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André De Shields to Talk THE WIZ, New Musical GOTTA DANCE on News 4 NY Live Tonight

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields talks THE WIZ and GOTTA DANCE live tonight (Monday, November 23) with NBC-TV’s Janice Huff on News 4 New York at 7:00 PM. De Shields, who created the title role in the original 1975 Broadway production of the landmark musical (which won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical), will talk about the show’s 40th anniversary, the upcoming The Wiz Live! which airs on NBC December 3 at 8 PM ET and his current show GOTTA DANCE.

GOTTA DANCE, the new Broadway-bound musical about professional basketball’s first ever aged 60-and-older dance team, has its pre-Broadway World Premiere at Broadway In Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre December 13, 2015 through January 10, 2016. This show re-unites De Shields with director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell. The pair worked together on the Broadway production of THE FULL MONTY for which De Shields received his second Tony Award nomination.

The cast of GOTTA DANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast of GOTTA DANCE. Photo by Matthew Murphy

News 4 New York at 7PM is streamed live onlinewww.NBCNEWYORK.COM and can be viewed on these channels:

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A multiple Tony Award nominee, De Shields 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 presentation of Ain’t Misbehavin’, the 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University, 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 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the State University of New York-College at Buffalo.

Honorees Lou Raizin, Broadway in Chicago president, Theatre School Alumna Karen Aldridge and André De Shields at the 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts Gala held in the Atlantic Ballroom of the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel in Chicago on November 9, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Honorees Lou Raizin, Broadway in Chicago president, Theatre School Alumna Karen Aldridge and André De Shields at the 27th Annual Awards for Excellence in the Arts Gala held in the Atlantic Ballroom of the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel in Chicago on November 9, 2015. Photo by Lia Chang

Follow André De Shields on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/andrethegoatman and twitter: @Andre_DeShields. www.andredeshields.com

GOTTA DANCE Star André De Shields receives 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in Examiner.com, FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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