2019 Tony Awards Flashback: On the Town with André De Shields, Harold Wheeler,Terrence McNally, David Henry Hwang, Rachel Chavkin, Anaïs Mitchell, Jordan Roth, Clint Ramos, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Jason Michael Webb, Michael McElroy and More

Vinie Burrows, 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Lia Chang at the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Garth Kravits

Last year, after a half century in the theater, Broadway veteran André De Shields took home his first Tony Award at the age of 73 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his role as Hermes in Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown. 

This was his 3rd nomination. He was previously nominated for Play On andThe Full Monty.

Photo by Lia Chang

André received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Actors’ Equity Foundation’s 2019 Richard Seff Award.

Tony Award Winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

He recently received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young presented André with the Key to the City of Baltimore in August, 2019.

André De Shields receives the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Jack Young in the Ceremonial Room. Photo by Lia Chang

During his acceptance speech for the Tony Award, André gave a shoutout to his hometown of Baltimore, Md and shared his three cardinal rules of his ability and longevity which included:

1. Surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming.

2. Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be.

3. The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing.

Below is my flashback coverage of last year’s Tony Awards celebration.

The cast and crew of Hadestown accept the award for Best Musical onstage during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown was named Best Musical at The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards on June 9th winning in eight categories. Hadestown  won for Best Director for Rachel Chavkin, Best Score for Anaïs Mitchell, Best Scenic Design for Rachel Hauck, Best Lighting Design for Bradley King, Best Sound Design for Jessica Paz and Nevin Steinberg, and Best Orchestrations for Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose.

Hosted by James Corden, live from Radio City Music Hall and broadcast on the CBS Television Network, the ceremony honored the incredibly talented theatre professionals for their remarkable achievements on Broadway during the 2018-2019 season.

Rachel Hauck wins a Tony Award for Scenic Design of a Musical for Hadestown during the 2019 Tony Awards with Jewelle Blackman, John Krause, Cherie B. Tay, Malcolm Armwood, Ahmad Simmons, Kimberly Marable, Jessie Shelton, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes and Khaila Wilcoxon. Photo by Jenny Anderson, Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions
(L-R) Nevin Steinberg, Jessica Paz, Bradley King, Rachel Hauck, Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, 2019 Tony Award winners from HADESTOWN. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
The team from Hadestown (l-r) Producer Tom Kirdahy, Director Rachel Chavkin, Producer Dale Franzen, Creator Anais Mitchell, Producer Mara Isaacs, Producer Hunter Arnold and Producer Jordan Roth, winner of Best Musical. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Below is André’s photo diary of the night from Radio City Music Hall, the victory lap at The Plaza Hotel and the Hadestown party at The Times Square Edition.

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL JUNE 9, 2019 AT 6:30 P.M.

Tony nominee Camille A. Brown attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Antonio Vargas and 2019 Tony nominee Clint Ramos. Photo by Lia Chang
Jose Antonio Vargas, with 2019 Tony nominee Clint Ramos and his mother. Photo by Lia Chang
Hattie Winston with her husband, Harold Wheeler, winner of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
L-R: Marion Henderson, Samantha Wheeler, Hattie Winston, 2019 Tony Award Winner Harold Wheeler, Andrew Henderson, Lena Henderson, India Henderson. Photo by Lia Chang
Special Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb with his mother, Sharon Webb. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Bob Martin and Jen Bender. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally, winner of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Honor Recipient Michael McElroy, founder of Broadway Inspirational Voices and Schele Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and 2019 Tony nominee Beth Leavel. Photo by Lia Chang
Tony nominee Lilli Cooper with her mother, Tisa Farley. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony nominee Kenneth Lonergan and a guest. Photo by Lia Chang
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Urie and guests. Photo by Lia Chang
73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
American Theatre Wing Chairman David Henry Hwang
73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Lorenzo Thione congratulates 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows with André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown,” at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows with André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown,” at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown” and Harold Wheeler, winner of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows with André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown,” at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows, 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

THE PLAZA HOTEL, JUNE 10, 2019 AT MIDNIGHT

Vinie Burrows Special Tony Award recipient Jason Michael Webb, 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Lelund Durond Thompson. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck with her mother and Lisa Peterson. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and MOULIN ROUGE star Danny Berstein. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom Kirdahy and Terrence McNally, winner of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre at The Plaza Hotel on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck and Mara Isaacs. Photo by Lia Chang
Lisa Peterson, 2019 Tony Awards winner Rachel Hauck and Mara Isaacs, Danielle Mellman. Photo by Lia Chang
Eisa Davis, 2019 Tony nominee Dominique Morisseau and Saycon Sengbloh . Photo by Lia Chang
A guest, Eva Price, producer of the 2019 Tony Award winning Best Revival of a Musical for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Lisa Peterson and 2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Rachel Hauck. Photo by Lia Chang
Taylor Mac and Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Noah Hahn and his wife 2019 Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Todd Sickafoose and Ilana Umansky. Photo by Lia Chang
Kathryn Layng and American Theatre Wing Chair David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
Grace Hwang, Kathryn Layng and American Theatre Wing Chair David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony nominee David Neumann and his wife, Erica Sweany. Photo by Lia Chang
Hamish Bowles, Vinie Burrows and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Hamish Bowles, Vinie Burrows and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields with Paul Wontorek. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Vinie Burrows and Chris Jackson. Photo by Lia Chang
Kirsty Woodward and 2019 Tony nominee Damon Daunno. Photo by Lia Chang
Award winner André De Shields, Lelund Durond Thompson. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

THE TIMES SQUARE EDITION JUNE 10, 2019 at 2:15 A.M.

2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Vinie Burrows, Liza Streb Melamed and Ken Melamed. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony nominee Michael Strauss, 2019 Tony Award winners André De Shields and Rachel Chavkin, Jake Heinrichs. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winners Rachel Hauck and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and guests. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony nominee Eva Noblezada and Lorenzo Thione. Photo by Lia Chang

2019 Tony nominee Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

2019 Tony nominee Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, 2019 Tony nominee Eva Noblezada, Vinie Burrows and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Angie Noblezada and her daughter, 2019 Tony nominee Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and his mother, Marti Heil. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Beverly Edwards. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winners André De Shields and Mara Isaacs. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner Bradley King. Photo by Lia Chang
Tamilla Woodard. photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Danielle King and 2019 Tony Award winner Bradley King. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney with his mother, Marti Heil and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Cherie Tay. Photo by Lia Chang
Ken Melamed, Liza Streb Melamed and 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Aline Kovacs and Cherie Tay. Photo by Lia Chang
Aline Kovacs, 2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields, Cherie Tay. Photo by Lia Chang
Cody Owen Stine, a guest, Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Seth Mellman, 2019 Tony Award winner Mara Isaacs and Danielle Mellman. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winners André De Shields and Jessica Paz, Corrine Livingston. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson and 2019 Tony Award winner Todd Sickafoose. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Tony Award winner André De Shields and Vinie Burrows. Photo by Lia Chang
Vinie Burrows with André De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown.” Photo by Lia Chang

Video: HADESTOWN Star André De Shields Talks About the Shutdown and The Great White Way Then and Now with Mo Rocca on CBS SUNDAY MORNING

Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada and Anaïs Mitchell to Celebrate HADESTOWN Broadway Anniversary Via Livestream 

Photos and Video: The Cast of HADESTOWN Celebrates Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at NYTW Gala 

HADESTOWN Celebrates Release of Grammy Award-Nominated Cast Album with a Signing Event on the Walter Kerr Stage 

Inside the Opening Night Afterparty of HADESTOWN with André De Shields

Playbill: Hadestown Celebrates a Year on Broadway With This New Video

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

HADESTOWN Celebrates 2020 Grammy Award Nomination and 250th Performance on Broadway; Will Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® 
HADESTOWN and THE FERRYMAN Win Big at The Tony Awards; Photo Coverage of the Winners, Presenters and Performances 

HADESTOWN’s Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon Receive 2019 ACCA Awards for Outstanding Broadway Chorus

Tony Award Winner André De Shields Receives Actors’ Equity Foundation’s Richard Seff Award; Marylouise Burke, Sarah Stiles and Ephraim Sykes also honored 

48 Hours with Three-Time Tony Nominee André De Shields; HADESTOWN Awards Tally 

Inside the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Awards with HADESTOWN’s André De Shields, Amber Gray, Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin

Multimedia: André De Shields, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Preview of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN 

HADESTOWN’s Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons and Khaila Wilcoxon Receive 2019 ACCA Awards for Outstanding Broadway Chorus

Multimedia: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in Sneak Peek of Anaïs Mitchell’s HADESTOWN at The McKittrick Hotel 

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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