Merrick’s “Oh, Kay”!

Stokes recently returned to Broadway to star opposite Patti LuPone in the musical version of the Pedro Almodóvar film, “Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.In 2006, Stokes starred opposite Reba McEntire and Alec Baldwin in a concert version of “South Pacific” at Carnegie Hall, which aired on PBS. He later reprised his role of Emile at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007.

This versatile performer has also appeared on several popular television shows including “Frasier,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Ugly Betty” and most recently, “Glee.” He also appeared in the film “Jumping the Broom” opposite Angela Bassett.

Stokes has been invited to perform with some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras including Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall; the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri; Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center; and John Williams and the Boston Pops at Disney Hall. He also recently debuted Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici’s “Rip Van Winkle” with the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin.

Concertgoers are invited to arrive an hour early for a  pre-performance discussion to be held in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.

 Information on the performer was provided by the Hylton Arts Center.

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