On Jan 5, 2014 at 8 p.m., the Maltz Jupiter Theatre will host a special event performed by Brian Stokes Mitchell, the multi-faceted, multi-talented, multi-award winning star of Broadway, television and film. Proceeds from the concert, titled Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway, after his newest album, will benefit the nonprofit Maltz Jupiter Theatre and The Actor’s Fund of America, of which Mitchell is board chair.
Tickets for the one-night performance are available at the box office at 561-575-2223 or online at www.JupiterTheatre.org.
Seventy VIP seats are offered and include a pre-concert formal dinner in the theater’s new the Green Room, orchestra seats, and a post-performance coffee and cordials reception with the star.
“Jupiter, with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, is an important place for the arts,” said Mitchell during an interview. “There’s a lot of good theater happening down there in South Florida so we felt it was a good idea to recognize what they are doing.”
“We are thrilled to be working together with The Actor’s Fund and sharing, with Brian Stokes Mitchell, his passion for the importance of the arts in the lives of people everywhere,” said the Theatre’s managing director, Tricia Trimble.
The concert will feature 90 minutes of music from Mitchell’s most recent album, Simply Broadway, which he describes on his website as “…12 great songs from 12 great Broadway classics – shows like Company, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Les Miz, Sunday in the Park With George… all performed in the spirit of the originals but with a fresh new OLD approach...
And what a voice – both on stage and on behalf of causes he champions; in this case, the Actors Fund of America.
The Actors Fund has been a major source of assistance for workers in the performing arts since 1882. It provides direct assistance to over 13,500 people a year. “It’s not just for actors,” Mitchell said. “It’s for the stage hands, the costumers, the musicians – anyone who has made a living in the performing arts.”
Mitchell has been a board member of The Fund for 16 years and the chair for almost ten. “I’ve been very lucky in my career,” he said. “I’ve always made a living as a performer. I’ve never waited table or had to do clerical work to make ends meet. Working for The Fund is my way of giving back.”
Among a myriad of other credits, Mitchell may be of special interest to gay readers for the fact that he played one of Rachel’s gay fathers with Jeff Goldblum on two episodes of Glee. “Lea Michele (Rachel) asked me to take the part. I’ve been watching her progress since we played together in Ragtime and was glad to do it.”
“It’s time for the country to change about these things,” he continued. “We should be able to live our own lives. But these things take time until enough people stand up and say they want the change to be made. It’s not fast enough for some people but it will happen.”
Mitchell and his wife, actress Allyson Tucker, have a ten year old son, Ellington. When asked how he would feel if his son said he was gay, Mitchell replied, “My job as a parent is to nurture my child to be whoever he is and help him discover what his task is in life.”
“I’m fascinated by spirit and the quest we are all on but with different points of view and our need to understand and live more peacefully with one another,” he continued. “The performing arts are mostly story telling, sharing experiences with an audience that in turn experiences its own catharsis. It’s a primal experience to sit in a theater and share your humanity with other people.”
Mitchell’s concert promises to be a wonderful experience for everyone who attends. He combines a resonant baritone voice with a stage presence and character portrayal unique to his performances.