Queer/Art/Film Club: André De Shields will discuss CABIN IN THE SKY on Sept. 14

On Monday, September 14th, the Queer/Art/Film Club is presenting Tony, Emmy, Grammy winner and Hadestown Star André De Shields discussing Vincente Minnelli’s CABIN IN THE SKY (1943) via Zoom.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

This is the first discussion of Queer|Art|Film’s second “stay-at-home season”. Organized by curators Adam Baran and Heather Lynn Johnson, this season— titled Queer|Art|Film Club: There’s No Place Like Home— takes a close look at chosen family and notions of “home” during a time when America is forced to examine its atrocities against Black lives and the damaging effects of COVID-19. Adam Baran and Heather Lynn Johnson have curated a season of artists and performers who are boldly, creatively engaging with their communities through social media modalities and are reimagining connection through healing, personal acts of freedom, and cultural self-care.
Queer|Art|Film is presented with support by HBO.

RSVP TO THE DISCUSSION https://www.queer-art.org/rsvp-to-cabin-in-the-sky

Film still features American actors Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Kenneth Spencer, Lena Horne, and Rex Ingram in a scene from ‘Cabin in the Sky’ (directed by Vincente Minnelli), 1943. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

When Little Joe is killed by a rival gambler, the angels offer him a second chance. If he can change his sinful ways in six months, he’ll get a pass to enter the Promised Land. But Satan’s son won’t make it easy for Little Joe, placing Lena Horne and other temptations in his path. As the angel and devil battle for Joe’s soul, viewers are treated to showstopping performances by Horne, Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, and “Bubbles” aka John W. Sublett. For guest presenter André De Shields, viewing Vincente Minnelli’s musical at age nine led to an epiphany that set him on the path to becoming a celebrated Broadway icon in shows like THE WIZ, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN and HADESTOWN, for which he won the Tony Award in 2019. DeShields writes “While watching “Bubbles” strut through an incandescent performance of the race song “Shine,” I suffered a crucifixion of all of my senses. “Shine” has won me the audition for each of the three Tony nominated roles I’ve had the honorable pleasure of creating.CABIN IN THE SKY is a Queer film for reasons of racial and sexual stereotyping.”

Please note, because Queer|Art does not have the permissions to stream this film remotely, we recommend you watch CABIN IN THE SKY on your own in advance of this event.

Links to stream CABIN IN THE SKY, as well as the rest of the titles within this season of Queer|Art|Film, can be found here.

André De Shields on CABIN IN THE SKY

John William Sublett in “Porgy and Bess” (Photo: Vandamm/NYPL)

“At age nine, at a showing of CABIN IN THE SKY, I underwent the epiphany that would forever change my life. Directed by Vincent Minnelli, and featuring every world class Negro star of the 1940s–Ethel Waters, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Lena Horne, among many others, it was John W. Sublett, famously known as “Bubbles,” in the role of Domino Johnson, burned right through the celluloid. While watching “Bubbles” strut through an incandescent performance of the race song “Shine,” I suffered a crucifixion of all of my senses. “Shine” has won me the audition for each of the three Tony nominated roles I’ve had the honorable pleasure of creating. CABIN IN THE SKY is a Queer film for reasons of racial and sexual stereotyping.”

Poster illustrated by Eric Kostiuk Williams
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony A wards for best featured actor in a musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields 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. He received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August, 2019. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz , Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty one years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” and on The CW as Chubby in “Katy Keene.” De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. www.andredeshields.com/

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 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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