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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


Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo received a 2016 Tony Award for her Broadway debut as Celie in The Color Purple. Cynthia Erivo is a multiple award-winning actress & singer who made a huge splash on Broadway in her 2015 debut as ‘Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color
Purple” for which she received a 2016 Tony Award.

A new name to many at the time of her debut, the Nigerian-British actor & singer quickly caught the attention of Broadway fans, critics and celebrities alike. Oprah Winfrey, Anna
Wintour, and Diane Von Furstenburg are just a few of the those who sing Erivo’s praises, with Oprah calling Erivo’s performance as Celie “transcendent.” Notably, Erivo is well on her way to being the fastest (and youngest) person to achieve EGOT status, having received 3 of the 4 awards in less than a year to date for her performance in the Color Purple – a Tony, Grammy and most recently, a daytime Emmy. Erivo recently performed alongside John Legend at the 2017 Grammy Awards and in 2016 performed at The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Also an accomplished songwriter, Erivo wrote and and performed the song, “Fly Before You Fall,” for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Erivo is also the featured
vocalist on the anthem “Jump” from the acclaimed documentary “STEP” which follows a group of inner-city Baltimore teens as they navigate thru their transition from senior year of high school to college. Erivo is currently working on writing and recording original music in her downtime while simultaneously co-starring opposite Viola Davis in the Steve McQueen directed movie “Widows”, expected to premiere in November of this year. She is also set to star in the biopic film about Harriet Tubman to be directed by Seith Mann, also slated to premiere in 2018.

European theater credits include The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Sister Act, I Can’t Sing!, Dessa Rose, Henry IV, Marine Parade, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, The Three Musketeers, The Princess of Spain and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to her stage career, Erivo is a songwriter and wrote the song, “Fly Before You Fall,” for the feature film Beyond the Lights.


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