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A Broadway Christmas with the New York Philharmonic
Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell
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Location: Avery Fisher Hall  (Directions)
Price Range: $34.00 - $85.00
Fri, Dec, 20, 2013
7:30 PM
Sat, Dec, 21, 2013
2:00 PM
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Brian Stokes Mitchell


Ted Sperling

Ted Sperling is a conductor, music director, arranger, singer, pianist, and violinist. He was music director and conductor of the first Broadway revival of South Pacific, which won seven 2008 Tony Awards and played to sold-out houses at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2005 Mr. Sperling won Tony and Drama Desk Awards (with Adam Guettel and Bruce Coughlin) for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director.

Mr. Sperling was music director and conductor of the 2009 Tony Award–nominated revival of Guys and Dolls. Other Broadway credits as music director/conductor/pianist include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Les Misérables, Roza, and Sunday in the Park with George. Mr. Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic. His Off Broadway credits as music director include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times.

Ted Sperling’s work as a stage director includes the world premieres of four musicals — See What I Wanna See, V-Day, Charlotte: Life? or Theater?, and Striking 12 — as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. He conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins, which has been shown in five international festivals. He was a recipient of the 2006 Ted Shen Family Foundation Award for leadership in musical theater and is the director of the Music Theater Initiative at the Public Theater as well as creative director of 24-Hour Musicals.

Mr. Sperling maintains an active concert career. His performances include two sold-out programs with the New York Philharmonic, Barbara Cook’s 80th Birthday Celebration and the Gala New Year’s Eve Concert with Audra McDonald; The Mikado and The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall with The Collegiate Chorale; Brooklyn Village with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and Brooklyn Youth Chorus; a Leonard Bernstein tribute for New York City Opera; and concerts with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Opera Orchestra, Alabama Symphony, and Westchester Philharmonic. Artists with whom he has performed include Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Deborah Voigt, Paulo Szot, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, Victoria Clark, and Michael Bublé. Ted Sperling will conduct the New York Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013 for the program Broadway Night with the Philharmonic.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television, and film, and in the country’s major concert halls. He has performed selections from Porgy and Bess with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall; works by Aaron Copland and contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with Leonard Slatkin, John Mauceri, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Broadway songs at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch; and jazz and other works with John Williams and the Boston Pops. He narrated the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s Rip Van Winkle with Mr. Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, and he performed Mr. Williams’s arrangement of My Fair Lady for singers and jazz orchestra opposite Dianne Reeves at the Tanglewood Festival and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has also performed at the White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Mr. Mitchell made his cabaret debut as both singer and musical arranger in 2005 in his one-man show Love/Life, which ran at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater and won Bistro and New York Nightlife awards. He starred as Emile de Becque, alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush, in the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of South Pacific, which aired on PBS in the spring of 2006 and was later released on CD and DVD. In 2007 he reprised that role at the Hollywood Bowl, where the following year he appeared as Javert in Les Misérables.

Mr. Mitchell’s Broadway career includes performances in Man of La Mancha (Tony Award nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards); King Hedley II (Tony Award nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly’s Last Jam; Oh, Kay!; and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. For his performance in Ragtime he received a Tony Award nomination as well as the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, the oldest theater-world honor in North America. In 2010 Mr. Mitchell returned to Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti LuPone at Lincoln Center Theater. A cast album was released the following year. His appearances for New York City Center’s Encores! program include starring roles in Do Re Mi, Carnival, and Kismet.

Having begun his television career with a seven-year stint on Trapper John, M.D., Mr. Mitchell has since had recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier, and he has appeared in films such as The Prince of Egypt, Jumping the Broom, and One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. In 2006 Mr. Mitchell released a self-titled album (which he also produced, arranged, and orchestrated) as the inaugural artist on the newly formed Playbill Records label.

Brian Stokes Mitchell works with numerous charitable organizations, from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is chairman of the board for The Actors Fund.

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