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  • Played the Wiz on Broadway in 1974 and in the 1993 revival of The Wiz.
  • (June 2000) Playing a lead in the stage version of The Full Monty (1997) in San Diego, California, USA.
  • (December 2002) : Played "Bill" in "Let Me Sing", a musical revue by Michael Bush, Michael Aman and Joel Silberman (George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA).
  • Played Noah "Horse" T. Simmons in the original Broadway cast of The Full Monty and can be heard on the CD. [Best Supporting Actor in a Musical 2001 Tony nominee]
  • (May 2004) : Played "Graham, the Gorilla" in "Prymate", a play by Mark Medoff (Longacre Theater, New York City, New York, USA). Although the show did not last long, he was heavily criticized for perpetuating the stereotype of blacks as gorillas.
  • Performed in Play On! [Best Supporting Actor in a Musical 1996 Tony nominee] and Stardust.
  • He choreographed a Bette Midler concert and "Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue".
  • He was also in the original cast of Ain't Misbehavin', on Broadway.
  • Wrote and performed in two shows: André de Shield's Harlaam Nocturne and André de Shields: Black by Popular Demand.
  • (1988) He directed the revue, "The Colored Museum", at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois, with Sybyl Walker and Terrence 'T.C.' Carson in the cast.
  • (1995) He directed George C. Wolfe's revue, "The Colored Museum", at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois with Sylvia Carter, Velma Austin, Rick Worthy and Jacqueline Williams in the cast.
  • (1984) Directed and choreographed the musical revue, "Blackberries", at the AMAS Repertory Theatre, New York City, conceived and written by Joseph George Caruso, produced by AMAS by special arrangement with William DeSilva and Betsy Rosenfeld. The musical won the ADELCO Award for best musical direction and choreography that season.
  • (1998) He acted in the musical, "Play On!", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Tonya Pinkins and Paul Oakley Stovall in the cast. The crew included Marianna Elliott (costume designer), Mike Gilliam (lighting designer), Mercedes Ellington (choreographer), Sheldon Epps (director) and J. Leonard Oxley (musical director).
  • Impressionism (2009). Drama. Written by Michael Jacobs. Original Music by Bob James. Directed by Jack O'Brien. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre: 24 Mar 2009- 10 May 2009 (56 performances + 23 previews that began on 28 Feb 2009). Cast: Joan Allen (as "Katharine Keenan"), Jeremy Irons (as "Thomas Buckle"), André De Shields (as "Chiambuane"), Hadley Delany (as "Young Katharine") [Broadway Debut], Aaron Lazar (as "Ben Joplin"), Margarita Levieva (as "Nicole Halladay") [Broadway Debut], Marsha Mason (as "Julia Davidson"), Michael T. Weiss (as "Douglas Finch"). Understudies: Neal Bledsoe (as "Ben Joplin/Douglas Finch"), Stevie Ray Dallimore (as "Douglas Finch/Thomas Buckle"), Elizabeth Olsen (as "Nicole Halladay"), Caroline Rosenblum (as "Young Katharine"), Henny Russell (as "Julia Davidson/Katharine Keenan"), Harold Surratt (as "Chiambuane"). Produced by Ostar Productions, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Chase Mishkin, Thomas S. Murphy, Jamie deRoy, Broadway Across America (John Gore, CEO. Thomas B. McGrath, Chairman. Beth Williams, COO & Head of Production), Michael Filerman, Eric Falkenstein, Morris Berchard, Matt Murphy/Suisman-Gasparian, Philip Geier/Donald Keough, Jennifer Manocherian/Wendy Federman, Randall L. Wreghitt, Barbara Freitag/Ergo Entertainment and Max Onstage/Hugh Hysell/Richard Jordan.
  • (October 1988) He acted in Fats Waller's musical, "Ain't Misbehavin", at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Nell Carter, Armelia McQueen, Ken Page and Charlayne Woodard in the cast. Richard Maltby Jr. was the director.
  • (2012-2013 Season) He acted in Richard M. Sherman's musical, "The Jungle Book," at the Goodman Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois. Doug Peck was musical director. Mara Blumenfeld was costume designer.
  • (2000) He acted in David Yazbeck's musical, "The Full Monty," at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Patrick Wilson, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Danieley, Romain Fruge, Jane Connell, Lisa Datz, Annie Golden, Marcus Neville, and Emily Skinner in the cast. Jack O'Brien was director.
  • (2001) He acted in David Yazbeck's musical, "The Full Monty," at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on Broadway in New York City with Patrick Wilson, John Ellison Conlee, Jason Danieley, Romain Fruge, Jane Connell, Lisa Datz, Annie Golden, Marcus Neville, and Emily Skinner in the cast. Jack O'Brien was director.
  • (2004) He acted in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's play, "Inherit the Wind," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Alan Rachins, James DePaiva, Brad Bellamy, Jacob Blumer, Jonathan Bustle, Lynn Eldredge, Frank Lowe, Andy Phelan, Randy Redd, Peg Small, Devon Sorvari, and Ken Triwush in the cast.
  • (2005) He acted in Louis Armstrong's musical, "Ambassador Satch," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Harriet D. Foy in the cast.
  • (1982) He acted in Fats Waller's musical, "Ain't Misbehavin," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Debra Byrd in the cast.

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