Brian Stokes Mitchell





10/31/1958 , Seattle

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Brian Stokes Mitchell is starring in a revival of Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me Kate! in it's first Broadway revival. Brian Stokes Mitchell last starred as "Coalhouse Walker" in the new Livent production of RAGTIME, on Broadway, based on the book by E. L. Doctorow. Stokes is no stranger to the theater. Since his Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed musical MAIL, which also earned him a Theater World Award for outstanding Broadway debut, he has gone on to replace Gregory Hines in JELLY'S LAST JAM, and starred in the Tony Award winning musical, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, and OH, KAY! While performing in KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, Stokes was asked to participate in the fundraising album, Cabaret Noel: A Broadway Cares Christmas, to benefit the charity, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA). The song, "A Crazy Christmas List" marked Stokes' first performance on a publicly sold CD. In 1994 Stokes co-starred with Melba Moore in a concert production of Duke Ellington's QUEENIE PIE at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He recently recorded the score of QUEENIE PIE with Cleo Lane and Roberta Flack. The youngest of four children, Stokes was born on Halloween in Seattle, Washington. Since his father was a civilian electronics engineer working for the Navy, his family traveled throughout the Far East, living for several years in the Philippines and Guam. At age 14, Mitchell's family moved to San Diego where he began appearing in plays in high school. He began his studies at the San Diego Jr. Theater and performed at the San Diego Civic Light Opera and the Old Globe Theater. It was the Twelfth Night Repertory Company, an Emmy-Award winning, multicultural improvisational group, which brought Stokes to Los Angeles in 1977. Stokes, an accomplished musician, composer, conductor and producer, spends his free time in his recording studio creating scores for other shows as he works on his first solo album. More information regarding his musical career can be obtained by visiting the "Recording" section of this web site. Stokes' television career took off with a plum role on the critically acclaimed series, "Roots: The Next Generations". His additional television credits include recurring roles on the medical drama, "Trapper John, MD", and NBC's hit comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Stokes currently divides his time between New York and Los Angeles with his wife, actress Allyson Tucker.