André De Shields celebrates 5 decades as a theater artist this year and at the age of 73 he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his role as Hermes in Anais Mitchell's HADESTOWN, currently playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre. 

On January 29, 2020, André returns to his cabaret roots in "Old Dawgs New Tricks" in Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series at 8:30pm. Click here for tickets.

The Baltimore native recently received a Key to the City and a Mayoral Salute from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in the Rotunda at Baltimore City Hall, two months after taking home his first Tony Award.

André shared his 3 cardinal rules for sustainability and longevity in the arts during his acceptance speech: 

1. Surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming.

2. Slowly is the fastest way to get to where you want to be.

3. The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing.

The show won in 8 categories including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Score, Best Orchestrations, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Set Design. This is his 3rd nomination. He was previously nominated for PLAY ON and THE FULL MONTY.


André received the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and the Actors' Equity Foundation's 2019 Richard Seff Award. Other recent accolades include inaugural Harlem Week Pride 50 Award, a Certificate of Recognition from the New York City Mayor's Office, the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award,  the 2019 Joyce Worshow Lifetime Achievement Award from SAGE, the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre and was recently inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame.  Click here for tickets.

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Dallas Theater Center, William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." André De Shields is Prospero. Photo by Elizabeth Mikel.

theundefeated.com: André De Shields of ‘Hadestown’ knows you’re never too old to reach for an EGOT

November 20, 2019

Broadwayworld.com: David Byrne, Andre De Shields, & Annaleigh Ashford Join John Mulaney's New Musical Netflix Special

November 20, 2019

Hadestown, Ain't Too Proud Musical, Moulin Rouge The Musical, OKLAHOMA! and THE MUSIC OF Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Receive Grammy Nominations for ‘Best Musical Theater Album’

November 20, 2019

Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada & Patrick Page, principal soloists; Mara Isaacs, David Lai, Anaïs Mitchell & Todd Sickafoose, producers (Anaïs Mitchell, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

American Theatre: André De Shields, Theatre God

November 19, 2019

THe Broadway veteran, still kicking in ‘Hadestown,’ has blazed a path so that others may follow.

Photos by Chad Griffith

André De Shields and Riki Kane Larimer Honored at The York Theatre Company’s 28th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala

November 18, 2019

On Wisconsin: The One and Only André De Shields

November 05, 2019

The Tony–winning Broadway star forged his artistic identity at UW–Madison.

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

October 30, 2019

Hadestown star André De Shields, Leslie Jordan and Stacey Friedman Honored at SAGE Awards and Gala; Event Raised $1.5 Million Dollars for #LGBTElders

October 25, 2019

Playbill: SAGE Gala, Honoring André De Shields, Raises $1.5 Million for LGBTQ+ Elders

October 22, 2019

Multimedia: Hadestown Star André Robin De Shields Receives 2019 Project1voice Lifetime Achievement Award at The Theatermakers Black Theater Preview at the Schomburg

October 09, 2019

Inside the Opening Night of Slave Play with André De Shields

October 08, 2019

Apple's CEO Tim Cook Goes Way Down to HADESTOWN

September 23, 2019

Multimedia: Memoji Karaoke with HADESTOWN Star and 2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields at Reopening of Apple Fifth Avenue

September 21, 2019

Hadestown to Release Cast Album on CD and Vinyl in November

September 19, 2019

Tony and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Serves as Grand Marshal of Baltimore's 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue Cadillac Auto Parade

September 09, 2019

Multimedia: Tony and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Receives Key to the City of Baltimore and is Honored by Arena Players, Inc. and Central Scholarship

August 22, 2019

Multimedia: Tony and Emmy Award Winner André De Shields Receives Key to the City of Baltimore and is Honored by Arena Players, Inc. and Central Scholarship https://wp.me/p8ilTC-4Am

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