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A two-time Tony Award winner whose three-decade career has spanned theater, television, film, and live concerts, is coming to town.

Brian Stokes Mitchell will present Simply Broadway at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Mitchell has starred in such Broadway musicals as “Kiss Me Kate,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Ragtime.” Most recently, he shared the stage with Audra McDonald in “Shuffle Along.”

On this afternoon, he will croon ditties filled with hope, humanity, and joy from his upcoming album, “Plays With Music,” while backed by a lush big band. Tickets range from $40 to $50.

The Seattle native, who grew up at various military bases due to his father’s profession, has a reputation for internalizing songs and then bringing them to life with emotion and a sweet, wide-ranging baritone voice. He doesn’t ride the music. He moves through it, molding the lyrics and often portraying the characters described in them. From a fiancée with pre-wedding jitters, he becomes a cranky old lady and then a gay man celebrating marriage equality.

Mitchell was 16 years old when he made his professional debut in “Godspell” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where he attended high school. He then jumped to television, playing Dr. Justin “Jackpot” Jackson on the CBS series “Trapper John, M.D.” for seven years in the 1970s and 1980s. The next step was Broadway, where he eventually got the leading role in “Kiss of the Spider Woman.”

Since then, he has had steady work with major musicians (Reba McEntire, Boston Pops, Mormon Tabernacle Choir) at major auditoriums (Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, Lincoln Center), except for during a sabbatical after his son’s birth.

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Ave.

Images: QPAC


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