Jan. 5-17, 2021: Tony, Grammy and Emmy Winner André De Shields to Revisit HAARLEM NOCTURNE with Crossroads Theatre Company

Crossroads Theatre Company is revisiting Haarlem Nocturne, conceived and co-written by André De Shields with book co-writer Murray Horwitz, January 5-17, 2021. De Shields stars in this musical revue that pays homage to Harlem’s golden age nightclubs. Excerpts from this production will be interspersed with his reflections on direction, creative choice making, and the challenges of wearing many hats and not just for costume purposes.

Actor, singer, director, and singular creative force André De Shields has shot to stardom with 21st century audiences on the wings of Hermes, the god he portrays in the Tony Award winning musical Hadestown. While it was this impressive role that landed Mr. De Shields his first Tony Award and Grammy Award, he has in fact played substantial roles in making some of the biggest Broadway shows a success. From originating the roles of The Wiz in The Wiz and Horse in The Full Monty, to appearing in the original Broadway production of the musical revue Ain’t Misbehavin’, to countless other appearances, Mr. De Shields has left a lasting legacy that only continues to grow.

André De Shields. Photo by Kenn Duncan
Ellia English, Debra Byrd and Freida Williams with André De Shields at the Latin Quarter in “Haarlem Nocturne.” Photo by Kenn Duncan

While Broadway currently claims his talents, Crossroads audiences have long been delighted by Mr. De Shields on countless occasions. It is one of these productions – a show called Haarlem Nocturne in which he not only starred, but created and directed – that Mr. De Shields will focus on in a glorious revisitation of his creativity. While we wait for spring to come again, don’t miss this opportunity for a veritable master class in artistry, professionalism, and the inimitable class act that is André De Shields.

1984 Publicity Photo of “Haarlem Nocturne” -Marc Shaiman, Debra Byrd, Freida Williams, André De Shields and Ellia English. Photo by Kenn Duncan
1984 Publicity Photo of “Haarlem Nocturne” – Freida Williams, André De Shields, Ellia English and Debra Byrd. Photo by Kenn Duncan
1984 Publicity Photo of “Haarlem Nocturne” -Debra Byrd,André De Shields, Ellia English and Freida Williams. Photo by Kenn Duncan

For more information on Crossroads Theatre Company’s 2020-2021 season, please visit www.crossroadstheatrecompany.org.

Tony Award Winner 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 Awards 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. In 2020, Mr. De Shields received the 2020 AUDELCO for Lifetime Achievement, the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown and an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In 2019, he received 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. His film and TV projects include Anton Ego in Ratatouille: The TikTok Tok Musical, the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”  on Netflix, Chubby in “Katy Keene” on the CW,  and as Wyndham on “Almost Family.”  He can next be seen as Gavin Plimsoll in Charles Busch’s  new film, The Sixth Reel. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. andredeshields.com

Crossroads Theatre Company is dedicated to creating and producing work that tells the stories of African Americans and all people of color in America and around the world in a positive, honest portrayal. The underlying mission forging the foundation of all Crossroads work is a spirit of understanding and communion at the crossroads of cultures. Founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson, Crossroads has received nation-wide recognition for its work and was the recipient of the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

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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