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

Page Six: André De Shields talks being typecast as ‘the magical negro’

May 30, 2020

“Hadestown” star André De Shields, 74, waited a lifetime for the part.

“It wasn’t until ‘Hadestown’ that the request came to be smart, to be intelligent, to be a master of language, to be a griot, to be a storyteller, to be a keeper of faith . . . that’s what I’ve been looking for my entire career,” he told co-star T. Oliver Reid in a chat for media company Native Son. “No one has ever asked me to bring erudition to a role . . . I have for the longest time, with no real regrets, been the magical negro.”

BroadwayWorld: VIDEO: Tony-Winner André De Shields and Garth Kravits Cover 'Bring It On Home To Me

May 29, 2020

Forbes: Broadway Veterans Offer Master Classes During Quarantine for Bridge To Broadway

May 22, 2020

Participants included Tony Award winners such as AIan Menken Judith Light, Harvey Fierstein, Ali Stroker, Ben Vereen and André de Shields, plus a range of other actors, choreographers, composers, agents and casting directors.

DC Theatre Scene: Viral Monologues’ series “COVID AND INCARCERATION” hard truths, powerful telling

May 14, 2020

“We have a humanitarian crisis in prison that will blow up in our faces,” says André De Shields, speaking sonorously and looking grave in a clerical collar and a salt-and-pepper beard, as the character in Shakira Senghor’s play A Father’s Sorrow. It is one of the 15 new plays in “COVID and Incarceration,” a special edition this week of the 24 Hour Plays’ online Viral Monologues.

De Shields’ performance in A Father’s Sorrow is mesmerizing, all the more so because his character is based on playwright Senghor’s conversations with a man named Elder Qualls, who has a compelling true story of ongoing injustice to tell.

BroadwayWorld: André De Shields, Jelani Alladin and More Make An Impact With The 24 Hour Plays VIRAL MONOLOGUES

May 13, 2020

Video: Boston Conservatory at Berklee honored André De Shields and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Berklee College of Music honored Sheila E., John Legend, and Cassandra Wilson in a pair of virtual events on May 9

May 09, 2020

Broadwayworld: VIDEO: Boston Conservatory at Berklee Honors André Robin De Shields and Mikhail Baryshnikov

May 09, 2020

Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-Winning Actor and Hadestown Star André De Shields to Be Honored at Victory Gardens Theater Gala on October 24

April 28, 2020

Playbill.com: Hadestown Celebrates a Year on Broadway With This New Video

April 17, 2020

NYTimes.com: Why 'Hair' Has Endured

April 13, 2020

Members of the original casts of “Hair,” which played in various cities, including, from left: CHARLOTTE CROSSLEY, JAMES RADO, STAN SHAW, NATALIE MOSCO, LEATA GALLOWAY, DAVID PATRICK KELLY, MEAT LOAF, TED LANGE, DALE SOULES, ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS and MARJORIE LIPARI. Photographed at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York City on Feb. 7, 2020. Nicholas Calcott

New York Times: To Help Performers in Need, Funky Videos at Your Fingertips

March 23, 2020

By Jennifer Schuessler

The performer Taylor Mac and the playwright Suzan-Lori Parks have signed on to a video-sharing subscription service to raise money for New York colleagues in crisis

But now, a group of New York performers is offering a twist on the concept: a subscription-based service offering a steady stream of performance videos, with all the proceeds to benefit New York artists in need.

The Trickle Up, launched on Monday, aims to keep things simple. For $10 a month, subscribers have access to smartphone videos by participating artists. So far, an eclectic mix of more than 50 artists have signed on with a promise to make at least three videos each, including the puppeteer Basil Twist, the comedian Bridget Everett, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Annie Baker, the performance artist Penny Arcade, the directors Rachel Chavkin and Lear DeBessonet and the Tony-winning performer André de Shields (“Hadestown”).


The project is spearheaded by the playwright and performer Taylor Mac, who said he got the idea earlier this month when worries over the coronavirus mounted and he was figuring out how to, as he put it, “responsibly” close down his new play “The Fre,” which was in previews at the Flea in downtown Manhattan.

“One day, I overheard a woman in the lobby say she had three jobs yesterday, and no jobs today,” Mac said by telephone from the Berkshires. “I spent the first 35 years of my life living week to week, gig to gig. It’s just impossible for people to even buy groceries, to do basic things, with no stable income for a while, and then no income.”

In exchange for participating, Mac said, each performer will be able to designate an artist in need as a beneficiary. The goal is to get 10,000 subscribers, and depending on how things take off, continue even after the immediate crisis ends.

“We’ve all been canceled before, but none of us have all been canceled at the same time,” Mac said. “There’s some comfort in solidarity.”


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

March 23, 2020

Backstage Pass with Lia Chang: 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

March 10, 2020

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Broadwayworld.com: Photo Flash: André De Shields Brings OLD DAWG; NEW TRICKS To The Old School Square's Crest Theatre

March 10, 2020

Broadway.com​: Celebrating Black History Month: André De Shields​ Honors Vaudeville's 'Eminent Performer,' John 'Bubbles' Sublett

February 03, 2020

Broadwayworld Photo Flash: Tony Winner André De Shields Brings OLD DAWG; NEW TRICKS to Lincoln Center American Songbook Series

January 31, 2020

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