Brian Stokes Mitchell’s January concert at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre netted $60,000 for the Maltz and $60,000 for the Actors Fund of which Mitchell is board president.
“South Florida is an important area for the arts,” said Mitchell during the concert. “We also want people who work in the performing arts down here to know that they can call on the Actor’s Fund for assistance. You don’t have to live in New York to benefit from our services.”
Mitchell donated his time to the program and the two non-profits reaped the benefits of the star’s reputation. On stage Mitchell pointed out that Florida was a pleasant place to be, away from the low temperatures and snowfall in the north in January.
A sell-out crowd enjoyed the evening of Broadway classics performed by the multi-award winning singer/actor including songs from Company, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and more. Arrangements were from his latest album, Simply Broadway.
A formal VIP dinner was offered to more than seventy attendees who dined in the Theatre’s new second-level Green Room and returned there after the show for dessert and to meet and be photographed with Mitchell.
Mitchell was accompanied by pianist Tedd Firth who collaborated on the arrangements for the album. Mitchell praised his musical partner several times during the performance.
“The concert was a tremendous success, and we are so honored that the Maltz Jupiter Theatre was selected as the co-beneficiary and the second of only four benefit concerts in the country. The first was in New York City at Lincoln Center and the third and fourth will be in Chicago and Los Angeles,” said Tricia Trimble, the Theatre’s managing director. “