Brian Stokes Mitchell to Receive Isabelle Stevenson Award 2016 Tony Awards by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 70th annual Tony Awards. He is currently starring in Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed (Shuffle Along) on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, New York. The musical has just received 10 Tony Award nominations.
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, New York, 2016. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
The Isabelle Stevenson Award is a special non-competitive Tony Award. It is given to “an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre.” The award is named for the late president of the American Theatre Wing, Isabelle Stevenson, and was first presented at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony.
Brian Stokes Mitchell is one of Broadway’s great leading men who has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, recordings, and as a powerful baritone he has made concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.
His Broadway career includes performances in Man of La Mancha (Tony Award nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me, Kate (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Ragtime (Tony nomination); August Wilson’s King Hedley II (Tony nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly’s Last Jam; Lincoln Center Theatre’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Oh, Kay!; and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway début. At City Center Encores! he has appeared in Do, Re, Mi, Carnival, and Kismet.
His long television career began in 1979 as John Dolan in Roots: The Next Generations and a seven-year run on Trapper John, MD (1979 to 1986). Numerous film and television appearances more recently include One Last Thing, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier, PBS’s Great Performances, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt (singing “Through Heaven’s Eyes”), Glee, Mr. Robot, and Jumping the Broom.
His musical versatility and baritone voice has kept him in demand by some of the country’s finest conductors and orchestras, and he has been invited to the White House and performed for Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama.
Tony Award Winner James Corden will Host the 70th Annual Tony Awards. He will preside over the 2016 Tony Awards show, broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Sunday, June 12th, 8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT, on the CBS Television Network.
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