"Brian Stokes Mitchell" is the first CD from one of Broadway's premiere leading men. The self-titled album from the Tony Award-winning actor, whose impressive Broadway resume includes, among others, Ragtime; Kiss Me, Kate; and Man of La Mancha; features songs by Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Cy Coleman, George and Ira Gershwin, John Bucchino, Billy Strayhorn and Leonard Bernstein.
Many of the arrangements and orchestrations for the disc were penned by Mitchell, who says he chose songs that reflect "my life and who I am - not only my musical journey but my journey through life, while also still giving [my] musical theatre [fans] what they were hoping for but being true to the sounds that I hear and my musical influences. What I ended up doing was taking mostly theatre songs. . . and giving them arrangements that weren't Broadway-style arrangements but were my unique way of arranging music."
The "Brian Stokes Mitchell" CD thrillingly blends the sounds of musical theatre and jazz, the two worlds that have had the most impact on Mitchell. The complete track listing for the disc, which was mixed by Grammy winner Al Schmitt, follows.
"Something's Coming" (L. Bernstein/S. Sondheim)
"The Best Is Yet to Come" (C. Coleman/C. Leigh)
"Pretty Women" (S. Sondheim)
"Just in Time" (J. Styne/A. Green/B. Comden)
"Lazy Afternoon" (J. Moross/J. Latouche)
"Another Hundred People"/"Take the 'A' Train" (S. Sondheim)/(B. Strayhorn)
"How Long Has This Been Going On?" (G. Gershwin/I. Gershwin)
"Life Is Sweet" (M. Tavara/L. Feather)
"Losing My Mind" (S. Sondheim)
"Being Alive" (S. Sondheim)
"How Glory Goes" (A. Guettel)
"Grateful" (J. Bucchino)