Jun. 12: The 2022 Tribeca Festival™ Storyteller Series: Cynthia Erivo: BACK TO BROADWAY with André De Shields

On Sunday, June 12 at 2:00pm, the 2022 Tribeca Festival™ Storyteller Series is presenting Tony winner Cynthia Erivo Goes Back to Broadway, an intimate conversation between Ms. Erivo and Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning star André De Shields as they discuss Broadway’s comeback, at The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios, 50 Varick St. in New York. The program will feature exclusive clips of a forthcoming documentary entitled Back to Broadway (TIME Studios) from director Jamila Ephron, which explores how issues of race, identity, and labor play out in the lives of the people responsible for making New York City the beacon for dreamers, artists, and tourists around the world.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.

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About the Tribeca Festival
The Tribeca Festival brings artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, VR, gaming, music, and online work. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is a platform for creative expression and immersive entertainment. Tribeca champions emerging and established voices; discovers award-winning filmmakers and creators; curates innovative experiences; and introduces new technology and ideas through premieres, exhibitions, talks, and live performances.

The Festival was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Tribeca will celebrate its 21st year from June 8–19, 2022.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

In a career spanning more than half a century, André De Shields has acquired a number of sobriquets, among them–“Broadway Deity,” “Professional Charmer” and “Papa Dré.” A showstopper at age 76, André was the triple-crown winner of the 2019 award season, garnering Tony, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Grammy Awards for his universally praised role as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. De Shields has also distinguished himself as director, philanthropist and educator. His defining theatrical performances include roles in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Play On! (Tony Award nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and the titular role in The Wiz. Currently, De Shields is experiencing growing pains as he prepares for his next adventure as Actor/Activist, eradicating the inauthentic while elevating the inexplicable. Ubuntu! www.andredeshields.com

André will return to Broadway on September 19 with Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke in the Young Vic/West end production of Death of a Salesman at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre.

He can currently be seen as Purple Presley in Season 3 of Apple TV+ HELPSTERS.

Mr. Primm and André De Shields in “Helpsters,” premiering globally May 27, 2022 on Apple TV+. Photo: Apple TV+

André recently celebrated National Honor Our LGBTQ Elders Day in Las Vegas with Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez.

Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez and André De Shields at The Barbershop at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on April 4, 2022. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez Celebrate National Honor Our LGBTQ Elders Day in Las Vegas

You can catch André on PBS, beginning Wednesday, June 4 in the TRUE COLORS LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs Concert with Maestro Luke Frazier’s American Pops Orchestra.

Jujubee, Peppermint, André De Shields, Chris Colfer, and Alexis Michelle. Photo by Lia Chang

On Monday, June 13, André will receive the Red Bull Theater’s Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at the REVELRY Benefit Gala.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

On Sunday, June 19, André will perform excerpts from his solo show, André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory for two performances only, at Flushing Town Hall.

André De Shields as Frederick Douglass in his 2021 performance at Flushing Town Hall (credit: Lia Chang)

This summer, André will star in a limited engagement of the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s When Playwrights Kill, July 26 through August 7, 2022 at The Bushnell’s Belding Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jeremy Jordan, Harriet Harris, and André De Shields star in Matthew Lombardo’s When Playwrights Kill, directed by Noah Himmelstein, at the Bushnell’s Belding Theatre.
(© Matthew Murphy / Lia Chang)

Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, André De Shields and Khris Davis to Begin Previews in the Limited Run of the Acclaimed Young Vic / West End Production of DEATH OF SALESMAN at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on Sept. 19 

André De Shields, Harriet Harris and Jeremy Jordan Set for the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL at The Bushnell’s Belding Theatre

André De Shields, Cynthia Nixon, Chris Colfer, Amy Schneider, Morgxn, Indigo Girls, Breanna Sinclairé, Drag Artists Peppermint, Alexis Michelle, Juju-bee and More Set for TRUE COLORS LGBTQ+ Our Stories, Our Songs with Maestro Luke Frazier’s American Pops Orchestra on PBS beginning June 4

Apple TV+ HELPSTERS Season Three adds André De Shields, Japanese Breakfast, James Monroe Iglehart, Bradley Cooper, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Alex Song-Xia and More

André De Shields and Miss Nevada Kataluna Enriquez Celebrate National Honor Our LGBTQ Elders Day in Las Vegas

Jun 13: André De Shields to Receive Red Bull Theater’s Matador Award for Achievement in Classical Theater at REVELRY Benefit Gala

Flushing Town Hall to Present the Masterful “André De Shields is Frederick Douglass: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” for Two Performances Only on Juneteenth

André De Shields, Harriet Harris and Jeremy Jordan Set for the World Premiere of Matthew Lombardo’s WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL at The Bushnell’s Belding Theatre

BWW Feature: The Best of 2021 Cabaret, Club, and Concert André De Shields: BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: A MUSICAL MEDITATION ON HOW NOT TO BE EATEN BY THE SPHINX Wins 2021 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award

Inside the 2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards with André De Shields, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Kristina Wong, La Chanze, Jaquel Spivey, Uzo Aduba, Sanaz Toossi, Matt Doyle, David Lindsay-Abaire and More

Lia Chang

LIA CHANG is a Chinese-American actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them. Lia moved to New York from her home in San Francisco when she was 17 years of age and made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet. She spent many years working extensively Off-Broadway, including Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago. Her film work includes Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. The decades of being viewed by others through the narrow lens of “Asian actor” in the industry brought Lia to a turning point, and she picked up her camera, determined to create awareness by documenting the work and the lives of her BIPOC colleagues, resulting in the creation of thousands of photographs and pieces of video. Her photo archives are housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room under “Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011” and in the “Lia Chang Photography Collection” in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library. Lia’s awards include the 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media and the 2022 Prospect Muse Award. She is also an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate, a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age, a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media, and a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. More recently, Lia co-founded Bev’s Girl Films, which makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. She executive produced and starred in the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). Lia is honored to have worked with Prospect Theater Company on a shared mission of lifting up BIPOC theater artists and creating a more diverse and inclusive musical theater canon. A retrospective of Lia’s photographs will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York later this year, documenting her BIPOC colleagues and contemporaries in the performing arts, which will include photos of Prospect Theater Company artists at work. www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com

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