Bebe Neuwirth, Arielle Jacobs, Dawnn Lewis and David Jennings Attend HADESTOWN Benefit Performance for The Actors Fund

The Tony Award winning and Grammy nominated cast of Hadestown donated a special matinee performance at The Walter Kerr Theatre on January 10 to The Actors Fund.

André De Shields, Bebe Neuwirth, Chris Calkins, David Jennings and Dawnn Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

The Actors Fund has been providing welfare programs to entertainment professionals for over 130 years. The non-profit offers its members health services, affordable housing, financial guidance, and more. Tony Award winner André De Shields who turns 74 today and can currently be seen as the Alegebra Tutor in “John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch” on Netflix, gave props to the organization in his curtain speech and shared how he had personally benefited from the services they provided in his time of need. Below is video by Cherie B. Tay of his speech.

After the performance, Bebe Neuwirth, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL’s Dawnn Lewis and David Jennings, ALADDIN’s Arielle Jacobs, Romain Frugé and more visited with cast after the performance.

Liam Robinson, Chris Calkins, André De Shields, Bebe Neuwirth, Eva Noblezada, David Jennings, Dawnn Lewis and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown, penned by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, weaves two famous myths: that of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of the rulers of the Underworld, Hades and Persephone.

Bebe Neuwirth and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast features Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page as Hades, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray as Persephone, and Tony Award winner André De Shields as Hermes.They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Anthony Chatmon II, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, and Kimberly Marable. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.This year the production was nominated for 14 Tony awards, winning eight, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for De Shields.

André De Shields and Romain Frugé. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season having just been nominated for the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The new musical has received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Liam Robinson, Joe Benincasa and Chris Calkins. Photo by Lia Chang
Natalie Caruncho, Arielle Jacobs, André De Shields, Yvette Gozalez-Nacer and J.J. Caruncho. Photo by Lia Chang
Chris Calkins, Amber Gray, Bebe Neuwirth, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, David Jennings, Dawnn Lewis and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Dylan-Cole Passman, Bebe Neuwirth and Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang
Chris Calkins, David Jennings, Bebe Neuwirth, Jewelle Blackman, Dawnn Lewis and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Brandon

Photo Flash: Bebe Neuwirth, Arielle Jacobs, Dawnn Lewis, David Jennings and More Attend HADESTOWN Actors Fund Performance

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman, Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and

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