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KC STAR CLASSICAL BEAT: Brian Stokes Mitchell brings Broadway to the Kauffman Center

Brian Stokes MitchellTony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will perform songs from “Camelot,” “Les Misérables,” “Man of La Mancha” and more. File photo

BY PATRICK NEAS
Special to The Star
OCTOBER 01, 2017 8:00 AM

Kansas City Young Audiences does invaluable work bringing the arts to young people through its Community School of the Arts, school and community programs and its Arts Partners programs for area schools. With a new home at 3732 Main St. and a staff of caring and motivated arts lovers, the organization is poised to continue its good work but is always in need of help from the community.

The Kansas City Symphony is showing its support by presenting a benefit concert for Kansas City Young Audiences Saturday at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tony Award-winning singer and actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is headlining the concert of favorite Broadway songs and classics of the American Songbook.

To Broadway cognoscenti, Mitchell is kind of a big deal. Since making his first appearance on Broadway in 1988, Mitchell has been in a variety of plays and musicals, starring in many of them. He won the Tony for best actor for his performance in the revival of Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate.”

Mitchell also has provided voice-overs for a multitude of cartoons. And he is familiar from many appearances on television shows such as “Frasier” and “Glee.”

Mitchell has a rich baritone, loves the standards of American popular music and knows how to entertain. His appearance with the Kansas City Symphony is an almost assured winner. He’ll be singing songs from “Camelot,” “Les Misérables” and “Man of La Mancha” and other musicals.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. $39-$119. 816-471-0400 or kcsymphony.org.

To learn more about Kansas City Young Audiences, visit kcya.org.

Read full article on The Star website here: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article176377676.html