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A Weekend saluting America.


Brian Stokes Mitchell
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.
In April of 2016 he made a long-awaited return to Broadway starring once again with Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, a New Musical written and directed by George C. Wolfe with choreography by Savion Glover. That was also the year he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame

An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is in his 12th term as Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund.
Stokes is a great proponent of arts education and speaks passionately about the importance of art in all of our lives. He resides in New York City with his wife, son and rescued mutt, Diggidy


Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster can currently be seen starring as the lead of Darren Star’s hit TV Land series, “Younger.” Broadway: Violet, Anything Goes (Tony Award), Shrek, Young Frankenstein, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award), Les Misérables, Annie, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grease. Off-Broadway: Sweet Charity (The Pershing Square Signature Center) The Wild Party (City Center Encores!), Trust (Second Stage), Anyone Can Whistle (City Center Encores!). Albums: Wish and An Evening with Sutton Foster: Live at the Café Carlyle. Television: “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” “Bunheads,” “Elementary,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Flight of the Conchords” and “Sesame Street.” She holds an honorary doctorate from Ball State University, where she also teaches.


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