Brian Stokes Mitchell Hosts a Talk Show With Broadway Stars

Brian Stokes Mitchell Hosts a Talk Show With Broadway Stars
Brian Stokes Mitchell at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 27, 2016. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK—Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell will be hosting a new streaming talk show focusing on fellow artists like him who have made the jump from stage to film, television or music.

The first clutch of guests on “Crossovers: Live!” include Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Shaiman and David Hyde Pierce. The six-episode first season starts July 26 with Vanessa Williams as guest.

“I want it to be a show that really lights people up and makes people go, ‘Yes! Look what we can do! Look what we human beings are capable of and I’m going to go out and do that same thing,’” Mitchell tells The Associated Press.

“I hope it inspires everybody and they also have a lot of fun watching it. And it gives them lots of joy and delight and they learn things that they didn’t know about these people before.”

“Crossovers: Live!” will be available on Stellar, a new pay live-event platform created by Goldstar. Subscription tickets for the series are $49 and go on sale Wednesday.

Mitchell has a career that spans Broadway, television, film and concert appearances. He won a Tony Award for his work on “Kiss Me, Kate” and had a seven-year stint on “Trapper John, MD.” He’s since alternated between shows like “Mr. Robot” and Broadway’s “Shuffle Along.”

“So much of what I’m talking about is luck because it’s so out of your hands,” he says. “It’s been an interesting journey, exploring why some people hit, why some people don’t, why some people are wildly successful in one medium or sometimes both.”

He said the discussions with his guests will include everything from how they coped with COVID-19 lockdowns to their creative process. Producers say the show will be “cheeky, thought-provoking and wildly entertaining” with “candid discussions, rare footage and unexpected laughs.”

By Mark Kennedy

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