The NYTimes on the leading man: “The joie de vivre that is a trademark of Mr. Mitchell’s stage demeanor can be a powerful mood elevator for an audience. But when his cheerleading enthusiasm is pushed too far it can start to cloy, as it did on Saturday, and you wish he would lean more to the dark side.”
The NYTimes weighs in on the crooner at Feinstein’s: “And there you have Mr. Mitchell, a singer who dares you to be happier than you ever dreamed. Because he seems a living, breathing example of a man living comfortably in that exalted state, that dare has the weight of a serious challenge.”
I was fortunate to see Brian Stokes Mitchell at Strathmore Friday night. Here’s the link to my Cabaret Scenes review.
Here’s the set list:
- Some Enchanted Evening
- The Best is Yet to Come
- Wheels of a Dream
- So in Love
- Love for Sale
- How Long Has This Been Going On?
- This Nearly Was Mine
- I Was Here
- Bein’ Green / Hooray…
- New Words
- 30’s/40’s Medley
- Some Other Time / Impossible Dream
The Playbill Diva Talk column has a long interview with Judy Kuhn where she reminsices about growing up in DC and tells about the infulence Arena Stage had on her as a youth.
It also features an extensive review of the Brian Stokes Mitchell Carnegie Hall Concert.
Stephen Holden’s review of Brian Stokes Mitchell’s Carnegie Hall Concert: “He is the singular Broadway leading man who is not only in touch with his inner child; he also gives him free rein to express himself whenever he feels like speaking up. That child is so endearing that your impulse is to get down on the floor with him and spend the evening making silly faces.”
There are also some good backstage pictures on Broadway.com