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BROADWAY STAR BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL PERFORMS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

August 27, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

WELCOMES THE INCOMPARABLE BROADWAY ARTIST

BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 27, 2008Dubbed Broadway’s “last leading man” by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich career on Broadway, television and film. This tremendous baritone takes the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m., for a spectacular evening of timeless show tunes, ballads and classic loves songs, like “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and his showstopper, “The Impossible Dream.” “He’s a talented musician and an engaging personality, but his rarest gift is for knocking show tunes over the moon.” (The Washington Post)

Known for his musical versatility, charisma, matinee idol good looks and a “chameleonic” ability to evoke any emotion, Mitchell is in a class by himself. “No other actor can match his singing voice. No other singer can claim his acting range or experience,” writes The New York Times. “His voice is a marvel – a royal baritone produced without any effort.” (The Washington Post)

One of the most dynamic male performers in theater in the past few decades, Mitchell has had a flourishing career on Broadway, earning him numerous awards and nominations. His credits include "Man of La Mancha" (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); "Kiss Me, Kate" (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award); "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. In 1998, he joined the likes of Helen Hayes, Sir John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones when he became the sole recipient of that year’s Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League, the nation’s oldest theatrical honor, for his performance in "Ragtime."

Mitchell has also had an extensive career in television, beginning with seven-year stint on "Trapper John, M.D." Numerous film and television appearances have followed, including "One Last Thing"; Dreamworks’ "The Prince of Egypt"; recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" and "Frasier"; and his “Presidential Debut” in "The Singer and the Song" from the White House.

Mitchell’s musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He has performed selections from "Porgy and Bess" with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, performed works by Aaron Copland and various contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri, Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch, and jazz and standards with Maestro John Williams at Disney Hall and with the Boston Pops.

In 2005, Mitchell made his cabaret debut as both a singer and a musical arranger in New York at Feinstein’s at the Regency in his critically acclaimed show "Love/Life," which moved to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. He received the New York Bistro and Nightlife awards for his debut. The New York Times extolled Mitchell’s show: "'Love/Life' expresses what Mr. Mitchell describes as his ‘natural bent in life to be happy.’ As he sings and reminisces, his voice and body appear galvanized by a kind of spiritual electricity.”

In 2006, Mitchell released his self-titled album as the inaugural artist on Playbill Records. In addition to singing, Mitchell produced the album and also wrote many of the arrangements and orchestrations. 2006 also saw the release of the DVD of his Carnegie Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "South Pacific" with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS in spring of 2006.

 

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.

Tickets for BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL are $60, $52, $30. Family Friendly: Children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL in concert is also available as part of the Arts, By George! Scholarship benefit evening. The $200 ticket includes food, beverage, student/faculty showcase, the Brian Stokes Mitchell performance and a private dessert reception with the artist onstage post-performance. For information about Arts, By George!, contact Deborah Paez at dpaez@gmu.edu, 703-993-4188.The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.