Broadway actor and Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell guest starred in the annual BYU-Idaho Christmas concert on Dec 1.
According to the Brian Stokes website, Mitchell has a long running career in Broadway, television, film and concert appearances accompanied by some of the country’s best conductors and orchestras.
Some of his Broadway performances are Man of La Mancha, King Hedley II and Kiss Me, Kate. He is also known for performing the song, “Through Heaven’s Eyes,” in the film The Prince of Egypt.
The concert started off with “Sussex Carol,” by the BYUI choir. The following acts after that song was “Sounds of Joy,” a narration by Mitchell of the Nativity, “Alleluia, Venite, Gaudete,” “Peace is possible,” “Silent Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Impossible Dream,” “Friendly Beasts,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Grateful,” “New Worlds,” “We are Lights,” “Through Heaven’s Eyes,” “One Small Child,” “O Love” and “Angel’s Glory.”
The audience was captured by the whole performance, especially when Mitchell made a quick transition from a quiet song to singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Abi Moore, a freshman studying psychology, said that his performance of that song was the best part of the show.
“I loved it when he sang the Grinch song,” Moore said. “I thought it was so extra and a perfect addition to the show.”
Sage Claridge, a sophomore studying music, also enjoyed the performance of the Grinch, along with “New Worlds,” also performed by Mitchell.
“It was cute how he sang New Worlds, it was so cute how he sang it as if he was teaching his son how to say words like moon or stars.”
The concert took place on Dec. 1 at the BYU Idaho-Center at 7:30 pm and ended at 9:30 pm with “Angel’s Glory.”