Star Mitchell could return for Saturday matinee

The producers of “King Hedley II” have pushed back the play’s Broadway premiere from Sunday to Tuesday, just one day before the deadline for Tony Award nominations. Brian Stokes Mitchell, star of the August Wilson drama, has developed swollen vocal cords, according to his doctor, and is in need of a “vocal rest.”

Mitchell missed both Wednesday performances of “King Hedley” and is expected to be out of the show today and Friday as well. Keith Randolph Smith replaces the actor for those performances. A rep for the show said Mitchell will “hopefully be back for the Saturday matinee and evening performances on April 28, at which time critics will be invited to attend.”

The opening-night party will take place as originally scheduled, Sunday after the 6 p.m. performance.

Mitchell last was seen on Broadway in the revival of “Kiss Me, Kate,” in which he sang the vocally demanding male lead.

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