André De Shields, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sheila E., John Legend, Cassandra Wilson to Receive Honorary Doctorates on May 9

Mikhail Baryshnikov and André De Shields will receive honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Sheila E., John Legend, and Cassandra Wilson will receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music. Images by Peter Baryshnikov and Lia Chang.
Mikhail Baryshnikov and André De Shields will receive honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Sheila E., John Legend, and Cassandra Wilson will receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music. Images by Peter Baryshnikov and Lia Chang.

Five of the most influential artists in the performing arts will receive honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee in virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9. Mikhail Baryshnikov and André De Shields will receive honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from the Conservatory, and Sheila E., John Legend, and Cassandra Wilson will receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the College.

This year’s honorary doctorate recipients will be recognized for their numerous achievements in the arts as well as their enduring contributions to the cultural fabric of America and the world. Past recipients from the College include Duke Ellington (the first, in 1971), Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones ’51, Wang Leehom ’99, Juan Luis Guerra ’82, Missy Elliott, Esperanza Spalding B.M. ’05, Rita Moreno, Justin Timberlake, and A. R. Rahman. Past recipients from the Conservatory include Sutton Foster, Leontyne Price, Betty Buckley, Debbie Allen, Nicholas Paleologos, Barbara Cook, Billy Porter, Victoria Livengood (M.M. ’85, voice), and Mary Rogers.

From their remote locations around the world, a group of student performers representing the College and Conservatory class of 2020 will unite as a collaborative virtual ensemble to record a multigenre tribute to the honorees, with accompanying split-screen-style videos. The prerecorded tribute will air on Friday, May 8, on the Berklee YouTube channel, and the ceremonies will be streamed on Berklee social media channels the following day.

In addition, when circumstances allow, the institution will host in-person ceremonies and receptions on campus in the fall semester: one for each of the three college divisions, one for the conservatory, and one for Berklee Online graduates.

Tony Award Winner André De Shields, Boston Conservatory at Berklee honoree. 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. Prior to his Tony Award win, De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’, Play On!, and The Full Monty. In a career spanning 50 years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the eighth 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 a 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for sustained excellence of performance. In 2019, De Shields received the key to the city of his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young; the inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award; the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award; the Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGE; the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre; and an induction into the American Theater Hall of Fame. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Boston Conservatory at Berklee honoree
Image by Peter Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov is considered one of the greatest dancers of our time. After commencing a spectacular career with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad, he settled in New York City in 1974 as principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 1978, he joined New York City Ballet, where he worked with George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. A year later he was appointed artistic director of ABT where, for the next decade, he introduced a new generation of dancers and choreographers. From 1990 to 2002, Baryshnikov was director and dancer of the White Oak Dance Project, which he and choreographer Mark Morris cofounded to expand the repertoire and visibility of American modern dance. As an actor he has performed widely on- and off-Broadway, as well as in television and film, receiving a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Metamorphosis, and an Academy Award nomination for The Turning Point. He recently toured Brodsky/Baryshnikov, a theatrical solo work directed by Latvian director Alvis Hermanis. In 2005, he launched Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) in New York City, a creative space designed to support multidisciplinary artists from around the globe. Among Baryshnikov’s many awards are the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, the Commonwealth Award, the Chubb Fellowship, the Jerome Robbins Award, and the Vilcek Award. In 2010, he was given the rank of Officer of the French Legion of Honor, and in 2017 he received Japan’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award in Theatre/Film. Current projects include NOT ONCE., a cinematic installation developed in collaboration with Jan Fabre and Phil Griffin, and a second theatrical production directed by Hermanis, The White Helicopter, which premiered November 2019 at the New Riga Theatre.

Sheila E., Berklee College of Music honoree Image courtesy of the artist

Guided by family, faith, and music, Sheila Escovedo has made a name for herself as one of the most talented artists over the past five decades. An acclaimed percussionist, singer, author, and actress, Escovedo has released eight studio albums, two of which reached RIAA gold status. She has received four Grammy Award nominations, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for the program In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina, and has reached no. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart twice. Her producing, arranging, and performance talents can be seen from appearances on the Grammys, Academy Awards, Latin Grammys, BET Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, Summer Olympics, and NAACP Image Awards. Her collaborations with the likes of Prince, Hans Zimmer, John Rich, Gary Clark Jr., and the iconic E Family Band showcase her versatility, performing across a variety of musical genres. Escovedo’s eagerness to share her music, her openness as an author, and her fire for her ministry make her a relatable, inspirational figure for people of all ages.

John Legend, Berklee College of Music honoree Image courtesy of the artist

Multiplatinum artist and producer John Legend has garnered 11 Grammys, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Tony Award, and an Emmy, making Legend the first African American man to earn the elusive EGOT status. Since 2004, Legend has released six acclaimed albums. Legend executive produced and starred in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special, and a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series, Movie, or Variety Special. He joined NBC’s The Voice for season 16 in 2019, where he won with his mentee Maelyn Jarmon, and is currently a coach for season 18. Legend is a partner in Get Lifted Film Co., serving as an executive producer for Southern RitesUnited Skates, WGN America’s Underground, and films Southside with You and La La Land. As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FreeAmerica campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding the United States’s misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration.

Cassandra Wilson, Berklee College of Music honoree Image courtesy of the artist

Cassandra Wilson is an iconic jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. She is heralded for incorporating blues, country, and folk music into her work, expanding the genre of jazz. In the 1980s, she met saxophonist Steve Coleman in New York and became one of the founding members of the M-Base Collective. She signed with Blue Note Records in 1992 and released the landmark album Blue Light ‘Til Dawn, paving the way for a new generation of jazz singers seeking an approach and repertoire that challenged the supremacy of the American standard songbook. Her accolades include two Grammy Awards, a Django d’Or, an Edison Jazz Award, and a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. She performed on Wynton Marsalis’s Blood on the Fields, the first jazz work to receive the Pulitzer Prize. In 2015, Wilson joined forces with the prestigious Legacy Recordings, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Her latest project, Coming Forth by Day, was released on the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth, April 7, 2015. Wilson has launched the website Really Cassandra Radio to develop a more direct relationship with her audience; a section of the site, Secret Garden, is designed for listeners to access music from her published and unpublished catalogue, including selections from her upcoming work, Jupiter Rising.

André de Shields, Taylor Mac, Rachel Chavkin, Mia Katigbak, Clint Ramos, Lynn Nottage, Dominique Morisseau and More Launch THE TRICKLE UP to Aid Artists Loss of Income Due to Covid-19

Tony-nominee Taylor Mac, Hadestown Tony-winners Rachel Chavkin and André De Shields, Tony-winner Lisa Kron, playwrights Lynn Nottage and Lucas Hnath, costume designer Clint Ramos and a group of over 50 other New York City artists-including Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and OBIE Award winners spanning numerous disciplines-have launched The Trickle Up, a subscription video service to help artists hurt from the COVID-19 shutdown.

The new grassroots subscription video platform enlists New York artists in helping other New York artists living below the poverty line, who are suffering from lost income, by sharing work on the platform.

Broadway playwright, Taylor Mac has recorded several segments including a reading of Mac’s recent Tony-nominated play Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus.

Mac explains, “The Trickle Up is a network where you would see stuff you would never otherwise get to see. When else are you going to see the playwright read their entire play?” The artists aim to begin the project as a grassroots effort among New York artists-who themselves represent various corners of the country and world-and see if and how it might expand to artists elsewhere from there.

Mac says, “I was at a theater and overheard somebody in the lobby say that yesterday she had three jobs and today she had zero jobs. This was a person living week-to-week already, and on my way home, I thought, ‘how is she going to survive, and what can we do to help someone in this position?’ As so many of us are people who currently or historically have lived below the poverty line, we know how hard it is to do basic things like buy groceries, and also we know how much a big lump sum like $10,000 can change your life. My first grant was $7,000 from the Peter S. Reed Foundation and was thanks to another artist, Elizabeth Swados, putting my name on the list of recipients. At the time I had no money and was racing to pay basic necessities. Getting that grant changed everything. Our hope is that we can do the same for an unprecedented number of artists. Both in this time of heightened need and moving forward. Every year.”

An openness and flair for casual invention characterizes the videos the organizers have called for, with the option for artists to use a smartphone to film anything including readings of portions cut from a play; displays of new designs; performances of new songs or dances; or of any of the presumably many things that recently got canceled amidst this crisis.

The site launches today, Monday, March 23, with videos streaming here and aims to engage 10,000 subscribers paying $10 a month in order to raise $10,000 each for 120 different artists in need. Further funds raised through the service will help additional artists.

Participating artists include Penny Arcade (performance artist), Annie Baker (playwright), Sharon Bridgforth (playwright/poet), Rachel Chavkin (theatre-maker), Lisa D’Amour (playwright), Helga Davis (performer), Machine Dazzle (designer), Lear DeBessonett (theatre-maker), Ty Dafoe (actor), Andre De Shields (performer), Viva DeConcini (musician), Kristoffer Diaz (playwright), Faye Driscoll (choreographer), Anastasia Durasova (makeup designer), Bridget Everett (comedienne/singer), Greg Glassman (musician), Lucas Hnath (playwright), Marika Hughes (musician), Mia Katigbak (theatre-maker), Lisa Kron (playwright), Jeyn Levison and Joshua Waletzky (Yiddish culturalists), Bianca Leigh (actress), Dana Lyn (musician), Taylor Mac (theatre-maker), Ellen Maddow (theatre-maker) , Kristin Marting (theatre-maker), Dirty Martini (burlesque performer), Dominique Morisseau (performer/playwright), Miguel Gutierrez (choreographer), Lynn Nottage (playwright), Diana Oh (playwright/ performer), Suzan-Lori Parks (playwright/musician), Annie-B Parson (choreographer/theatre-maker), Clint Ramos (designer), Sarah Ruhl (playwright/poet), Peggy Shaw (theatre maker), Sxip Shirey (composer/musician), Niegel Smith (theatre maker), Lloyd Suh (playwright), Darrel Thorne (designer/club performer), Tigger! (actor/burlesque performer), Liesl Tommy (director), Adrienne Truscott (performance artist), Basil Twist (puppeteer), Paula Vogel (playwright), Ann Washburn (playwright), Lois Weaver (theatre-maker), Weirdos.TV (performance artist), and Paul Zimet (theatre-maker). These donating artists, and any others who join in the cause in the future, will select recipients of the $10,000 commissions.

In addition to these artists, 20 promotional partners have joined the cause: Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Beth Morrison Projects, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea Theater, HERE Arts Center, HowlRound, The Lark, Ma-Yi Theater Company, MAP Fund, NAATCO, New Dramatists, New Georges, New Ohio Theatre, On the Boards, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Peoplmovr, The Play Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Times Square Arts.

Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Set for The Broadway Concert Series Presented by Vi at Aventura on March 11

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

Triple crown winner of the 2019 Broadway Awards Season André De Shields joins The Broadway Concert Series Presented by Vi at Aventura at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on Wednesday, March 11 at 8 p.m.

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets are $50-$55, $75 VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call 954.660.6307. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura.

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

The Hadestown star will perform his theatrical concert, OLD DAWG: NEW TRICKS, which premiered in the Lincoln Center American Songbook Concert Series, and will be joined on stage by TheRhinestoneRockStarBoogieWoogieDollBabies: Freida Williams and Marlène Danielle on vocals, and the New Tricks: Music Director Liam Robinson (Piano, Conductor, Vocal Arrangements), Dan Rieser (Drums) Brad Jones (Bass). The show features two original compositions written by Mr. De Shields, Smile and L-O-V-E.

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. De Shields was the triple crown winner of the 2019 award season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Award 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 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album, 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 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.”

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 330-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages.

Freida Williams, André De Shields, Marlène Danielle. Photo by Lia Chang
Brad Jones, André De Shields, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
Brad Jones, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, 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, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Brad Jones, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, Dan Rieser, Freida Williams, André De Shields, Marlène Danielle, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, Freida Williams, André De Shields, Brad Jones, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang

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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 which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. 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

Tony, Grammy and Emmy Winner André De Shields Brings OLD DAWG; NEW TRICKS to the Broadway Cabaret Series at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre

Old School Square’s Crest Theatre in Delray, Beach, Fl. Photo by Lia Chang

In its 24th season and presented in association with Mark Keller/Keller Monash Productions, the Broadway Cabaret series is presenting Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields on March 9th and 10th at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre in Delray Beach, Fl. Scroll down for photos from the first of two performances of Old Dawg; New Tricks, the Hadestown star’s autobiographical theatrical concert.

The Book of Jelly. Photo by Lia Chang

He was joined on stage by TheRhinestoneRockStarBoogieWoogieDollBabies: Freida Williams and Marlène Danielle on vocals, and the New Tricks: Music Director Liam Robinson (Piano, Conductor, Vocal Arrangements), Dan Rieser (Drums) Brad Jones (Bass). Larry Spivack and Todd Sickafoose served as Orchestrators. The show features two original compositions written by Mr. De Shields, Smile and L-O-V-E.

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

Mr. De Shields was the triple crown winner of the 2019 award season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk Award 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 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album, 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 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.”

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang

Tickets can be purchased through the Crest Theatre Box Office by calling 561.243.7922, ext. 1, emailing mail to: BoxOffice@oldschool.org or stopping by in person at 51 N. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. VIP & Premium tickets include post-show reception with performers; VIP Table siting also includes 1 complimentary drink and table service. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 10AM – 5PM. Click here for tickets.

André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Brad Jones, Freida Williams, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, Brad Jones, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, Brad Jones, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Brad Jones, André De Shields, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
Freida Williams, André De Shields, Marlène Danielle. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, André De Shields, Brad Jones, Freida Williams, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
Liam Robinson, Freida Williams, André De Shields, Brad Jones, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Keller and André De Shields Photo by Lia Chang
Marlène Danielle, André De Shields, Freida Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Mark Keller, Freida Williams, André De Shields, Avery Sommers, Marlène Danielle, Dan Rieser, Brad Jones. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields, Lia Chang. Photo by Marlene Bernouy-Knight

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 which will be screened at the inaugural San Francisco Chinatown Community Film Festival at Clarion Performing Arts Center on March 22. 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

Photos and Video: The Cast of HADESTOWN Celebrates Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth at NYTW Gala

Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

Congratulation to 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), who were honored at New York Theatre Workshop’s 2020 Gala on February 3 at Capitale in New York.

Jordan Roth, André De Shields, Khaila Wilcoxon, Kimberly Marable, Dana Lyn, Kay Trinidad, Rachel Chavkin, Ben Perowsky, Malcolm Armwood, Afra Hines, Jessie Shelton, Rachel Hauck, Liam Robinson, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Brian Drye. Photo by Lia Chang

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), Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney & members of the cast and band of the Tony Award-winning musical Hadestown kicked off the evening’s festivities singing “Way Down Hadestown”. Check out the video below for excerpts of the performance.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields and the company of HADESTOWN. Photo by Lia Chang
Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Khaila Wilcoxon, Brian Drye, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Afra Hines and Malcolm Armwood. Photo by Lia Chang

Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”) served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Other performers and presenters included 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 nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Three Pianos); Obie Award winner Heather Christian (Animal Wisdom); The Bengsons (Hundred Days).

Dave Malloy, Rachel Chavkin and Amber Gray. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Josh Groban, Denée Benton and Rachel Chavkin. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Mara Isaacs, André De Shields, Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

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).

Rachel Chavkin and Jordan Roth. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

Jordan Roth and his MOULIN ROUGE family Catherine Zuber, Sonya Tayeh, Sahr Ngaujah, Alex Timbers. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang. Photo by Malcolm Armwood

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

Red Bull Theater to Honor André De Shields, Kate Burton and TDF With Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater on March 30

Jesse Berger – Red Bull Theater Founder and Artistic Director, Jim Bredeson – Red Bull Managing Director, and the Board of Trustees of Red Bull Theater have announced that the Twelfth Annual Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit on Monday March 30th will celebrate the company’s 17th Season and honor Kate Burton, André De Shields, and Theatre Development Fund with the 2020 Matador Awards for Excellence in Classical Theater. Proceeds from the evening will support all of Red Bull Theater’s programs including its upcoming Off-Broadway production of The Alchemist.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

“The entire organization is thrilled to celebrate this year’s honorees who have made their mark on the Classical Theater. Kate Burton… transcendent. André De Shields… illustrious. The Theatre Development Fund… essential. Burton and De Shields have created iconic interpretations of some of Shakespeare’s greatest roles and the Theatre Development Fund, through its various programs, support Red Bull Theater’s mission to share great classic stories in many ways. All three of this year’s honorees are icons of the American theater and we’re pleased to honor them with Matador Awards at our singular gala event,” said Mr. Bredeson.

André De Shields and Charlayne Woodard. Photo by Lia Chang

This unforgettable evening of fun and frolic will be hosted by Obie Award-winner Charlayne Woodard (Ryan Murphy’s “Pose,” The Witch of Edmonton for Red Bull Theater, “Daddy,” Hamlet, In the Blood); Arnie Burton (currently appearing in Timon of Athens for the RSC/TFANA; other NY credits include The Government Inspector, The 39 Steps, Machinal, Peter and the Starcatcher); and Stephen DeRosa (The Government Inspector, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, On the Town, Hairspray, Henry IV, Into the Woods). The evening will feature a bevy of surprises and special guests, fine dining, and live entertainment as Red Bull Theater celebrates another successful season. This intimate soiree will be held at the chic Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery at East 3rd Street).

Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievement in the Classical Theater. Previous honorees have included Oscar Isaac, Patrick Stewart, Fund for the City of New York, Lynn Redgrave, Lily Rabe, Martha Plimpton, Condola Rashad, Liev Schreiber, Hamish Linklater, George Forbes, Olympia Dukakis, the American Theatre Wing, Jack O’Brien, Michael Kahn, and Daniel Sullivan.

This year Red Bull Theater will honor:

Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater

Kate Burton
The daughter of two celebrated Shakespearean actors, Kate has played Viola, Juliet, Desdemona, and Isabella. Her performances in both Coriolanus and Cymbeline for Shakespeare in the Park were uniformly praised, and in 2018 she was lauded for her Prospera in The Tempest for The Old Globe. A three-time Tony and Emmy Award nominee, she was last seen on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. On television, she is best known for her work in “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater

André De Shields

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).

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 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album, 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”. He has received praise for his classical work, including King Lear at Classical Theater of Harlem and Red Bull’s own The Witch of Edmonton.

George Mayer Matador Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater

Theatre Development Fund (TDF)
TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Executive Director Victoria Bailey will accept the award.

Running of the Red Bulls is Red Bull Theater’s most significant annual fundraising event. Matador Awards for Excellence are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievements in the Classical Theater.

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) and many 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.

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.

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.

How to Livestream André De Shields in his Lincoln Center American Songbook Series Concert, Old Dawg; New Tricks tonight at 8:15 pm

Live From Lincoln Center will livestream four intimate performances as part of Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series. Viewers at home can watch live performances from Broadway veteran André De Shields, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as her drag alter ego Blythely Oratonio, Folk-rock legends Cowboy Junkies, and celebrated composer-lyricist Joe Iconis. Directors of these Live From Lincoln Center livestreams are Howard Heller and Tristan Cook.

Old Dawg; New Tricks is André De Shields’ Lincoln Center American Songbook series debut concert on the Appel Stage (10 Columbus Circle). Click here to livestream the concert tonight at 8:15pm.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Hadestown won the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and as a principal soloist, the 2019 Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winner is  now one award away from an EGOT.

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.

“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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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