Video: HADESTOWN Teams Up with the MLB for ‘Wait For Me’ and ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’

Hadestown and past and present Major League Baseball players have come together and released two exclusive videos in celebration of the start of Spring Training and Broadway’s eventual and inevitable return.

André De Shields and Josh Bell

The video of “Wait For Me” with new lyrics by Anaïs Mitchell featuring Steven Brault and Reeve Carney sharing the part of Orpheus and Josh Bell and Andre Dé Shields sharing the role of Hermes and the Hadestown Fates Jewelle BlackmanYvette Gonzalez-NacerKay Trinidad can be seen below!

 

Hadestown composer Anaïs Mitchell and cast members Grammy Award winner Reeve Carney, Tony Award winner Andre Dé Shields, Jewelle Blackman, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Kay Trinidad and the Hadestown band are joined by Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Steven Brault, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman and MLB All-Star Josh Bell, MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, New York Yankees legend and World Series Champion Bernie Williams, and MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Nick Swisher, and Sharon Robinson, daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Steven Brault and Reeve Carney

The collaboration was inspired by Brault’s album A Pitch at Broadway (www.stevenbraultalbum.com) which was released this spring and features some of the greatest songs from the top Broadway musicals including Hadestown anthem “Wait for Me.” When both baseball and Broadway were shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis, the teams got to work to celebrate these great American institutions and their devoted fans.

Steven Brault said, “I’ve always loved Broadway and when I heard that my cover of ‘Wait For Me’ had caught Anaïs’ attention, I was floored.”

André De Shields said, “Steven Brault made a pitch at Broadway, and I knocked it out of the park. It was a match made in heaven, or rather Hadestown, since we both have Damn Yankees on our résumés, he as the young Joe Hardy in a high school production, and I as Mr. Applegate in a regional one. I hope the fans have as much fun watching the videos as we had making them.”

Check out the video of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” featuring additional lyrics by Mitchell, orchestrations by Tony Award winner Todd Sickafoose and Hadestown music director Liam Robinson below.

 

Hadestown is the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter and Tony Award winner Anaïs Mitchell, developed with innovative director and Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin is the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Hadestown was preparing to mark its first anniversary on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street) when, on Thursday, March 12, the COVID-19 crisis forced the shutdown of all Broadway theaters. The Grammy Award-winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hadestown from Sing It Again Records is available on CD, vinyl and streaming. To date, the album has been streamed over 100M times.

Steven Brault, Kay Trinidad, Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Jewelle Blackman, André De Shields, Anais Mitchell and Reeve Carney.

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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 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