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Andre De Shields

 
Bio:
In a career spanning 50 years, De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London’s National Theatre. In 2018, De Shields was the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
In a career spanning 50 years, De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London’s National Theatre. In 2018, De Shields was the ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2022
Ben Loman
  [Off-Broadway]
En Garde Arts' Off-Broadway Immersive Production, 2019
Balboa Douglas
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2019
Hermes
Hermes
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Performer

Andre De Shields Movies

The American Snitch
 
[1983]
Russ
Prison
 
[1987]
Sandor
Extreme Measures
 
[1996]
Teddy Dolson
The Good Heart
 
[2009]
Sooty André de Shields
The Inheritance
 
[2011]
Uncle Grady
The Backseat
 
[2014]
Mr. Davies
Chloe and Theo
 
[2015]
Mr. Sweet Andre De Shields
tick, tick... BOOM!
 
[2021]
Sunday Legend #2
The Sixth Reel
 
[2021]
Gavin Plimsoll
Spellbound
 
[2023]
Oracle of the Moon

Andre De Shields TV Shows

As the World Turns
 
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Reverend Dansby
Law & Order
 
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Mr. Miller, Dr. Elvin Simmonds
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
 
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Keys

Andre De Shields Biography

In a career spanning 50 years, De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator. He has intermittently portrayed Hermes in Hadestown since 2012, including the recent critically acclaimed production at London’s National Theatre. In 2018, De Shields was the recipient of the 8th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Legend Award and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award, and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. A multiple Tony Award nominee, he is best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On!, and The Full Monty. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.

Andre De Shields Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2019 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Gold Star
Andre De Shields, Hadestown

Andre De Shields News

Photos: Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce Get Honored With Portraits at Sardi's Photo Photos: Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce Get Honored With Portraits at Sardi's
by Bruce Glikas - Jan 18, 2023

Death of a Salesman stars Sharon D. Clarke and Wendell Pierce recently were honored with portraits at the iconic Sardi's. BroadwayWorld was there for the unveiling and you can check out photos here!

DEATH OF A SALESMAN's McKinley Belcher III to Marry Boyfriend Blake Fox; Andre De Shi Photo DEATH OF A SALESMAN's McKinley Belcher III to Marry Boyfriend Blake Fox; Andre De Shields Will Officiate
by Stephi Wild - Jan 17, 2023

BroadwayWorld congratulates McKinley Belcher III on his wedding to longtime boyfriend Blake Fox!

Photos/Video: Andre De Shields Celebrates Birthday at DEATH OF A SALESMAN Photo Photos/Video: Andre De Shields Celebrates Birthday at DEATH OF A SALESMAN
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 13, 2023

 Andre De Shields, the Tony Award winning legendary actor celebrated his lucky 77th Birthday on stage at yesterday's curtain call of the hit Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Check out photos and video from the celebration here!

Andre De Shields To Receive GMHC's 2023 Howard Ashman Award Photo Andre De Shields To Receive GMHC's 2023 Howard Ashman Award
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 11, 2023

GMHC will honor Broadway legend and award-winning performer André De Shields with the 2023 Howard Ashman Award for his advocacy and activism for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as LGBTQ+ communities.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of AT THE ILLUSIONIST'S TABLE - Now Extended Through  Photo Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of AT THE ILLUSIONIST'S TABLE - Now Extended Through April
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

See photos from opening night of At The Illusionist’s Table, an intimate experience where magic and mentalism intertwine with fine dining, at The McKittrick Hotel.

Feature: Editor's Picks For 2022 Photo Feature: Editor's Picks For 2022
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 31, 2022

This is not a ‚ÄúBest Of‚ÄĚ list because it isn‚Äôt for me to say what is best, only what resonated with me, but after a lot, a lot, a lot of shows, this New Year's Eve, these shows are still on my mind.

Photos: Uzo Aduba, Norm Lewis and Ben Vereen Visit DEATH OF A SALESMAN Photo Photos: Uzo Aduba, Norm Lewis and Ben Vereen Visit DEATH OF A SALESMAN
by Stephi Wild - Dec 20, 2022

Uzo Aduba, Norm Lewis and Ben Vereen were the latest celebrities catching the acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Miller‚Äôs ‚ÄúDeath of a Salesman‚ÄĚ at the Hudson Theatre.¬†¬†Check out photos of the stars backstage with the cast here!

Andre De Shields, Michael R. Jackson, & More Among Honorees on Emil Wilbekin's NATIVE Photo Andre De Shields, Michael R. Jackson, & More Among Honorees on Emil Wilbekin's NATIVE SON 101
by Blair Ingenthron - Dec 19, 2022

Native Son - the leading organization championing Black gay and queer men ‚Äď has unveiled its illustrious, annual year-end Native Son 101 List highlighting Black gay and queer men who made an impact in 2022. Created by Native Son Founder Emil Wilbekin, the 101 List recognizes leaders in the Black gay and queer community who have made significant contributions, achieved culture-making milestones, and those who are using their platforms to break through glass ceilings in their respective roles, professions, and areas of expertise.

Photos: See André De Shields & More at UNSCRIPTED LIVE at City Winery Photo Photos: See André De Shields & More at UNSCRIPTED LIVE at City Winery
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2022

See photos of Tony, Emmy, and GRAMMY Award-winning performing artist André De Shields and more at The Loft at City Winery for 'Unscripted Live,' an interview series that spotlights the stories of legendary artists, their resilience, and their creative regeneration.

Review: THE ROAD TO HELL IS A BEAUTIFUL RELEVANT JOURNEY WITH HADESTOWN at Straz Cent Photo Review: THE ROAD TO HELL IS A BEAUTIFUL RELEVANT JOURNEY WITH HADESTOWN at Straz Center For The Performing Arts
by Drew Eberhard - Dec 2, 2022

Yes, the Holiday Season is once again upon us. Time for merriment, gathering with friends, family, chosen family, and what have you to enjoy the sights, the sounds, and the food of the season. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of the times, the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall brings a different fable and tale of love, hope, and the courage to survive against all odds to its patrons following the close of Thanksgiving weekend, and ushering in the first week of December. Unlike Ghosts of both Past, and Present, patrons of the Straz Center are plunged head-first into a dark tale based on figures found in Greek Mythology, and the tale itself seems all too relevant and perfectly placed in our current climate. The Broadway Smash Hadestown takes the stage by storm and leaves no prisoners in its wake. I for one am thankful for this time, the time to sit in a sacred space and experience the undeniably beautiful event that is live theatre, and the Straz Center is the Gift that keeps on giving, not only during the holiday season but all year long. Their 2022/2023 Bank of America Broadway Season is one of the absolute best yet!

Andre De Shields Videos

Photos/Video: Andre De Shields Celebrates Birthday at DEATH OF A SALESMAN Videoplay
Photos/Video: Andre De Shields Celebrates Birthday at DEATH OF A SALESMAN

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 13, 2023

 Andre De Shields, the Tony Award winning legendary actor celebrated his lucky 77th Birthday on stage at yesterday's curtain call of the hit Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Check out photos and video from the celebration here!

VIDEO: See André De Shields in the Promo for Upcoming NEW AMSTERDAM Episode Videoplay
VIDEO: See André De Shields in the Promo for Upcoming NEW AMSTERDAM Episode

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 13, 2021

Tony winner André De Shields guest stars in the latest New Amsterdam episode, premiering April 13 at 10pm ET on NBC.

VIDEO: Jessie Mueller, Andre De Shields, and More Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' Videoplay
VIDEO: Jessie Mueller, Andre De Shields, and More Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago'

by Stage Tube - Jul 9, 2020

An all-star line-up of Chicago natives and stars who got their start in the Windy City have come together for a new music video, performing the Blues anthem a?oeSweet Home Chicago.a?? 

VIDEO: Tony Awards Tributes! HADESTOWN Takes the Tonys Way Down Videoplay
VIDEO: Tony Awards Tributes! HADESTOWN Takes the Tonys Way Down

by A.A. Cristi - Jun 1, 2020

Check out Tony-winner Andre De Shields, Tony-nominees Patrick Page, Eva Noblezada, and Amber Grey, and star Reeve Carney bringing the 2019 Tonys way down to Rachel Chavkin's Tony Award-winning world of Anais Mitchell's Hadestown!

BWW TV: The HADESTOWN Family Reunites for A Virtual Performance Videoplay
BWW TV: The HADESTOWN Family Reunites for A Virtual Performance

by BroadwayWorld TV - May 20, 2020

The Hadestown family has reunited virtually to bring us a performance of 'Road to Hell, Part 2'. including Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Andre de Shields, Patrick Page, Anais Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, and more

BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Andre De Shields Sings THE WIZ! Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Andre De Shields Sings THE WIZ!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 24, 2020

In 2014, BroadwayWorld gathered a slew of stars to celebrate our 10th Anniversay in BroadwayWorld Visits Oz, a special concert event at Joe's Pub benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Below, watch as André De Shields sings the song he made famous, 'So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard' from The Wiz!

Broadway Rewind: Cheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin Look to the Sky in FINIAN'S RAINBOW! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Cheyenne Jackson & Kate Baldwin Look to the Sky in FINIAN'S RAINBOW!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 6, 2020

'We close things out with a look at the 48th production of City Center's famed Encore's, the glorious musical Finian's Rainbow, which starred Kate Baldwin, Cheyenne Jackson, Jim Norton and Terri White. It was directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Kate told me, 'I get to sing the most beautiful songs. I think Burton Lane was a master of melody.' Cheyenne said he knew the songs but didn't really know the story, 'It's very, very current. I was actually surprised. The main crux of the plot is a bigoted white man in power from the south who is being replaced by an open-minded black man. Hmmm. So, it's very current.''

Broadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Will Chase and Malcom Gets Turn the Page on THE STORY OF MY LIFE!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 3, 2020

'What I loved the most about this episode', says BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge, 'was following the journey of the 2009 musical The Story of My Life. This episode of Broadway Rewind looks at the ill- fated musical, which featured two wonderful performances by Will Chase and Malcolm Gets, but we start off at a rehearsal for Michael Jacobs play 'Impressionism' directed by Jack O'Brien. It welcomed back to Broadway, Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen along with Marsha Mason, Aaron Lazar and Andre de Shields. Director Jack O'Brien told me why he had to do this play, 'It's about us. We haven't had a really witty, wise, romantic comedy in New York, in a long time and I've got this gorgeous cast.' Joan Allen said,

VIDEO: Netflix Releases the Trailer for JOHN MULANEY & THE SACK LUNCH BUNCH Videoplay
VIDEO: Netflix Releases the Trailer for JOHN MULANEY & THE SACK LUNCH BUNCH

by Stage Tube - Dec 17, 2019

Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets. The result: John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. 

VIDEO: John Mulaney Held Auditions for His Netflix Musical Comedy Special Videoplay
VIDEO: John Mulaney Held Auditions for His Netflix Musical Comedy Special

by Stage Tube - Dec 12, 2019

Emmy Award Winning Comedian John Mulaney aims to recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets. The result: John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. 


Andre De Shields Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Andre De Shields been in?
Andre De Shields has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Andre De Shields been in?
Andre De Shields has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Andre De Shields been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hadestown .

What awards has Andre De Shields won?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Hadestown.

What is Andre De Shields next theatre project?
Andre De Shields's next show will be Death of a Salesman which opens on 10/9/2022 on Broadway.


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@Andre_DeShields - 11/10/22 08:58am Nov. 28: @Salesman_Bway Star @Andre_DeShields to Headline UNSCRIPTED LIVE with @sekouluke and @CJWikaneNYC at… https://t.co/kpAUruDFon


@Andre_DeShields - 11/10/22 08:10am Feb. 6: Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Broadway Legend and Activist @Andre_DeShields to Receive 2023 Howard Ashman A… https://t.co/TD07sgKhFW


@Andre_DeShields - 10/30/22 06:12pm Backstage Pass with @liachang airs tonight at 6:30 pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996. Opening nights of… https://t.co/ZSwKcxm8kM


@Andre_DeShields - 10/27/22 03:58pm .@NBCNewsNow: #Broadway classic ‚ÄėDeath of a Salesman‚Äô reimagined through the lens of a Black family‚Ķ https://t.co/2mMKWvvHH7


@Andre_DeShields - 10/26/22 11:49am BACKSTAGE PASS with @liachang Video: Tony winner and @hadestown star Lillias White @DIAMONDLILLIAS Presents Tony,… https://t.co/WTH3HZcNVE


@Andre_DeShields - 10/21/22 09:55am .@northjersey #LGBT History Month: Hans Christian Andersen @JazzJennings__ @Andre_DeShields @Jeopardamy honored in… https://t.co/gqHCVCEyBm


@Andre_DeShields - 10/21/22 09:44am Congrats @nytimes @salamishah on @PulitzerPrizes. Recent @92NYPoetry @SchomburgCenter talk with @Salesman_Bway… https://t.co/l2TmBnuO3Z


@Andre_DeShields - 10/21/22 09:36am #Artscape Is Back! Check @Andre_DeShields out in this video by @BOPA called ‚ÄúWhat Is Art.‚ÄĚ Artscape returns Septemb‚Ķ https://t.co/5MIzfldk7Q


@Andre_DeShields - 10/20/22 12:18pm Congratulations @salamishah!


@Andre_DeShields - 10/13/22 12:33am Nov. 28: @CityWineryNYC Presents Unscripted Live with Tony, Grammy and Emmy Winning @Salesman_Bway Star… https://t.co/1ZznS34vls


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