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Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
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Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dubbed Broadway's "last leading man" by The New York Times, Tony Award-winning singer, actor and entertainer Brian Stokes Mitchell will appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University's Prince William Campus on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Taking the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall stage for the first time, "Stokes," as he prefers to be called, brings a thrilling program showcasing his dynamic repertoire, which includes timeless show tunes, heartrending ballads and classic loves songs, such as "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "It Ain't Easy Being Green" and his showstopper, "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Stokes earned a Tony nomination and the Helen Hayes Award for his role as Cervantes/Quixote in the 2002 Broadway revival of this classic musical.

Stokes' other Broadway appearances include "Kiss Me, Kate," which earned him Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards; "Ragtime," which earned him a Tony nomination; "Kiss of the Spider Woman"; "Mail"; "Jelly's Last Jam"; and David Merrick's "Oh, Kay!" He recently returned to Broadway to star opposite Patti LuPone in the musical version of the Pedro Almodovar film, "Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." Stokes also starred opposite Reba McEntire and Alec Baldwin as "Emile" in a concert version of "South Pacific" at Carnegie Hall, which aired on PBS; he later reprised the role at the Hollywood Bowl.

A versatile performer, Stokes has appeared on several popular television shows, including "Trapper John, M.D.," "Frasier," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Crossing Jordan," "Ugly Betty" and most recently, on the hit show "Glee," appearing opposite Jeff Goldblum. He also recently appeared in the film "Jumping the Broom" opposite Angela Bassett. 

Stokes has been invited to perform with some of the country's most prominent conductors and orchestras, including Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Leonard Slatkin and John Williams and the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and John Williams and the Boston Pops at Disney Hall. He also recently debuted Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici's "Rip Van Winkel" with the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin.

Tickets to the Brian Stokes Mitchell concert are $44, $52 and $60 and can be purchased by calling 888-945-2468, visiting hyltoncenter.org or at the Hylton Center box office, open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center's Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery. Novant Health is the Season Sponsor of the 2011-2012 Hylton Presents season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. 

This performance is also part of the Hylton Performing Arts Center's 2nd Anniversary Gala, honoring George Mason University President Alan G. Merten and Mrs. Sally L. Merten for their leadership in bringing the Hylton Center to Prince William County and the Northern Virginia community. The Gala supports the Hylton Center's mission to entertain, educate and enrich the Northern Virginia community by providing diverse and accessible arts experiences in its state-of-the-art venues. This annual event, which is co-chaired by The Honorable Corey A. Stewart & Maria Stewart and Mike and Karen Vanderpool, raises funds for the Sen. Charles J. Colgan Community Arts Benefit Fund, which enables local arts organizations to present at the Hylton Center and make it their artistic home. Individual tickets to the Gala are $300 and include a performance ticket to the Brian Stokes Mitchell concert, a ticket to the Gala Dinner, as well as name recognition in the programs for both events. For more information, please contact Emily Robinson at 703-993-7719.

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