André De Shields as Principal Soloist of HADESTOWN Wins 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; Set to Perform Old Dawg; New Tricks in Appel Room on January 29

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

2019 Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winning Hadestown star André De Shields is now one award away from an EGOT.

Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang

The original Broadway cast recording of HADESTOWN won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards for Principal Soloists- Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page; producers Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Todd Sickafoose and Anais Mitchell (composer & lyricist). Click here to read more at Grammy.com.

1st Row: Malcolm Armwood and Amber Gray. 2nd Row: Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Khaila Wilcoxon, John Krause, Jessie Shelton, Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields. 3rd Row: Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Anaïs Mitchell, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Eva Noblezada. 4th Row: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Malcolm Armwood, Mara Isaacs, Patrick Page, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

De Shields was in rehearsal with his Old Dawg; New Tricks band at Carroll Studios in New York when he heard the news that he was now a Grammy winner.

André De Shields in rehearsal at Carroll Studios in New York on January 26, 2020. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is his congratulatory message for his Hadestown family.

Old Dawg; New Tricks is his Lincoln Center American Songbook series debut concert which takes place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 on the Appel Stage (10 Columbus Circle).

“The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing,” advised André De Shields upon accepting the 2019 Tony Award for his portrayal as Hermes in Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown. And keep climbing he does. At the age of 73, De Shields was the triple crown winner of the 2019 award season (also securing an Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award along with his Tony).

Tony Award Winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently 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 r received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August. 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 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”. www.andredeshields.com

André De Shields can currently be seen on Netflix as the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”.

With profound wit, elegance, and charm, this silky veteran of the stage proves why his star is still on the rise.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

De Shields will be joined by

The American Songbook series celebrates the expansive scope and intricacy of the popular music canon and will include lauded singer-songwriters, groundbreaking composers, storytellers speaking truth to power, experimental vocalists, and multitalented performers whose artistic breadth reflects the far-reaching perspectives and experiences of the essential American Songbook.

Click here for tickets and more information on the series.

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season. The new musical has received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

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 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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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TCG Has Announced the Co-Chairs of 2020 GALA: OUR STORIES Honoring David Henry Hwang and the National Black Theatre Festival at The Edison Ballroom on February 3

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, has shared the co-chair and host committee list of the 2020 TCG Gala: Our Stories, which will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 at The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036. The Gala will honor the National Black Theatre Festival, David Henry Hwang, and TCG’s arts advocacy at the federal level.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The list of co-chairs and host committee members, most of whom will be in attendance, includes: Stephen C. Byrd, Chair; Oskar Eustis, Chair; Alia Jones-Harvey, Chair; Rick Miramontez, Chair; May Adrales; Jackie Alexander; Asian American Arts Alliance; André De Shields; Snehal Desai; Michael Dinwiddie and Vincent Parham; Kamilah Forbes; GFP Real Estate; Nambi E. Kelley; James Lapine; Sade Lythcott, Jonathan McCrory, Brian Stokes Mitchell; Dominique Morisseau; Lynn Nottage; Disney Theatrical Productions; Leigh Silverman; Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin; Julie Taymor; and Jeanine Tesori.

The 2019 National Black Theatre Festival Official Portrait. Photo by Lia Chang

A 6:00pm cocktail reception will be followed by a 7:00pm seated dinner, with entertainment beginning at 7:20pm. Additional speakers and programming will be announced soon. To learn more about the 2020 TCG Gala, and the programming it supports, visit TCG.org/Events/Gala or email Gala@tcg.org. Please email Corinna Schulenburg at cschulenburg@tcg.org for press reservations. To purchase tickets, go to www.TCGgala.org.

“We’re grateful that so many luminaries from the commercial and not-for-profit theatre have lent their support to TCG’s Gala” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “It’s a reminder that when we advocate at the federal level on critical issues such as protecting wireless technology and visas for International Artists, we impact not just not-for-profit theatres, but the sector as a whole.”

“I am so grateful to TCG for its commitment to instilling a passion for advocacy among its members, and specifically how it has nurtured that passion in me,” said Jonathan Moscone, chief producer, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. “As cultural workers, we have a responsibility to advocate not only for our field, but to use our creative power to advocate for a better world.”

TCG is the primary advocate for the not-for-profit professional theatre in the United States. TCG represents the theatre field both in Washington, D.C., and nationally, to provide timely information for theatres and theatre artists on federal legislation, regulations, and other significant government opportunities and issues. TCG focuses its advocacy in five major areas: 1) increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts; 2) increased funding for arts education within the U.S. Department of Education; 3) favorable tax treatment of not-for-profit arts organizations and charitable contributions; 4) working toward improved cultural exchange by improving visa processing for artists from abroad and increasing funding and 5) White Space – protecting wireless microphones from interference.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL
The National Black Theatre Festival® (NBTF) is a program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NC Black Rep). Presented every odd numbered year, the festival hosts upwards of 120 performances, attracts upwards of 65,000 visitors to Winston-Salem, and has contributed over $230 million dollars to the Winston-Salem economy since its inception in 1989. Founded in 1979 by Larry Leon Hamlin, NC Black Rep was the first professional Black theatre company in North Carolina. NC Black Rep’s mission is to engage, enrich, and entertain with innovative programming that resonates across the community and challenges social perceptions. The Company is universally recognized for its artistic and administrative achievements and its international outreach program, the NBTF.

ABOUT David Henry Hwang
David Henry Hwang’s stage work includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards. He co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and worked for four seasons as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series “The Affair.” Hwang serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing. M. Butterfly recently returned to Broadway in a revival directed by Julie Taymor, which marked his eighth Broadway production. East West Players has named its mainstage the David Henry Hwang Theatre and recent honors include his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Hwang was a Residency One playwright from 2012-14 at New York’s Signature Theatre. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered in May 2018 at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles where it won 6 Ovation Awards, including Best New Production, and enjoyed a successful run in Fall 2019 at The Public Theater.

ABOUT TCG’S “OUR STORIES” GALA
TCG’s annual Our Stories Gala supports vital programs and services for the theatre community. The 2019 Gala honored arts philanthropist and Chairman Emerita, Ingram Industries Inc. Martha R. Ingram; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner; and Broadway press agent and President of DKC/O&M Rick Miramontez. The evening’s programming, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, included special performances from Eva Maria Noblezada and Patrick Page (Hadestown), Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!), Beth Malone, and Nico Muhly. Past honorees at the TCG annual gala-now in its eighth year- include actor Brian Dennehy, director Kenny Leon, playwright Lynn Nottage, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, theatrical producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey, set designer Ming Cho Lee, lighting designer Jules Fisher, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, producers Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Judith O. Rubin, and the creators of War Paint (Scott Frankel, Michael Greif, Michael Korie, and Doug Wright).

Theatre Communications Group Will Honor David Henry Hwang and National Black Theatre Festival at 2020 Gala on February 3 

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 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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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

The Tony Award winning and Grammy nominated cast of Hadestown donated a special matinee performance at The Walter Kerr Theatre on January 10 to The Actors Fund.


André De Shields, Bebe Neuwirth, Chris Calkins, David Jennings and Dawnn Lewis. Photo by Lia Chang

The Actors Fund has been providing welfare programs to entertainment professionals for over 130 years. The non-profit offers its members health services, affordable housing, financial guidance, and more. Tony Award winner André De Shields who turns 74 today and can currently be seen as the Alegebra Tutor in “John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch” on Netflix, gave props to the organization in his curtain speech and shared how he had personally benefited from the services they provided in his time of need. Below is video by Cherie B. Tay of his speech.

After the performance, Bebe Neuwirth, TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL’s Dawnn Lewis and David Jennings, ALADDIN’s Arielle Jacobs, Romain Frugé and more visited with cast after the performance.

Liam Robinson, Chris Calkins, André De Shields, Bebe Neuwirth, Eva Noblezada, David Jennings, Dawnn Lewis and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown, penned by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, weaves two famous myths: that of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of the rulers of the Underworld, Hades and Persephone.

Bebe Neuwirth and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast features Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page as Hades, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray as Persephone, and Tony Award winner André De Shields as Hermes.They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Anthony Chatmon II, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, and Kimberly Marable. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.This year the production was nominated for 14 Tony awards, winning eight, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for De Shields.

André De Shields and Romain Frugé. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season having just been nominated for the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The new musical has received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Liam Robinson, Joe Benincasa and Chris Calkins. Photo by Lia Chang
Natalie Caruncho, Arielle Jacobs, André De Shields, Yvette Gozalez-Nacer and J.J. Caruncho. Photo by Lia Chang
Chris Calkins, Amber Gray, Bebe Neuwirth, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, David Jennings, Dawnn Lewis and Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Dylan-Cole Passman, Bebe Neuwirth and Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang
Chris Calkins, David Jennings, Bebe Neuwirth, Jewelle Blackman, Dawnn Lewis and Kay Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, Lia Chang and André De Shields. Photo by Brandon

Photo Flash: Bebe Neuwirth, Arielle Jacobs, Dawnn Lewis, David Jennings and More Attend HADESTOWN Actors Fund Performance

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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, Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

André De Shields, Amber Gray, Patrick Page, Ana Gasteyer, Josh Groban, Taylor Mac and More to Celebrate Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on February 3

Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

NYTW Usual Suspect & Tony Award-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Three Pianos at NYTW) and Tony Award-winning producer Jordan Roth (Producer of Hadestown; President of Jujamcyn Theaters) will be honored at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on Monday, February 3 at Capitale (130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013).

Rachel Chavkin and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Performers and presenters will include Tony Award nominee Josh Groban (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812); Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan (Othello, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”); Tony Award nominee Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field); Tony Award nominee Taylor Mac (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus); Tony Award winner André De Shields (Hadestown), Tony Award nominee Amber Gray (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Tony Award nominee Patrick Page (Hadestown) & members of the cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown; Tony Award nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Three Pianos); Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom); The Bengsons (Hundred Days) & more.

The evening’s program will be directed by Kevin Cahoon (“Glow,” The Nerd), scripted by Josh Koenigsberg (“Orange is the New Black”) and feature musical direction by William Shuler (Pippin National Tour). The live auction will be conducted by Robbie Gordy.

Rachel Chavkin received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org) whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including The National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with The National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer’s Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily’s Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy, with whom she is working on an upcoming adaptation of Moby Dick (A.R.T. December 2019). Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.

Jordan Roth is recognized as a style influencer and talented creator. As President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Jordan champions shows that push the boundaries of Broadway and creates uniquely welcoming experiences for audiences and artists. He has won five Tony Awards, including Hadestown (2019 Best Musical); Angels in America (2018 Best Revival of a Play), which broke records as the most Tony-nominated play in Broadway history; Kinky Boots (2013 Best Musical); Clybourne Park (2012 Best Play) and Hair (2009 Best Revival of a Musical).

The NYTW Annual Gala raises nearly 10% of the Off-Broadway company’s annual budget. Funds raised at this one-night-only event help NYTW to mount five world class productions each season and to share them with more than 50,000 audience members. Proceeds also support NYTW’s Artist Workshop activities through which nearly 2,000 artists develop more than 80 projects each year and their Education Initiatives including Learning Workshop, Mind the Gap, and Public Programs that serve over 1,600 students of all ages.

Event tickets begin at $1,250 with tables starting at $12,500 and can be purchased at www.nytw.org or by calling 212-780-9037. Please note that the schedule for the evening is subject to change. The Gala will be chaired by Diana DiMenna, Mara Isaacs, Susan Peterson Kennedy, James L. Nederlander, Nick Scandalios, Philip J. Smith, Brian Vollmer and Robert E. Wankel.

Currently in performances at NYTW is the World Premiere of Sing Street, a new musical based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney (Once, Begin Again). Sing Street features a book by Tony Award winner & NYTW Usual Suspect Enda Walsh (Once, Lazarus), music and lyrics by Gary Clark (frontman of Danny Wilson) & Carney, direction by Tony Award winner & NYTW Usual Suspect Rebecca Taichman (Indecent) and choreography by Obie Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Hundred Days). Sing Street opened on December 16, 2019 and is playing an extended run through January 26, 2020.

The New York Theatre Workshop 2019/20 season will continue with Endlings, written by Celine Song (Tom & Eliza) and directed by Sammi Cannold (Evita at City Center). Endlings will begin performances on February 19, 2020 with an opening night set for March 9, for a limited run through March 29, 2020. Following Endlings will be Sanctuary City, written by Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (Cost of Living, queens) and directed by Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke). Sanctuary City will begin previews on March 4, 2020 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street), and is set to open on March 24, for a limited run through April 12, 2020.

The season will conclude with a new production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters directed by Tony Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Sam Gold (Othello) featuring Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and Golden Globe Award winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Season memberships are available at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475.

NYTW is currently represented on Broadway by Hadestown, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, written by Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin, currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre; and Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Robert O’Hara, playing at the Golden Theatre through January 19, 2020.

New York Theatre Workshop empowers visionary theatre-makers and brings their work to adventurous audiences through productions, artist workshops and educational programs. We nurture pioneering new writers alongside powerhouse playwrights, engage inimitable genre-shaping directors, and support emerging artists in the earliest days of their careers. We’ve mounted over 150 productions from artists whose work has shaped our very idea of what theatre can be, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent; Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul; Doug Wright’s Quills; Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde; Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla; Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus; Will Power’s The Seven and Fetch Clay, Make Man; Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number and Love and Information; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath; Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher; Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová and Enda Walsh’s Once; David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s Lazarus; Dael Orlandersmith’s The Gimmick and Forever; and eight acclaimed productions directed by Ivo van Hove. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, 25 Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards.

HADESTOWN Performance to Benefit The Actors Fund on January 10

Hadestown, the recipient of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical, will have an additional performance on Friday, January 10 at 2:00 pm at The Walter Kerr Theatre to benefit The Actors Fund.

1st Row: Malcolm Armwood and Amber Gray. 2nd Row: Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Khaila Wilcoxon, John Krause, Jessie Shelton, Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields. 3rd Row: Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, Anaïs Mitchell, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Eva Noblezada. 4th Row: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Malcolm Armwood, Mara Isaacs, Patrick Page, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

All proceeds from the performance will go towards the non-profit organization. Each year, multiple Broadway companies donate a performance to The Actors Fund. For tickets and more information, visit ActorsFund.org.

The Actors Fund has been providing welfare programs to entertainment professionals for over 130 years. The non-profit offers its members health services, affordable housing, financial guidance, and more.

Hadestown, penned by Anaïs Mitchell and directed by Rachel Chavkin, weaves two famous myths: that of young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of the rulers of the Underworld, Hades and Persephone.

Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast features Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Eurydice, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page as Hades, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray as Persephone, and Tony Award winner André De Shields as Hermes.They are joined by Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, and Kay Trinidad as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Anthony Chatmon II, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, and Kimberly Marable. The full cast also includes swings Malcolm Armwood, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, and Khaila Wilcoxon.This year the production was nominated for 14 Tony awards, winning eight, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for De Shields.

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season having just been nominated for the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The new musical has received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

The cast and creative team of Hadetown recently hosted a special post-show sign event celebrating the release of their Grammy Award-nominated cast album on vinyl and CD on stage at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York after the performance on December 12.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2020 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

André De Shields, David Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford and More Attend “John Mulaney and The Sack Lunch Bunch” NY Premiere; Launches on Netflix on December 24

Netflix is a Joke held the New York premiere screening of “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” at The Metrograph in New York City on December 16, 2019. The musical special’s creator and star John Mulaney was in attendance alongside The Sack Lunch Bunch children, guest stars David Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford, and André De Shields and special guests Mike Birbiglia and Nick Kroll.

1st Row: Tyler Bourke, Oriah Elgrabli, Lexi Perkel, Orson Hong, Linder Sutton, Isabella Iannelli 2nd Row: Jacob Laval, André De Shields, Camille de la Cruz, John Mulaney, Suri Marrero, Ava Briglia, Zell Steele Morrow, Cordelia Commando, Jonah Mussolino, Alexander Bello attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets. The result: “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”.

Jacob Laval, David Byrne and Lexi Perkel attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

“I’m John Mulaney and I am a 37 year old man. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8-13 who are more talented than me. In this special, we are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Hadestown star and Tony Award Winner André De Shields, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, Shereen Pimentel, Richard Kind, and Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie Zodiac. The result is a collage of Broadway caliber showstoppers, comedy sketches for all ages, meditations on the unknown from children and adults, and a papier mache volcano. It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious, and surprisingly profound.”

“John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch” is directed by Rhys Thomas (Documentary Now, SNL, John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid). The special launches globally on Netflix on December 24, 2019. Check out the photos from the premiere below.

Lia Chang and André De Shields attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Allison Posner
André De Shields and The Sack Lunch Bunch kids Camille de la Cruz, Isabella Iannelli, Orson Hong, Linder Sutton, Oriah Elgrabli, Ava Briglia, Cordelia Commando attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields attends the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields attends the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Eli Bolin attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Eli Bolin and André De Shields attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Eli Bolin, Allison Posner and André De Shields attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Phil Nee, Erin Quill, Lia Chang and André De Shields attend the John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch NY Special Screening at The Metrograph on December 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Bryan Bedder

Check out the trailer below and tune in to Netflix on December 24.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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

1st Row: Malcolm Armwood and Amber Gray. 2nd Row: Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Khaila Wilcoxon, John Krause, Jessie Shelton, Rachel Chavkin, André De Shields. 3rd Row: Jewelle Blackman, Hunter Arnold, Kay Trinidad, Anaïs Mitchell, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Eva Noblezada. 4th Row: Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, Malcolm Armwood, Mara Isaacs, Patrick Page, Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast and creative team of Hadetown hosted a special post-show sign event celebrating the release of their Grammy Award-nominated cast album on vinyl and CD on stage at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York after the performance on December 12.

Lucky lottery winners. Photo by Lia Chang

Fans who won the lottery lined up outside the theater and were serenaded by Anaïs Mitchell, Director Rachel Chavkin, Music Director Liam Robinson and cast members Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Tony Award nominee Amber Gray, Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, Tony Award nominee Patrick Page, Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad,
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Timothy Hughes, John Krause, Kimberly Marable, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Ahmad Simmons (original cast member), and Khaila Wilcoxon. The signing event was hosted by Christine of ALT 92.3.

Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 season having just been nominated for the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The new musical has received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin and Liam Robinson. Photo by Lia Chang

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

Timothy Hughes, Kay Trinidad, Amber Gray, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, John Kraus and Jewelle Blackman. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang
T. Oliver Reid, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer and Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, André De Shields, Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
T. Oliver Reid, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad and Timothy Hughes. Photo by Lia Chang
Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad and Jewelle Blackman. Photo by Lia Chang
T. Oliver Reid, Khaila Wilcoxon and Malcolm Armwood. Photo by Lia Chang
John Krause and Jessie Shelton. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang
Timothy Hughes, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad and Jewelle Blackman. Photo by Lia Chang
Kimberly Marable and Afra Hines. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Timothy Hughes and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer. Photo by Lia Chang
Ahmad Simmons, Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney. Photo by Lia Chang
Patrick Page. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang
Amber Gray, André De Shields and Eva Noblezada. Photo by Lia Chang
Rachel Chavkin and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Amber Gray and Sharif Afifi. Photo by Lia Chang
Anaïs Mitchell and Mara Isaacs. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Sharif Afifi. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Ahmad Simmons and T. Oliver Reid. Photo by Lia Chang
Timothy Hughes, Amber Gray, André De Shields, Sharif Afifi. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Sharif Afifi. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and T. Oliver Reid. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

André De Shields, Erin Quill, Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver, Randi Driscoll, Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas, Lexi Lawson, Natalie Joy Johnson, Jesse JP Johnson, Haviland Stillwell, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Julie Garnyé and More in Scott Nevins’ SPARKLE Benefit Concert at The Green Room 42 

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The annual holiday extravaganza SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returned to New York City on December 1 for its 8th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. 

Scott Nevins and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Phil Coiro, Scott Nevins, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash and Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang

Hosted and produced by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo’s “The People’s Couch”), SPARKLE took place at The Green Room 42 (570 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY). 2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’) was this year’s special guest to read Twas the Night Before Christmas, but when Music Director Brian Nash started to play “So You Wanted to Meet The Wizard”, De Shields surprised the audience with the song. The evening featured Grammy Award Winner Nathan Lee Graham, Chris Weaver (“The Voice”), Singer/Songwriter Randi Driscoll, Multi-MAC Award Winner Natalie Douglas, Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Lexi Lawson (Hamilton), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Jesse JP Johnson (SpongeBob, Wicked), Haviland Stillwell (Les Miserables, Fiddler), Kevin Smith Kirkwood (Kinky Boots), Erin Quill (Avenue Q original Broadway company) and Julie Garnyé (Come From Away), accompanied by backup vocalists Chase Kamata, Melody Madarasz and Marissa Rosen, Music Director and Arranger Brian Nash on piano, Phil Coiro on drums and Sean Murphy on bass.

Check out the set list below:

Front Row: Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, André De Shields, Julie Garnyé. Back Row: Lexi Lawson, Natalie Douglas, Erin Quill, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Haviland Stillwell, Natalie Joy Johnson, Randi Driscoll, Marty Thomas, Scott Nevins, Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash. Photo by Lia Chang
Brian Nash, Phil Coiro, Sean Murphy. Photo by Lia Chang

Set List:

“Christmas (baby, please come home)”

Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen

Brian Nash, Marissa Rosen, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang
Marissa Rosen, Phil Coiro, Melody Madarasz, Chase Kamata, Sean Murphy. Photo by Lia Chang

Jesse J.P. Johnson – “This Christmas”

Jesse J.P. Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Haviland Stillwell – “Santa Baby”

Haviland Stillwell. Photo by Lia Chang

Lexi Lawson – “This Christmas Song”

Lexi Lawson. Photo by Lia Chang

Marissa Rosen – “Run Run Rudolph”

Marissa Rosen. Photo by Lia Chang

Randi Driscoll – “Hard Candy Christmas”

Randi Driscoll, Melody Madarasz, Marissa Rosen, Chase Kamata. Photo by Lia Chang.

Erin Quill – “Hanukkah in Santa Monica”

Erin Quill. Photo by Lia Chang

Julie Garnyé – “Coventry Carol” in “O Holy Night”

Julie Garnyé. Photo by Lia Chang

Andre De Shields – “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” and “Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Brian Nash and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Marty Thomas – “What Christmas Means to Me My Love”

Marty Thomas. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Joy Johnson – “Merry Christmas, Darling”

Natalie Joy Johnson. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Douglas – “”Children, Go where I Send You”

Natalie Douglas. Photo by Lia Chang

Natalie Douglas. Photo by Lia Chang

Nathan Lee Graham – “White Christmas”

Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang
Nathan Lee Graham. Photo by Lia Chang

Chris Weaver – “Mary Did You Know?”

Chris Weaver. Photo by Lia Chang

Kevin Smith Kirkwood and Company – “Joy To The World”

Kevin Smith Kirkwood. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and company. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood and company. Photo by Lia Chang

Haviland Stillwell – “All I Want for Christmas is You….”

Haviland Stillwell and Company. Photo by Lia Chang
The Full Company. Photo by Lia Chang
Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Chris Weaver, Erin Quill, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Julie Garnyé, Chase Kamata, Marissa Rosen, Haviland Stillwell, Randi Driscoll, Melody Madarasz, Marty Thomas, Natalie Douglas, Scott Nevins. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT began when TV personality and host Scott Nevins had the desire to present a “small holiday concert” in Palm Springs, CA to help raise funds for a worthy organization. The event was an instant hit, quickly moving to a much larger venue, and earning 4 consecutive sold-out years as the holiday musical event of the season in the desert. Nevins then expanded on the idea by producing very successful all-star versions of the show in New York City and Los Angeles, both benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund. Sparkle has featured a remarkable cast of the industry’s most legendary and iconic performers like Carol Channing, Harvey Fierstein, Mitzi Gaynor, Florence Henderson, Richard Kind, Lorna Luft, Loni Anderson, Richard Simmons (in his last public appearance), and Jo Ann Worley, along with some of today’s biggest and brightest from TV, Theatre and Film such as Tony Award winners Billy Porter, Melba Moore and Lillias White, Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess, Tony Award nominees Daisy Eagan, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Robin De Jesus, Norm Lewis, Max von Essen, Constantine Maroulis and Bobby Steggert, Emmy Award winner & recording artist Liz Callaway plus Bobbie Eakes, Lea Thompson, Nick Adams, Erich Bergen, Christina Bianco, Emerson Collins, Wilson Cruz, Matt Doyle, Ilene Graff, Blake McIver, Sharon McNight, Anthony Rapp, Jai Rodriguez, The Skivvies, Shayna Steele, Marty Thomas, columnist & TV personality Perez Hilton, and many more!

Daniel Dunlow and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

THE ACTORS FUND is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit actorsfund.org.

Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: Inside Scott Nevins’ SPARKLE Benefit Concert At The Green Room 42

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Emmy and Tony Award Winning HADESTOWN Star André De Shields Performs “Old Dawg; New Tricks” in Lincoln Center’s AMERICAN SONGBOOK Series on the Appel Stage on January 29

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

2019 Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winning Hadestown star André De Shields will perform on the Appel Stage (10 Columbus Circle) in a new original show, Old Dawg; New Tricks on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm as part of Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series, now in it’s 21st year. Click here for tickets.

The series celebrates the expansive scope and intricacy of the popular music canon from January 22 – February 29, 2020, and will include lauded singer-songwriters, groundbreaking composers, storytellers speaking truth to power, experimental vocalists, and multitalented performers whose artistic breadth reflects the far-reaching perspectives and experiences of the essential American Songbook.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

“The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing,” advised André De Shields upon accepting the 2019 Tony Award for his portrayal as Hermes in Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown. And keep climbing he does. At the age of 73, De Shields was the triple crown winner of the 2019 award season (also securing an Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award along with his Tony).

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently 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 r received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August. 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 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. www.andredeshields.com

Tony Award Winner André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

With profound wit, elegance, and charm, this silky veteran of the stage proves why his star is still on the rise.

Click here for tickets and more information on the series.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2019 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

Multimedia: André De Shields, Philip Pearlstein and Sandra DiPasqua Receive Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards

Director Jack O’Brien and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Three-time Tony Award winning Director Jack O’Brien presented Actor André De Shields, who celebrated the 50th year of his acting career in 2019 by scoring his first Tony Award, for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Hermes in Hadestown, with the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award at Encore Ovation – A Celebration of Aging Through Art at Sardi’s on November 18. O’Brien directed De Shields in The Full Monty and Impression on Broadway.

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 as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater from The York Theatre and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On!, andThe Full Monty. In a career spanning fifty 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. On August 19 of this year, His Honor Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young presented him with the Key to the City of his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. www.andredeshields.com

This inaugural event’s honorary chairs included Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, of The Shubert Organization, who were presented with the 2019 Father George Moore Community Impact Award.

Robert J. Wankel, Bob Wankel, President of the Shubert Organization accepted the 2019 Father George Moore Community Impact Award. Photo by Lia Chang

The co-chairs of are producer and Encore Board Chair Lori Raimondo, artist Kendall Messick and playwright/producer Paul Lucas.

André De Shields is flanked by Encore Board member Kendall Messick and TRANS SCRIPTS Playwright and Producer Paul Lucas, co-chairs of Encore Ovation. Photo by Lia Chang

Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 emceed the evening’s festivities. The evening included cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres and featured artwork and entertainment by talented aging New Yorkers who are members of Encore’s community.

Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Encore honored several New Yorkers whose illustrious careers in the arts have already spanned decades even as they continue to reach new artistic heights, push boundaries and inspire others. The other recipients of the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award included Philip Pearlstein, an American painter widely regarded as one the greatest figurative artists of the last century. His work is displayed in over 70 museums around in the world and at age 95, he still paints in his studio regularly; and Creative Director Sandra DiPasqua, who has also been volunteering her time and talents to the Encore Senior Center for over 10 years, leading its successful and therapeutic Writer’s Group.

2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award recipients André De Shields, Sandra DiPasqua and Philip Pearlstein. Photo by Lia Chang
2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award recipients André De Shields, Sandra DiPasqua, Philip Pearlstein with Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan. Photo by Lia Chang

Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi opened the evening with “I’m Still Here”. Ms. Sanders received the 2018 Bistro Award for Consummate Cabaret Artistry the same year that Mr. De Shields received the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. Encore Senior Center Members Sandra Rodriguez, Nancy Simpson, Peter Gallinari were among the artists who also performed.

Marta Sanders and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Encore’s goal is to deepen and expand its arts programming to combat social isolation and other risks that cause serious health problems, which can land seniors in the hospital or in long-term care facilities, deterring them from aging successfully in place. Research shows that music, theater, dance, visual arts, creative writing and other participatory arts improve older adults’ quality of life and well-being.

André De Shields and his Sardi’s caricature. Photo by Lia Chang

Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore was founded in 1977 by Father George Moore, the pastor of St. Malachy’s Church. He, along with Sisters Elizabeth Hasslet and Lillian McNamara, and members of the Broadway community (including The Shubert Organization, Sardi’s and the theatrical unions) turned the old Actor’s Chapel in the basement of St. Malachy’s into the Encore Senior Center, where it still thrives today.

Father Moore was a dynamic and charismatic leader, a tireless champion for the homeless and elderly, as well as an integral part of the Broadway community. He received an honorary Tony-Award posthumously (in 1991), for his visionary work, his dedication to the arts and his commitment to the people of the Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen and Broadway communities.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Local 798 Business Rep Daniel Dashman and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Natasha and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Board member Kendall Messick, co-chair of Encore Ovation and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Frank Lazarto, Chairman of the board of trustees for Local 1, Robert Score, Recording Correspondent secretary for Local 1 and Encore Board member, André De Shields and Michael Caffrey, Administrative Secretary of Local 1. Photo by Lia Chang
Antonio Roberto, LGBT Center and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Board member Julius Lang and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Community Services’ Gigi Verkaik and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Bradley King and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan. Photo by Lia Chang
Encore Senior member Sandra Rodriguez performed Ain’t Misbehavin’. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Jack O’Brien. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields receives the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award from his THE FULL MONTY AND IMPRESSIONISM director Jack O’Brien. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Encore Community Services
Since 1977, Encore has provided seniors in the midtown Times Square/Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen communities of New York City with a range of caring and quality services to help them live independent and dignified lives. For this reason, Encore has earned the reputation as “Broadway’s Longest Running Act of Loving Care.”

The mission of Encore Community Services is to provide care and service to any elderly person who needs us; to assist those who are vulnerable and frail, poor and homeless, homebound and lonely, frequently-desperate, most-often ignored; to help them with their daily needs so that they might live as independently as possible, with dignity and decency, in a non-institutional manner, in a safe and caring environment. We believe we are all part of the human family and have an obligation to love one another. By nurturing, respecting and enabling, Encore hopes to improve the quality of an older person’s life, using an approach that emanates from the core of Encore’s commitment: We believe that what we do comes from the heart, and the heart is the center of all. www.encorenyc.org

Lia Chang and André De Shields

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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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