Brian Stokes Mitchell as Coalhouse is so charismatic critics should wish they'd never used the word before.
New York Times:
...Mitchell emerges as a sexy, charismatic star who finds a sinuous dignity in the persecuted Coalhouse...
Ragtime - powered by the thrilling voice and acting of Brian Stokes Mitchell - becomes a milestone in musical theater.
Brian Stokes Mitchell, as the charismatic ragtime player Coalhouse Walker, is turning in a star performance.
The Associated Press:
As played by the mesmerizing Brian Stokes Mitchell, Coalhouse ignites the musical, particularly in an anthem of hope called "Wheels of a Dream."
...a splendid cast of full-voiced actors led by Brian Stokes Mitchell, a sensitive powerhouse as Walker...
Brian Stokes Mitchell, in one of the shows’ standout performances... charming and strong-voices, Mitchell carries much of the weighty second act on his shoulders.
He is a splendid, charismatic Walker, with an edge of tenderness that makes you feel for him. He’s also a lithe, exciting dancer, and the show finally gets on its feet with his first number...
...Brian Stokes Mitchell, a sensitive powerhouse as Walker.
The London Times
I was touched and gripped by Brian Stoke Mitchell’s stubborn, sensitive Coalhouse...