If anyone deserves a special award from critics, it’s De Shields. Nobody moves with such elegance, silkiness and charisma. The 73-year-old lifting one finger on a note in a dance number is more powerful than a hundred chorus girls tapping their brains out in “42nd Street.”


The three-time Tony nominee won raves in “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” in 1978, was brilliant in “The Full Monty” and is sensational in “Hadestown.” -Michael Riedel, New York Post

"André De Shields is a Broadway Deity." - New York Magazine

"André De Shields, who plays Hermes, is a national treasure." -Rollo Romig, The New Yorker

"André De Shields is a treasure. Dressed in a sharkskin suit, he leads us along with all the charisma and purpose of a Mardi Gras guide, with both joy and a hint of, if not malice, then pragmatism." -Deadline

"Hermes the messenger god, played sublimely by Andre De Shields, the very epitome of cool…He’s completely spellbinding, with hints of mischief and mystery. There’s so much style in everything he does." - Tim Bano, The Stage


"André De Shields, the original Broadway Wiz in ‘The Wiz’, is scene-stealingly brilliant as a suavely shamanic Hermes." - Andrezej Lukowski, Time Out London


"Our core performers…De Shields…expertly conceived performances that blend the power of musical storytelling with sensitively characterised portrayals. Their performances are shaded with the confidence and poise, and they become robust emotional canvasses whom we can trust with sharing Mitchell’s story with us." -Adam Bruce, UK Review


"...the wonderful, charismatic André De Shields as Hermes channels Smokey Robinson in a shiny suit and introduces the action and its meaning." - Sarah Crompton, What's On Stage