Multimedia: André De Shields Celebrates 77th Birthday at DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Performances, Photography, Theater

Chelsea Lee Williams, André De Shields, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking, Grace Porter and Kevin Ramessar. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy 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.

Chelsea Lee Williams, Blake DeLong, Lynn Hawley, Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, McKinley Belcher III, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking, Grace Porter and Kevin Ramessar. Photo by Lia Chang

Following the performance, the play’s star Wendell Pierce stopped the applause to let everyone know that it was a very special night. A surprise 24 Layer Chocolate Cake from The Strip House (André’s favorite) was brought out by McKinley Belcher III along with a sash saying Birthday King and a Crown fit for the King, designed by Antoinette Martinez! The sold-out cheering audience then joined in serenading De Shields singing Happy Birthday!

Lynn Hawley, Khris Davis, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking, Grace Porter. Photo by Lia Chang

Lynn Hawley, Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

Lynn Hawley, Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

Khris Davis, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke, Delaney Williams. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

McKinley Belcher III presents André De Shields with his favorite cake, a 24 Layer Chocolate Cake from The Strip House. Photo by Lia Chang

McKinley Belcher III, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

McKinley Belcher III, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

McKinley Belcher III, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

McKinley Belcher III, André De Shields, Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, Delaney Williams, Stephen Stocking. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields and Sharon D Clarke. Photo by Lia Chang

The limited engagement of Death of a Salesman ends at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway on Sunday, January 15th. Click here for tickets.

The crown and sash were designed by Antoinette Martinez for André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The crown and sash were designed by Antoinette Martinez for André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The crown and sash were designed by Antoinette Martinez for André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The crown and sash were designed by Antoinette Martinez for André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Happy 77th Birthday, André De Shields; UW–Madison Distinguished Alum Visits Alumni Park and Will Receive Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)’s 2023 Howard Ashman Award 

Feb. 6: Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning Broadway Legend and Activist André De Shields to Receive the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)’s 2023 Howard Ashman Award at the 10th Annual GMHC Cabaret 2023

André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by Allen Gilmore

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, photo activist, documentarian and an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia is also the host and Executive Producer of BACKSTAGE PASS WITH LIA CHANG, an Arts and Entertainment and Lifestyle program that airs on Sundays at 6:30pm on FIOS 34, RCN 83, Spectrum 56/1996 and MNN2.

Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

She is the recipient of the 2022 Prospect Muse Award, 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. Lia is an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate (2000), a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age (2000), a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media (2001), a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2002), and a National Tropical Botanical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellow (2003).

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