Video: Senator Brad Hoylman Declares April 8 ‘André De Shields Appreciation Day’

Tom D’Angora, Senator Brad Hoylman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Senator Brad Hoylman surprised Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning Hadestown star André De Shields with a Senate Proclamation on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 proclaiming the day “André De Shields Appreciation Day”. The surprise proclamation was arranged by producer Tom D’Angora to honor the extensive charity work and activism, along with the public appearances, Mr. De Shields has done for the community this year. In addition, the proclamation also recognizes André’s extensive body of work on stage and screen.

Mr. De Shields was unaware that he was being honored. He was surprised with his proclamation while filming for the virtual production of The Musical of Musicals to benefit the York Theatre, which is his most recent charitable endeavor with Tom and Michael D’Angora.

Tom D’Angora, André De Shields, Michael D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang

Senator Hoylman delivered the proclamation “on set” at The West Bank Café, a restaurant Mr. De Shields helped save with the D’Angoras in the winter.

Michael D’Angora, Tom D’Angora, Senator Brad Hoylman, André De Shields, and West Bank Cafe’s Janet Momjian and Steve Olsen. Photo by Lia Chang

While accepting his proclamation from Senator Hoylman, the legendary De Shields said, “Senator Hoylman, you have masterfully achieved a trifecta of miracles today. By causing my mother to kick up her heels in heaven, she wanted to be a dancer, she didn’t make it. I did it in her stead. By causing my father to sing “Hallelujah” in heaven, he wanted to be a singer, he didn’t make it. I did it in his stead. The third miracle, that you made happen today, is to see a black man blush in public. Thank you so much. This day could not have been a better surprise.” Watch below:

Tom D’Angora, Senator Brad Hoylman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In the upcoming fundraiser to benefit The York Theatre, André De Shields will be joined by Christy Altomare, Betty Buckley, Colleen Ballinger, Richard Kind, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Jose Llana, Kelvin Moon Loh, Patti LuPone, Telly Leung, Lesli Margherita, Andrea McArdle, Donna Murphy, Brad Oscar, Christine Pedi, Randy Rainbow, Jelani Remy, Chita Rivera, Soara-Joye Ross, Jackie Sanders, Ethan Slater, Michael West, Lillias White and more.

Senator Brad Hoylman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The evening will also feature special appearances by Matthew Broderick, Lewis Black, Giancarlo Esposito, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, Mercedes Ruehl, and remarks from Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tom D’Angora, Senator Brad Hoylman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) premieres on Sunday evening, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM at and will be available to view through April 22, 2021. Donations may be made by visiting

Tom D’Angora, Senator Brad Hoylman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Tom D’Angora, André De Shields, Michael D’Angora and West Bank Cafe’s Steve Olsen. Photo by Lia Chang

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André De Shields, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Jose Llana, Chita Rivera,Telly Leung, Lillias White, Kelvin Moon Loh, Jane Krakowski, Matthew Broderick, Donna Murphy, Giancarlo Esposito and More to Star in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) to Benefit The York Theatre Company 

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. 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. 

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