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Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens

BroadwayWorld has your inside look at Chicago's celebration for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens! Check out photos below!

From the heat of urban insurrection in Baltimore, Maryland to the incandescent glare of New York's Great White Way, "Jelly Belly" has many stories to tell. Through song, dance, and spoken word, join Victory Gardens Theater's Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow André De Shields in this riveting solo-performance as we follow this adventure from inner city impoverishment to self-actualization.

In a career spanning forty-six years, André De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. He is the recipient of three Jeff Awards, one as Director for Victory Gardens' 1987 production of The Colored Museum, and two as Featured Performer in a Musical for the Goodman Theatre productions of Play On! (1998) and Mary Zimmerman's The Jungle Book (2013). In fact André's professional career began at Chicago's Shubert Theatre, now the Bank of America Theatre, in the 1969 production of Hair. From there he moved on to The Me Nobody Knows at the Civic Opera House, and ultimately became a member of The Organic Theatre Company, where he created the role of Xander the Unconquerable, Ruler of the Sixth Dimension in the cult sensation Warp. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin', Play On! and The Full Monty. His numerous accolades include an Emmy Award for the NBC Special based on Ain't Misbehavin', the National Black Theatre Festival's Living Legend Award, the Village Voice OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and two Doctor of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa one each from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo. A triple Capricorn, Mr. De Shields is the ninth of eleven children born and reared in Baltimore, Maryland. Ubuntu.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Matt De Caro, Monica Lopez Orozco, Andre De Shields and WONDERFUL TOWN star Lauren Molina

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Black Ensemble Theater Founder and CEO Jackie Taylor and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Final curtain for Doug Peck, Robert Reddrick, Andre De Shields, Kimberly Lawson, Anthony J. Mhoon and Donica Lynn in CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P.

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Kimberly Lawson, Robert Reddrick, Andre De Shields, Donica Lynn and Anthony J. Mhoon

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Linda Kimbrough and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Co-director and Co-producer Dennis Zacek, Carol Eastin, Andre De Shields and Marcelle McVay

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Danny, Bobbye Natkin, Cordis Fejer, Andre De Shields, a guest, Jonathan Abarbanel, Cookie Gluck

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Co-director Samuel G. Roberson Jr., Co-director and Co-producer Dennis Zacek, Co-producer Charles Grippo and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Kimberly Lawson, Mario Mazzetti, Andre De Shields, Scott Gryder, Nick Sula, Sarah Wurz

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Eric Nathan, Toni Marie and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Jim Corti, Artistic Director at the Paramount Theatre, Andre De Shields, William Osetek, Artistic Director for Drury Lane Theatre

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
Andre De Shields, Anthony J. Mhoon, Kimberly Lawson

Photo Flash: Chicago Turns Out for André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens
SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE'S Tyrone L. Robinson, Donica Lynn and Chris Sams with Andre De Shields




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