Theater legend André De Shields dropped into our podcast ahead of his Feinstein’s/54 Below show for a conversation about coming of age during the age of Aquarius, why he took on the monumental role of King Lear for the second time, and how destiny led him to his Tony-winning role in Hadestown. A showstopper at the age of 75, De Shields was the triple-crown winner of the 2019 award season, garnering Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for his universally praised role as the messenger to the gods, Hermes, in Hadestown. In an illustrious career that has spanned more than half a century, he has distinguished himself as an actor, director, and educator. His notable theatrical appearances include roles in the original Broadway productions of The Full Monty (Tony Award® nomination), Play On! (Tony Award® nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award) and the title role in The Wiz.In 2020, he received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the 2020 AUDELCO for Lifetime Achievement and the 2020 Red Bull Theater Matador Award for Excellence in Classical Theater. 2019 honors include The Actors’ Equity Foundation Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year, the Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, and The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, among others. He was also inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. 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.For tickets to André's show at Feinstein's/54 Below, visit: https://54below.com/events/andre-de-shields/.Photo of Mr. De Shields by Lia Chang.CreditsThe Feinstein’s/54 Below podcast is hosted by Nella Vera, Kevin Ferguson, and Grace Benigni and produced by Bailey Everett and Michael Galvez, with support from the Feinstein’s/54 Below marketing staff.Original artwork design by Philip Romano.Follow Nella on Twitter and Instagram at @spinstripes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
“Slowly Is the Fastest Way to Get to Where You Want to Be” with André De Shields
70 Over 70
Betty Goedhart tells the story of how a trip to the circus changed her life at age 78. Then Max talks with André De Shields about winning his first Tony Award at age 73 and why that milestone could not have come any sooner than it did. --Know someone who should be on 70 Over 70? We’re looking for all types of stories and people to feature at the top of the show. To nominate yourself or someone else, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-659-7070 and tell us your name, age, where you’re from and what you want to talk about.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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. In a career spanning fifty-one 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. He can next be seen as Gavin Plimsoll in Charles Busch’s new film, The Sixth Reel.
In this episode, Jose talks to Tony winner André De Shields. The legendary performing activist talks about his upcoming performance as Frederick Douglass in Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. The piece is part of Flushing Town Hall's Black History Trilogy, a celebration of Black History Month.During the conversation, De Shields speaks about the clash of evolution and history, and his role as a messenger. He also talks about the circularity of history and the spirits of the theatre. It's a delightful talk emboldened by De Shields' charm and wisdom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
André De Shields on "Ratatouille: The Musical" and becoming your most authentic self in 2021
The CBS Mornings Podcast
In this episode, join me as I take a look at a lifetime of achievements and performances from Broadway legend, André De Shields. Music: https://www.purple-planet.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/gabe-moses/support
This fine performer -- Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Wiz, Hadestown -- notes that Shakespeare has much to say about our times, including “Macbeth is seen as a great killing machine,” alluding to the virus, the police, or the president. We find the metaphors we need. Our first episode made with Broadway on Demand, the video version can be seen – seen! – on their site beginning 9/14 and heard on ours immediately and on the radio any minute now.
André de Shields: Black Lives Matter, Hadestown, and more!
Finding Matt Damon
In our 13th episode, we talked to stage and screen legend, André de Shields. We discussed André's phenomenal career, including his start in The Wiz and his recent Tony-winning performance in Hadestown. We also talked with him about the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality and racial inequality, and the recent murder of George Floyd. Following the recording of this episode police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot Jacob Blake seven times. He is still fighting for his life. If you would like to donate to the fund his family set up, or the Milwaukee Freedom fund, which is supporting protestors in Kenosha by paying bail funds and providing legal assistance, you can do so here:Justice for Jacob Blake GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/justiceforjacobblakeMilwaukee Freedom Fund: https://supportwomenshealth.salsalabs.org/mkefreedomfund/index.html