Norma Jean Wright, Dhonna Goodale, J.R., André De Shields and Alfa Anderson. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields, Norma Jean Wright, Alfa Anderson and Chaz Shepherd Celebrate J.R. Jesse Robinson Goodale IV’s 18th Birthday

Events, Photography, Theater

Ms. Dhonna Goodale and her husband Bobby Goodale of Goodale Productions celebrated their son, J.R. Jesse Robinson Goodale IV’s 18th birthday, with a blowout bash at Georgio’s Baiting Hollow at Fox Hill in the Hampton’s on January 22. 

Dhonna appeared in The Wiz back in the day, and invited her friend and former castmate André De Shields to join in the celebration. As a special favor to Dhonna, André, clad in his original Wiz costume and accompanied by David Alan Bunn (piano), James “Biscuit” Rouse (drums) and Steven “Styles” Rodriguez (bass), sang “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard”.

The Color Purple‘s Chaz Shepherd, Ms. Alfa Anderson and Ms. Norma Jean Wright, former Ladies of Chic, now known as “Next Step“, also performed.

Dhonna also surprised André with a cake to celebrate his 70th birthday. André recently returned from Chicago where he was starring in Jerry Mitchell’s Gotta Dance,  set to open in the Fall on Broadway.

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André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by David Alan Bunn

André De Shields and Lia Chang. Photo by David Alan Bunn

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a performing arts and special events photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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