Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell tests positive for coronavirus

The actor and chairman of the board of The Actors Fund announced the news of his diagnosis in a Twitter video, reassuring fans that he was already beginning to feel better.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell speaks onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music in New York City.

Brian Stokes Mitchell speaks onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music in New York City.

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Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has tested positive for COVID-19.

The actor and chairman of the board of The Actors Fund announced the news of his diagnosis in a Twitter video, reassuring fans that he was already beginning to feel better. He says his wife and son don’t have symptoms.

In a statement, The Actors Fund said Mitchell’s diagnosis is an example “of why it is vitally important that we each do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus.”

Mitchell won a Tony for his lead performance in the 1999 musical “Kiss Me, Kate.” Other Broadway figures who have tested positive include Gavin Creel, Aaron Tveit and Laura Bell Bundy as well as composer David Bryan. It has claimed the life of four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

Mitchell is no stranger to Chicago’s stages, having performed here numerous times over the years.

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