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With the release of Simply Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell and his powerhouse tenor amply reward the patience of fans who had waited six years for a sequel to his popular self-titled debut. The Tony Award winner, renowned stage and concert performer, and animation voice-over whiz brings so much drama, emotion, and storytelling color to this crafty mix of the familiar and the lesser known that he only needs a little piano accompaniment (provided brilliantly by Tedd Firth on a Steinway Hamburg grand) to sweep through the history of his chosen realm. Aside from the unique, wide-ranging song selection, which includes pieces from Fiddler on the Roof (a witty romp through "If I Were a Rich Man"), Les Misérables ("Stars"), Sunday in the Park with George ("Finishing the Hat"), Carousel (the dynamics-filled eight-minute "Soliloquy"), and South Pacific ("Some Enchanted Evening"), the most compelling element is Mitchell's choice as to when to overpower (the soaring, high-wire feeling of "Feeling Good") and when to pull back and speak (even whisper) more gently from the heart ("What Kind of Fool Am I" and "Finishing the Hat"). Although his own intuitive sense of song and the brilliant arrangements get some credit for this, Mitchell also gives a tip of the hat to his heroes Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, who also knew a little something about balancing raw emotional intensity with those quieter, intimate moments when lifelong musical connections are made.

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Simply Broadway

Simply magnificent! What a tribute to the composers and lyricists who created these classic songs of musical theater to have Mr. Mitchell's voice singing them with such purity, emotion and beauty. I felt each choice and performance of song was made by this artist with the passion and love for what the songs have contributed to Broadway and beyond. Thank you!


If you are a Broadway fan or simply a person who appreciates an incredible voice, you will love this album. I contend that Stokes Mitchell stands alone when it comes to his interpretation of lyrics and melodies written expressly for their emotional impact. His voice is beyond compare. I will travel to see this man and I will travel to see Betty Buckley and Patti Lupone. For me, he is the only male entertainer that rises to that level of appreciation, whether he is performing in a musical or a cabaret setting. Buy this album or at least some of the songs. You will not regret it.


Just Phenomenal! Stokes Mitchell is a giant


Born: October 31, 1957 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Actor and singer Brian Stokes Mitchell has performed in many television and Broadway productions, including Man of la Mancha and Kiss Me Kate, for which he received a Tony award. A native of Seattle, Mitchell spent his formative years in San Diego performing with various theater groups. A move to Los Angeles in the late '70s brought him into contact with the entertainment industry, and numerous appearances in film and television followed, including a seven-year role on the...
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