Broadwayworld: Video: André De Shields Talks 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award and More

September 13, 2019

Newsweek: Hadestown's André De Shields Talks Dragging Broadway 'Kicking and Screaming' Toward Diversity

September 20, 2019

New York Amsterdam News: André De Shields talks life, Hadestown

July 04, 2019

Billboard: Tony Nominee Spotlight: André De Shields Reflects on His 50-Year Career & Playing Hermes in Hadestown

June 08, 2019

The Fabulous Invalid Chats with André De Shields

May 16, 2019

New York Times: He Takes Us to the Underworld in Hadestown And We’re Glad to Go

May 16, 2019

The Daily Beast: Broadway Star André De Shields talks to Tim Teeman about ‘Hadestown,’ Tony Awards, Racism, #Sexuality, and Fulfilling His Parents’ Dreams

April 29, 2019

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Edge Media Network: 'Hadestown's' André De Shields: That Mature, Sexy Black Man in a Silver Suit

April 26, 2019

Puttin' On the Ritz with HADESTOWN's Star André De Shields

December 11, 2018

André De Shields is currently appearing as Hermes in The Royal National Theatre's production of Hadestown in the Olivier Theatre through January 26, 2019.

Podcast: André talks to Ed Tracy

August 17, 2016

On Broadway, André originated the title role in The Wiz and had long runs in Ain’t Misbehavin', Play On! and The Full Monty-- Broadway performances that have earned him two Tony Award nominations and five Drama Desk nominations.

A multiple Chicago Jeff Award recipient, most recently for his show-stopping performance in Jungle Book, André also received an Emmy Award for an NBC broadcast special on Ain’t Misbehavin’. During a break from rehearsals on August 15th, André De Shields talked about his show, an extraordinary 46-year career and what it is that keeps bringing him back to Chicago.

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WGNRadio interview w/ André

August 16, 2016

Broadway legend André De Shields: “My theatrical home is Chicago”

ShowbizChicago.com: Showbiz Nation Live! Interview with Broadway icon André De Shields

August 13, 2016

André opens up to Michael J. Roberts about his amazing career on Broadway and on the boards of Chicago, where his self penned Confessions of a P.I.M.P. makes a return visit to Victory Gardens Theatre. Confessions of a P.I.M.P. runs August 26, 27 at 8pm and August 28 at 7:30pm at Victory Gardens Theater, located at 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago Sun Times: AGE IS NO ISSUE WHEN YOU JUST ‘GOTTA DANCE’

December 08, 2015

The cast is a generation-spanning ethnic mix, with the “more mature” lineup including André De Shields, Stefanie Powers, Georgia Engel, Lillias White, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, and Nancy Ticotin. If a sneak peak of the show is any indication, Ticotin (an original member of Ballet Hispanico, and a member of the casts of  “Jerome Robbins’ Broadway” and “In the Heights”), might well steal the spotlight with her sensational dancing, partnered by a sexy “younger man,” Chicago native Alexander Aguilar.

TimeOutChicago: André De Shields as Ron in Gotta Dance

December 01, 2015

Jet Magazine: CATCHING UP WITH: THE WIZ André De Shields

November 29, 2015

 

 

24 Hours in Chicago with 'Gotta Dance' star André De Shields

November 12, 2015

 

 

With WGN-TV's Dean Richards

November 09, 2015

André De Shields talked to WGN-TV's Dean Richards about Gotta Dance, The Wiz and his award from the Theatre School at DePaul University on November 9, 2015.

 

Nwi.com: André De Shields set for theatrical homecoming

November 06, 2015

GOTTA DANCE stars André De Shields, Stefanie Powers, Lori Tan Chinn, Lillias White step out for ON YOUR FEET!

November 06, 2015

Photos and Video: Behind the Scenes with THE WIZ’s André De Shields at The Wiz is 40 at Summerstage 30

August 13, 2015

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WSJ: Actor André De Shields on His Self-Made Journey

April 07, 2015

Washington Blade: A lifetime on stage

February 26, 2015

The Baltimore Sun: Veteran actor André De Shields continues to draw on his Baltimore roots

February 24, 2015

Chicago Tribune: André De Shields' road to King Louie

July 17, 2013

New York Magazine: The Impressionist: André De Shields

March 22, 2009

Veteran of such musicals as Hair, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and The Full Monty, André De Shields is back on Broadway in Impressionism, in the small but crucial part of an African villager who gives photojournalist Jeremy Irons some excellent coffee. Shockingly fit at 63, in a tank top and leopard-print pants, he spoke with Boris Kachka after a rehearsal.

 

How did you come to get this part? 
I was cast because I am simultaneously a child and an adult. I don’t prepare for auditions the way many performers do. I go into the audition process claiming the gig. If I can be a little philosophical here, the universe always says “yes,” no exception.

 

Your last Broadway play, Prymate—in which you played a gorilla with AIDS—was universally panned. Do you regret that the universe said “yes” to that? 
People think it’s hard to get a job as an actor. It is, but harder than that is having the industry change its perception of you. The critical consensus was, “This is the worst play ever written. But André De Shields is a distinctive actor. This is something other than a singer and a dancer.” Well, yay, thank you.

 

In Impressionism, your character is a naïve but wise African villager. Isn’t that a bit of a colonial stereotype? 
Well, of course, because that’s all we’ve got. That’s why we are so morally bankrupt now, because we thought we were dealing with an immutable universal truth when all we were dealing with was a cultural and political trend that lasted maybe 2,000 years. And now that we’re at the end of it, we’re like, What are we going to do? We are so frightened of enlightenment. Do you think it’s just serendipitous that Hair is being revived on Broadway 40 years after we sang [sings a bit from “Aquarius”]? People haven’t gotten the message yet.

 

You have a pretty abstract way of approaching things. 
Yes, but it took 40 years to get there. As a young dreamer, I thought, There’s nothing better than theater as a way of life. But theater as a way of life is finite, result-oriented. If I may demonstrate. [Stands up, repeatedly bangs head against the wall.] There’s something wrong with this picture. Then it occurred to me: Theater as a way to life becomes infinite. You’re not result-oriented. That’s why I approach it, as you say, from a much more abstract paradigm.

 

Why haven’t you done more film work? Was that a choice? 
The metaphysical point of view is everything is a choice. I’m not ready to give up my heat, and film is a cold medium. And what I do would be laughably over-the-top in film. But when the time is right, Hollywood will grow and André will shrink and we’ll fit. I’m nowhere near hitting my stride.

 

 

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