Broadway Star Stops Singing During Nightly Applause Over Safety Concerns

Peter Haskell
April 30, 2020 - 2:09 pm

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    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For nearly three weeks, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell took part in the city's nightly applause for frontline heroes by singing "The Impossible Dream."  

    But last night, he announced his run had ended.

    He delivered the news the same way he did his song — from his apartment window on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

    "I'm sorry I can't sing to you anymore," he told his fans.

    Mitchell had grown concerned for the safety of the crowds that would gather nightly on the street below.

    "I was noticing that a lot of people were crossing the street without paying much attention to the traffic," Mitchell said.

    After speaking to police officers about safety, they recommended he stop. He agreed.

    The singing was not a performance, it was a tribute to all health care and other essential workers.

    "It had a very specific purpose, which was to say thank you," Mitchell said.

    Mitchell says he'll continue to cheer every night.

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