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Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below

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De Shields was joined by vocalists Kimberly Marable, Lori Tishfield, and Freida Williams.

Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Hadestown star André De Shields opened his theatrical concert, Black By Popular Demand: A Musical Meditation On How Not To Be Eaten By The Sphinx, at Feinstein's/54 Below on August 3, with performances through August 7. The stylish theatrical concert showcases the wit, elegance, and charm that the master entertainer has become known for. De Shields was joined by vocalists Kimberly Marable, Lori Tishfield, and Freida Williams, with Music Director Sean Mayes on piano and Rudy Bird on percussion. Check out the photos and set list below.

André shared, "I am an Artist. Artists possess creative muscle that grows both stronger and more supple the greater the challenging conundrum. That said, throughout the preceding seventeen months I have imagined myself as Oedipus during his mythic journey. When he came upon the city of Thebes--where his destiny would rise up to meet him--unbeknownst to him, he had been metamorphosed into an ambassador, representing the Family of Man, before the Massive Sphinx, who would pose the most inscrutable of all riddles. The riddle was asked of any who wished to enter Thebes. If you could answer the riddle, you were granted entry, but if you could not answer the riddle, the Sphinx would eat you. Now, substitute the COVID pandemic for the Sphinx. Still, nobody has the answer. What I have is a pandemic diary, and its entries have inspired me to create Black By Popular Demand: A Musical Meditation On How Not To Be Eaten By The Sphinx. I am accompanied on this journey by the following members of the Family of Man: photographer/archivist Lia Chang, production supervisor Samuel-Moses Jones, co-writer Murray Horwitz, vocalists Kimberly Marable, Lori Tishfield and Freida Williams, percussionist Rudy Bird, and musical director/pianist Sean Mayes. We are because you are."

The creative team also includes Costume Design by Christina Cocchiara, headdresses by Debra Scotti, celebratory umbrellas by Brendan McCann, and videography by Michael D'Angora.

Set List

"Mau Mau Bett Chant" - Traditional Haitian Chant

"None of Us Are Free" - Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, and Brenda Russell

"People Get Ready" - Mayfield

"Declaration" - Thomas Jefferson

"Shambala" - Daniel Moore

"Takin' it to The Streets" - Michael McDonald

"I'm So Excited" (The Pointer Sisters, Trevor Lawrence)/"Boogie Rap" (André De Shields)/"Mary Mack" (Traditional Children's Rhyme)

"The Tragic Mulatto" - André De Shields

"Sistah Girl" (Sings the Madame C. J. Walker Blues) - André De Shields

"Now is The Time" - André De Shields

"The Reverend I.M. Randy" - André De Shields and Murray Horwitz

"L-O-V-E" - André De Shields

"Say You Love Me" - D.J. Rogers

Click here for the digital Broadwayworld Stage Mag.

Performances of André De Shields in Black By Popular Demand: A Musical Meditation On How Not To Be Eaten By The Sphinx at Feinstein's/54 Below continue through the Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. There is a $70 - $ 80 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. VIP Seating is $105 and Premium Tickets are $125. Click here for tickets. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com.

Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 are only available by calling (646) 476-3551. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Feinstein's/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street in New York.

If you are not in New York, Feinstein's/54 Below is presenting a live stream of André De Shields: BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND on the final night of his weeklong engagement on Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $25. Click here to purchase tickets for the livestream.

Live from Feinstein's/54 Below was designed to make more shows accessible to fans from across the globe. Seven cameras will capture the excitement of being at the venue - all paired with the club's dramatic lighting and award-winning sound design. To recreate the live experience, all shows will be presented exclusively at the time of performance with an in-house audience and will not be available on demand afterwards.

For tickets visit https://events.broadwayworld.com.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Feinstein's/54 Below

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Feinstein's/54 Below

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Rudy Bird, Lori Tishfield, Andre De Shields, Freida Williams, Samuel Moses-Jones, Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lori Tishfield

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Sean Mayes and Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes, Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes, Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams, Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Freida Williams, Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Rudy Bird

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Sean Mayes

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes, Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes, Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams, Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Sean Mayes, Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams, Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Sean Mayes

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lori Tishfield

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Sean Mayes, Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Freida Williams

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Andre De Shields

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Freida Williams

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lori Tishfield

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lori Tishfield

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lori Tishfield, Freida Williams, Kimberly Marable

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Sean Mayes

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Rudy Bird

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Andre De Shields and Lia Chang

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Lia Chang, Lori Tishfield, Sean Mayes, Freida Williams, Andre De Shields, Rudy Bird, Kimberly Marable. Photo by Michael D'Angora

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Kimberly Marable, Samuel-Moses Jones, Lori Tishfield, Rudy Bird, Lia Chang, Freida Williams, Sean Mayes. Photo by Michael D'Angora

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Michael D'Angora, Lori Tishfield, Sean Mayes, Freida Williams, Andre De Shields, Rudy Bird, Kimberly Marable and Samuel-Moses Jones

Photos: Inside Andre De Shields' BLACK BY POPULAR DEMAND At Feinstein's/54 Below
Andre De Shields


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