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Winfrey, Hearst Have Black Journalists Tell Elders' Stories
"Oprah Winfrey is leading a project that team's young black journalists an older black activists community leaders and regular people to talk about their lessons on life our margins are a letter with the latest Oprah Winfrey recalls being in her twenties when she became friends with port my Angelo who stressed the importance of knowing one's history Winfrey's lift every voice project teams young interviewers and photographers for mostly historic black colleges and universities with people older than seventy with remarkable stories among those interviewed or singers Dionne Warwick and Patti LaBelle actor Andrea shields an activist Claudette Colvin and opal leak the stories will run on Oprah daily dot com and in magazines like elle Good Housekeeping and esquire
"andrea shields" Discussed on Couples Therapy
"A lot of gratitude. Okay then so by now. Wonderful now all. Thank you for that question. I thought we this is not a follow up to something. You said a follow up. This is angela somebody wanting to follow up with you on a personal level about the video. Well they might be representative a larger slice of the audience. That is interested in. Did i beat breath a wild yes so breadth of the wild. If if you remember pretty much saved me from about september maybe august. It was october because remember. It's like when you got the switch. Got in september from september to about january february. Pretty much saved me those those months. Yes between that and the twitter show we were doing. I think i probably would have been living in a deal. Depression without those two things. I by february. I did beat breath allowed. I'm not one hundred percent. I'm not a percentage of any kind number three percent or another five hundred provider was like that in something involved in the insurrection. Now what. I beat a game. I'm just like great. I didn't think i wanted to do i. I wanna to do all the fun parts of a game. Like i don't need to like. Hey you forgot to get this piece of pottery and it's like oh does the pottery like helped me do anything like do i get like wings or can i do something special. What did i know. It's you keep in your pack keeping your backpack. You got completed hundred percent of the game. And i'm like oh do i get a special ending. Come in for game this piece of that. I know you just you literally completed a hundred percent of the game. Okay just deal with it. Okay do you want that to be a thing. Do you want to do that. Then get the damn pottery. So i'm not that kind of person but hey no shame if you are well it sounds like a lot of shame because you came in real. Oh that was me. Does the inside of my brain talking to myself. Ok naomi when the inside of my brain talks to me. That's the harsh voice. Yes i'm in therapy. So so Beat it not one hundred percents. I'm onto. I've been playing haiti's lately which is A pretty fun. Haiti's town the broadway. Show you play on andrea shields. Oh someone make that game someone make haiti's of the game where you play as andrea shields. Anyone has recommendations. I did this when i was on the daily zeitgeist recommendations for zelda like games. I need something that's look. I'm not gonna get anything that's that good. Get me as close to it as possible. Asymptotically zelda please god. the words you put toge- the is the name of my memoir. Naomi before we end the show one little thing though in california. I believe people can see you live with another former guest. I mean it's honestly a dream a dream team you guys. June twenty fifth twenty six and twenty seven. I will be opening for the won. Miss nicole buyer at the irvine improv in irvine california so yes that is the. Oc amy miller. Who's another friend of the show hilarious comic. She's also on the lineup. So it was like the three of us rolling up to the. Oc probably gonna be talking with some cunanan crazy so if you can get there and provide a safe space. It would be much loved. I'll be putting together a longer set. So there's gonna be some older material but then a touch new stuff. The put is going to be so fun. And nicole. Amy so again irvine improv. June twenty-fifth twenty six. Twenty seven got a reboot of the oc. Where is like seth cohen. It's a jewish family stuck in the middle of all these cunanan lunatics fox around shorts. When you're done with gossip girl reboot buddy. You call all right. I started to get derided. But because of the best of the best so say.
"andrea shields" Discussed on 70 Over 70
"I guess this week is andrea shields. Andres has been an actor for more than fifty years in over his career. he's found a way to continually reinvent himself on the stage and that's been a choice. One of his early roles was as the wiz a hit show that he could have posted on for decades but he chose to leave and then it happened again a few years later when he starred in ain't misbehavin he could've spent years touring the world at that show but he decided to look for the next role instead since then he's appeared in countless productions including in quarantine. He was in ratatouille the tick-tock musical and in february he took the stage alone in an empty theater his audience on zoom and performed a one man show he created it was called frederick douglass mine eyes have seen the glory and that's part of what i wanted to talk to andrea about how he made a practice out of taken the riskier path and whether he thought he lost out in some way by doing so but there was another reason. I wanted to have him on the show. After all these roles five decades on the stage andrea shields finally won a tony award in two thousand nineteen for his performance in hades town. I wanted to know what that moment felt like..
"andrea shields" Discussed on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
"Thank you so much near. I just a cup of coffee on a rainy day just in an ordinary khanna cap and now the game where we ask very classy people to go back and repeat a grade. It's called not my job. Andre de shields may not be the most famous actor in the world. But he is without question. The coolest is an actor a singer choreographer writer musician lyricist a professor and an absolute icon of style. He recently played the god. Hermes in haiti's down on broadway. He'll be playing. King lear at the saint louis shakespeare festival this summer andrea shields. What a pleasure to have you on. Wait wait don't tell me. Thank you very much at home already. I saw you once referred. It was about haiti's town. It was around the time he won the tony and the statement was. It's just true that underage shields is the coolest man in new york. Do you accept that title. Yeah i'll take that this man in new york. But i've been working on for seventy five years now. The pool ragged colored boy in baltimore maryland. I had style a cool at south possession. And i had a dream that one day i was going to be in new york on broadway neon on rights rights. There you are. I did the did your peers. Did your parents your family Encourage you in this or did they say yeah right andrei your yeah ride on andre. Why don't you get serious and look for a job and will you know when you hear things like that you have to keep your dream closely your best. Because you don't want to get sullied. Yeah yeah one of the for those. Who haven't haven't seen haiti's town on broadway and i hope that who is one of the show begins with you just walking on stage. If i remember correctly nothing happened yet. Well no mira no. You're not wrong. But i just want to give you a small adjustment. Please when the stage manager says warning go. It's the entire company accept hermes that explodes age and then hermes enters from stage. Left and threads the needle all the way age right. That's the rises the audience right. I'm not surprised to hear that. I forgot that anyone else existed as soon as you walk on because i cannot decide. I wish i could describe the manner in which you carry yourself as hermes the god or maybe just as andrea shields. Do you practice that when you go out in the street do you know that you are andrea shields. Dammit and you're going to walk don't have to practice it any longer. Now when i do interviews and people ask who has influenced you are your idols. I reveal something that usually freezes the interviews. Face my true idol. is you'll brenner. Who might consider my face frozen. You'll brenner now. In every movie that you a deaths the director doesn't matter who the director is goals. Back the camera and perez burnett as he walks and he swagger roy. When i saw jan commandments. I said i have to cop that. So that was my. That was my own business at the time. Until i got my first review in a new york newspaper and the reviewers wrote mr dish eels. Why walk when you construct. And i say not as i say. Hit the nail on the head. Now when you when when you made it big. I and i don't know when you would put that. Maybe when you created the role of the wind yet. Did you ever go back to baltimore. And one of your beautiful tailored suits and strut around app store in two thousand nineteen after fifty years of sewing might see. I finally was able to reap my harvest. When i received the tony award for best featured actor in a musical you get ninety seconds. He delivered your acceptance speech so i thought that he dropped a little wisdom bomb on the nine million people watching and the first thing i said was baltimore. Are you in the house making hood on the oath. As when i left in one thousand nine hundred sixty four that some day i would do something to make you sufficiently proud that you would claim me as your native son in that. Was that night and baltimore respond to they have an andrea shield today for example. Then mayor invited me back to baltimore and gave me the case. There you go now. Can i just say andre. When i fell under your spell in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight i was an usher over the summer at the national theatre in washington. Dc ain't misbehavin was with came through a revival of the show. I got to watch you. Forty times and i looked at you and i thought i wanna be your under in this show. Will they ever take a look at me for that. That time is coming. I would love to see you. Play the viper in eight. I just know that. I could actually sing the role it would just be too. I don't know it will be challenging remote remember. My tour de force moment in eight is behaving is. I can't give you anything but love baby. It's one thing. I got plenty of baby. Talk about three miles next reefer. Song viper's drag. That's twenty four started started gene about relief Feet long or in manse but not too strong. Who no offense. But i'm really glad. I got the andrea shields. Do that well andrea shields. What a joy to talk to you but we have asked you here today to play a game that we're calling the great narrow way you're a star broadway so why not ask you three questions about narrow ways specifically canals institute of three questions correctly and you will win our prize one of our listeners. The voice of their choice on their voicemail bill who is lucky enough to have andrea shields playing for them right now. No kennedy of portland oregon. All right here's your first question. You probably noticed. The suez canal was blocked about a week by ship. That got stuck there last month. Well that is not the only time that happened on another occasion. The suez canal was blocked. By what a a sign prankster. Put up right. At the entrance saying do not enter shark-infested waters be a whole fleet of ships that were stranded in the middle of the canal for eight years..
"andrea shields" Discussed on Why I'll Never Make It - An Actor's Journey
"I share in common is that we both lived in vegas. She actually grew up there and spent many of her formative years on the strip whereas i only spent a year. They're performing jubilee. Las vegas is truly a unique place. In terms of the types of shows offered and the kinds of audiences they get. It's it's just a different experience from other stages around the country especially new york. New york audiences are people that you can actually really get to know you. Walk out of a theater Even if you're on stage you walk on the people who live your work their fans but then you find out that they're actors and artists as well and you might see them in audition room or you might see that. I'm person that that. Ask for your autograph on the subway. The training oh my god i remember you from the show and you were so good and the so great or you go to west end cafe. Everybody's there and you know and you know people get to know each other on las vegas. It's touristy race nothing. That new york's naturist but there's so many artists who've come from other places to new york in vegas so many people come there to to gamble and danny see shows but then you know you could. I've never performed it one of the big show at the siegfried and roy's or the What lo had a show. They're leaning on the big Bette midler they all have shows there. But i've never experienced getting a dancer. One of those shows you just dance for my friends. I've had friends in shows and so watching them and how they will do their dance chicago. It's they're on tour and then they're done and they go to their hotel room or they go out to party but you don't see any fans people don't know who you are. You don't get to know the tours because at tourist goes these these show and thereafter gambling and going out to dinner or doing something else. So there's a cultural a theater cultural performance culture that i love about new york that you don't get in vegas. It's true that that stage door ritual is really something unique to if i can say that is unique to new york theater in particular. I i mean i think you know. La is not really as much of a theater town. But certainly there's a little bit of it but new york particular. There's something about audiences whether they're the tourists who've come in. Who who love this show or loved this this particular actor or actress like me who just want to be in that show you know that stage door Kind of assembly line of going down and autographs and greeting people is a lot of fun. And you know. I've only been on one side of it so far but You know. I look forward to being on the other side eventually lost. Yes i look forward to seeing you on site. It's just interesting how you could be on a show and betas and walk out and no one knows that you were in the show. Nobody knows that you were dancing behind. You know britney spears and you're not okay for the show that i was in jubilee it's mostly the topless women that that's who gets all the attention i us singers. Were really just there so that the dancers could change costumes. Were there to just kind of be a filler okay. Now let's bring back on why you're really here right. Exactly and of course the woman topless. I mean who's gonna talk bat. I mean come on. I'm leading him down the stairs. But they're they're the star of the show they'll speaking of of stars you had mentioned working with andrea shields who is just an icon of my. I absolutely love him. And i think for many people eve. I've been following his career for a long time. But i think he really hit a high point. Both in winning the tony award but also that speech that he gave and it's kind of become a mantra. Not only for me. But for this podcast so i would like to share with you. Just three cardinal rules of my ability and longevity one surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming too slowly the fastest way to get to where you want to be and three. The top of one mountain is the bottom of the next six. What was it like working with him. Day in and day out. I i had to get over my starstruck rate because i i tend to just come in and just go to work regardless of. Who's in the room. But there's certain people that. I know myself that i'm just gonna take a minute like the minute i am going to put out there. Dominant work over gina king. Is you notice. I keep bringing her up. I feel like whatever day almost with her. Anita our to just stop staring at right. So i was like that with me for andre. In the beginning. I was so nervous because again i knew who he was. He didn't know who i was like. i loved him. I knew about him because he was the original whiz. Hearing that cast album a mother growing up justin theater knowing all of that and just knowing would icon he was and is still is i when i got cast as his daughter. I was so nervous. I was like gosh. Talk about pressure in the barbie and raised and bringing it because watching him work and rehearsals and the lines and just how he would come to rehearsal and he was ready. Just the registered action This block lines are in his body he he. He knew what the right questions to ask. I learned how to really collaborate with your director through him of certain things that you that. You're not clear about how to approach a director and how to really just put together a show and watching him leader show because you know he's playing w. e. b. two boys in the in the plate. Knock me a kiss. And he's you know he has to carry the show and then it's not just him. It's me it's you know. Jillian eagle rock amari. Just the other. Cast members sean. All of us together as a unit. And so i learned really how as the lead of the show. You caring everybody else with you and how important that is to. So it's not just about you in the show and your character about the show as a whole in who's coming. Who's there with you in the pressure of that. And so i just as. He embraced me like to this day. He calls daughter. I call him papa because we bonded so much. And whenever i had questions i would ask him and he would be the answer and and he was just he was just such a delight you know. Of course it's like you know royalty so of course the boundaries of because you'd you gonna come to andre. You gotta come correct right. But he was very generous and very open and available to me. And i really don't think i've could could have gotten to that performance without him because i was so nervous if because he was playing my dad and i was and he was just not a diva to me. It was really nice and warm and loving and it made it made it easier because you know you hear stories about people being shows with people who for whatever reason there the way they are. And i did not have that experience him and i'm just glad because one of my fears of meeting people that i love and look up to is that it doesn't work out and then i'll be boohooing my bed. You know it's amazing when you get to work with those people who really lead by example and it sounds like that. That's what he did for you. He was definitely. Yeah i i think about it and it's one of my favorite formulas that i remember being told by one of my mentors that you know if you can count on one hand performances that change your life. You're you're lucky as an artist and so That's one of my top. Five is just So far that that time experience and being with him in really learning on and playing up real person you know. Because i played. Wabc boys real daughter two boys and the pressure of playing somebody who really exist on is very hard to. Because you gotta bring it. You gotta make sure your researches intact. You have to make sure that you're not doing injustice. The family and would have their nephew audience of their niece or granddaughter. Somebody who the bloodline comes in. They're like you missed the boat. That's that there was that pressure to go. It certainly sounds like that. You're able to rise to that challenge in that show. Yes.
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"American views on cello and that rate on a piano when did you first pick up a cello wow you know I started the violin actually when I was three and I played for nine years and I was of quite an accomplished young little violinist and then I there was a child okay in the old days the Carnegie Hall there were all these shops in the studios at Carnegie Hall and most of heavy had been a student of my grandfather and he had a shop there and he was a cellist me at all these tell if chill is hanging on the wall and when I was twelve I was there with my mom for some reason and I just basically just try one and he took one of the wall and I played the the Lucy string and I felt it vibrating it's kind of like mommy I wanna play the cello she was like no and anyway I convinced her to let me start playing the cello and for the first year I had to play both she was like play keep playing violent start the cello and at the end of the year we'll make it you can make a decision and I knew the whole time that I was gonna put a chill but I just appeased her for that year and I quite so by twelve I was legit playing the cello now we only performing classical music at that point totally I mean I grew my parents had a jazz club on the Upper West Side I was growing up in nineteen eighty two eighty six or seven was called Burgundy and I grew up with that music that is sort of like my spirit music I think is how I have come to understand it in my life but as a player at that time especially I was strictly class I no idea that I would ever do anything else musically so you're studying classical music but you're surrounded by jazz in your home and your parents profession how was being surrounded by jazz what was the impact on your learning classical music or the way you approach classical music you know it's interesting at that time when I was still studying they were very desperate I didn't have I didn't make a connection and I never even considered at that time of the nineteen eighties there weren't as many cellists as examples that we're doing this kind of genre breaking step so I just it never even crossed my mind spins in nobody suggested to suggested it to me at the time so it wasn't until I moved to California in my early twenties to the bay area that I've somehow just fell into meeting different musicians were string players especially Carla kills them with somebody I met there and was she was already experimenting and extraordinary improviser and a classical traditional player so it was there that I started to make this transition what was that moment like when you figure it out that you could connect the world's and that the world didn't have to be in their own silos it was exciting and horrifying because being a classical player there are so many rules and strict ways of doing things and we know what we're gonna play before we play it always that's exactly what's on the page and you're trying to honor the comp composer and having to sit down and play something having no idea where it's coming from felt like magic and a mystery to me at the time and it took a long I still feel like it's something I'm learning to do with the for like a second language although I'm now speaking my first language maybe with a little bit of an accent so it's it's changed my life and I'm so grateful that that time happened at the patients the people around me had to take me under their wing and teach me and I learned on the job for the most part I feel like my guess is chalice marica Hughes so I'll let alone is about you also you also saying I do yes when did you start to think of yourself as a singer as well well president because I I still I think of myself as a cellist two things I'm not a I'm hired as a cellist and then like when I work with the dean of men sell like I sang with her because she needed a chalice and it happened that I also think that that was great I'm rarely hired is just a singer but it was really in the bay area I connected with somebody named Julie Eisenberg who the dear beloved friend and beautiful beautiful composer and singer and another friend of told her that she heard me humming in her car and she needed a singer so she called me was like can you come sing with me and that's when I really start to sing it for real real and professionally and in front of people and gigs and stuff so when did you decide sounds like California was really a place we had a lot of epiphanies that you really grew and you really got to experiment but then you came back home what made you want to come back to the east coast there were a lot of things you know the early days in the nineties in San Francisco for me I was in my early mid twenties and it was a really fertile creative place and as the years went by people were sort of spreading out that I had been working with a lot of people came to New York and at that time about how long ago was that maybe thirteen or so years ago I felt like I needed to be pushed a little bit more than I felt like I was there at the time and I wanted to be re inspired and it was literally just I remember I was walking to a gig at Joe's pub and I was on second Avenue downtown and just from one step to the next I was like oh I'm going to move back home and then I did it with there if I wanted to be pushed and inspired and hit back I also wanted to come home you have this residency in barbells you're about halfway through what is it that you like about performing in that space it's a really cool space I love barbets it's tiny Olivier who is the owner of by best he's created something so special and I think I have an affinity also because it's a local performance based kind of like what I grew up in very small and intimate and it's a place where you he lets us whoever he plays a we can do whatever we want to experiment and if you get thirty people in my bed you can feel like a sold out Madison Square Garden and acts like packed and it's hot and sticky and it's a place where I can also play acoustically a lot which I really enjoy often amplified in bigger spaces and it's really nice feel to play the cello as it was built to be played there's I enjoy all the other things they do but to return to an acoustic sound there is always really special to me and I can listen differently and I can play differently because of the way the sound is coming out of the cello and it's just it's a neighborhood spot you know and it's I play at six o'clock so especially in January people sort of fatigue from all the excitement of the holidays it's like a nice way to sort of chill out on a Saturday night and people come I know people I don't know common then you carry on into the night what is it that you wanted to explore you said a live a let you do what whatever it is you want what was on your mind what was in you that you wanted to just kind I try out this January this January because of Haiti's town I had less time this year to write I didn't spend as much time writing as I have in the past and I wrote to him and asked if I could come back before I had figured out what he wanted to do and then I realized that I wanted to do covers and there's so many people friends of mine particularly who are professionals out here doing their thing whose songs I love and I decided there plenty of beautiful songs already here and I'll learn some of those songs that I've been listening to a friends of mine like Jonas police woman or Christina cordon or morally and I love being able to sing my friends songs as well so that's what we're doing a lot of this month and that will be Saturday nights it for the rest of January up our bass at six PM you mentioned Haiti's town you associate with Haiti's down for awhile for a long time tell us about your initial initial encounter with it and then what it's like now to be on Broadway well initially toxic of who's who is one of the arrangers of all of the band and a producer he we were together for years in the bay area in the nineties and early two thousands and then when I moved home to New York he called me and asked me to come and play on the recording session I was like okay you know we went to Brooklyn recording and that was the original Haiti's town concept album and we did and you know it was beautiful music and it was really fun people I knew and then it was years later three years ago that he called again and was like do you member that concept album well now it's gonna be a theatrical production and I'm putting together the band and I love you to be in it so that was the band that got started with Haiti's town at New York theater workshop and then just a year ago we got the call that it was actually going to Broadway and so it's the same band from New York their workshop that's on Broadway and we're none of us had ever done Broadway before we're all like band leaders and sort of more downtown type folks and so it's been really fun for all of us to be in that building and to get to know this culture of work which is very new to all of us I'm going to the same place every day and doing the same thing every day there are lot of world improvisers so it's been an learning experience and something I really I've come to love I like the vocational aspect of it like you get there and say hi to the Brandon is at the door to see Kevin the week man like I like that part of it you see your team yeah town that date last night you know and it's great it is time you know people that come to hear it in cedar really excited to be there were very lucky to have full houses and people who are happy to be there when Andrea shields walks out that we all stumble out he gets a roaring applause every night and it's thrilling to be of the play to people who are excited to be there and you were part of the show the man is right there on the stage just not it's it's integral to the experience and it's yeah I like being on stage I have to say it's really fun I did get in I can see some of the audience and I had always fun to watch people watching the show and it's wonderful to watch all the actors on stage because there's so many little details that they change looks people give each other the audience can't see and it's it's a thrill I have to say I'm I'm surprised how much I'm enjoying it and grateful yeah my guest is America Hughes the cellist we play another song first mereka absolutely we're gonna play a song I'm along the lines of these covers I've been looking at this is a song by Christina cordon who's a beautiful violinist and composer and singer and she's also a sub on violin at Haiti's town and I heard this song of hers maybe fifteen years ago and fell in love with it and was very happy to get to.
"andrea shields" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"All of these great shows were happening but I quickly realized Andre Andrea Shields was doing a show that African Americans during that time were the entertainment and I understood what it was to perform and what it was to feel those feelings from people who were excited about what you did eight or people who jumped to stand clap for you but I didn't WanNa be just the entertainment now you gotta understand the time period then the different timing. I was a black kid that was I didn't WanNa be in that box. I didn't WanNa be labeled and this is way before. Unconventional catching came along so I made a decision to become a dramatic actor then I think that that you know really in many ways surprised my mother and surprised other people because are we supposed to be this big musical comedy star but I wanted to move people from one level to another not because I was just doing the black shows on Broadway and those black folks they could show a sing and dance really nice. I wanted went to be more than that and I wanted to play characters and rolls that had depth and then <hes> African Americans weren't written for with that kind of depth so I'd made a decision I am going to go and do straight dramatic plays. When was this this was probably one thousand nine hundred seventy seven ten years into my short career and had you already gone? I know at one point you went and got a two year degree in Radio T._V.. Communication was that part of the transition to that the point where you're thinking Lemme are myself with with a variety of options. You're exactly right. My mother was very smart. She said you don't WanNa put all your eggs in one basket then so I loved radio and I had I had gone for this degree we because I felt like I could be successful on the radio which would be totally fine for me and give me another outlet. I also wanted to have some kind of skill and for me. It's always been about my head and my hands they say the Jesus came into his own at thirty-three because his heart is his hands all came together at one time and for me back then I did all my own operating you know so I knew how to do that. Spin my records had a show on on the air called jazz this time with G. and that was at a time where I was little over seventeen eighteen years old and too young to be old too old to be young and so there were no roles coming my way nothing I could really capture because here I am still you know a song in dance guy and I hadn't really done my work to become a dramatic actor. I had done a soap opera so I knew that was about but I wanted. I wanted to deepen my pratt and so that was the beginning of me sort of making in this decision that I would I would follow this route and become this dynamic actor and I wouldn't have look at that time for me. My idol and who still is my idol and Sydney portia and I felt like he never never played a color. So why do I gotta play color. Why do I you know and eventually we can get to the we get to the point where I go for auditions and it was really disconcerting? My Name's Giancarlo Sposato and people thought maybe I was white and I'd go in and see all these white guys sitting there and they'd come over to go. Oh I'm so sorry we we just didn't know we. I said Oh you WANNA white guy and they would apologized and I walk out that crushed me yeah. So why can't I play. Why does he have to be why why can't Senate be about meritocracy than I didn't understand? I was so you're a moment ago. You mentioned Jesus and I had read somewhere along the line. You had thought about being coming a priest I sure did I went to a military academy called Mount Saint Joseph Military Academy in Newburgh New York and there was something always I was raised.
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Only woman nominated in the category this year. So let's take a listen to her acceptance speech, a piece of it, and this is why I wish I wasn't the only woman directing a musical on Broadway. Many women ready to go. There are so many artists of color, who are ready to go, and we need to see that racial diversity gender diversity reflected in our critical establishment to this is not a pipeline. If you it is a failure of the magic nation by field whose job is to imagine the way the world's could be I like that theme of ready to go home much the right there. What did you think about her win? I thought the exact right person. I'm a really big fan of Haiti's town. And I think that Rachel tough can is one of the most inventive directors that we have right now, but I also really liked what you said, because I actually knew organs that tape, and I put some numbers for you. The Asian American performers action coalition every year that kind of take a look back and see, like what the percentage of what the racial breakdown is for actors and they do they don't do this past year to the previous season like the last quarter. Okay. Then, like African American actors just under twenty percent Asian American seven percent Middle Eastern less than one percent. American Indian first nation zero percent at that point disabilities. Like point three percent. The numbers are so bad and then to ninety five percent of all plays musicals on Broadway, that season were written by white people. I mean it's all is awful and she's right? There's such exciting work happening off Broadway right now. There are plenty of women playwrights, plenty of people of color, playwrights. There's, there's no reason why they're not on our biggest ages who was. She talking to. She talking to producers Jackson. I think. Yeah. In the large part she was talking to producers. And she I was sort of in the press room at the Tonys afterwards, and she elaborated on it, and she was making the point that there are so many people who are talented off Broadway and regional theater, doing things that are different who have the skills, and a lot of times, people sort of imagined that having directed on Broadway is the prerequisite to be hired to direct on Broadway. There are a lot of directors, especially way men who are hired. Again. And again, Jomon tallow Coleman these people who are known to be reliable. But she's saying you don't to doing Exxon probably shouldn't be the prerequisite to be hired again. And there's a lot of times where there are people who profess progressive sympathies. She talked about in her speech, we don't sort of live, that actual ability, who, don't take the risk with the money to back, something like Haiti's town, or toback. These shows that slowly started to come to probably doing something different, but it takes awhile for that, too for money to actually go there. I do think that is a good example though of, of, of maybe things are changing a little bit like all female creative team. Exactly creative team and a very racial caste, and in also, like the last six years, it came from developing a nonprofit and non profits are nonprofit, and so they can take more risks than the for profit theater. So maybe maybe Broadway's trusting those a little. More and also they have their own houses. You know on Broadway, as making a big difference. I think hate his town home, so many awards, I think, sort of the one that made everybody feel all warm and fuzzy with Andrea shields winning for best feature. Actor so great. He talked about his three rules for a long Tibbett, long longevity linked. Let's listen. To share with you just three cardinal rules by sustainability about jeopardy. One. Surround yourself with people who've is right up when they see you coming. Is the fastest way to get to where you want to be. Three top one bunkum is the bottom of the net. So keep con me. Is it true that this is his first Tony? Yeah, seventy three. Do you think this was particularly for this win? Or was this, a lifetime acknowledgement combo, I think is sort of combination. I mean he is fantastic and Haiti's town. Hermes. The narrator gives this show this verve, and his humor, and also gravitas, designed the perfect role for been with the show on and off through it. It's been developed over more than a decade, really. But he. Yeah. But it's also, I think became at least in the Tony campaign kind of a little bit of a lifetime achievement award. He was the wiz in the whizz. He's, he's been in everything, and he's beloved and into finally get a chance to sort of you have this great role. We're going to honor you for it was a big moment as well. There's actually a little bit of that. There was him. There is a lane may eighty seven and there was Bob macky who I think is eighty something getting their first I Tony Saab machi- for the share show costume. Make sure everybody knows that WNYC theater. Critic, shaven Lasko and vultures. Jackson Henry, we're talking about the Tony awards last night before we leave Haiti's town. I do want to say a NASA won for best score and Jackson you at an article this morning, titled how Hagerstown town pulled off. It's Tony performance with all those lamps. So for people who have not seen Haiti's town. It's good. I will say the lamps lamp that the people love the lamps and there, there's a sequence of the performance did was a modified version of the song. Wait for me. And eighties town is about the story of Orpheus in your itchy. But as a folk musical and Richie goes to the underworld, which is also the sort of industrial capital and Orpheus follows after an in the sequence where he's following he sings this beautiful song for me and the way they staged it, which Rachel child kin, sort of has said was her first idea for the image of I sort of visual image. He wanted to use the show is are these giant swinging lamps that the sort of workers chorus characters swing? Around Orpheus, as he sings, and it's this beautiful moving moment, but they had to figure out how to stage it in Radio City for the Tony awards and do it outside of their theater. And I was talking to the lighting designer before the show sort of after the dress rehearsal said, you know, we had thirty minutes to tech the lamps and then an hour of rehearsal with them because we should say that swing out over the audience, they're giant, they have Edison bulbs. I worried for Reeve Carney, the whole time you think, you know, part of challenge of it is he going to get, you know, that he isn't danger in some way, and they run into each other and all of these things, but they worked with the CBS videographers to find the right camera angles and they had a dress rehearsal. And so it was sort of like an hour and a half, plus address rehearsal, plus some time during the day before the show, but they had to figure it all out, but it was sort of key to establishing I think, what they wanted to do is to show. This is kind of inventiveness of our show. You want to buy tickets to see these sorts of attempts to really do do a big statement. Do you think that, that it had the same power on the Tony's had? Real life because I was thinking when I saw that in real life. It made me cry that image is so beautiful, and, like where it came in the show, and I wasn't sure if the Tonys, if it had the same kind of impact for me, and I'm gonna play this next the song. I heard the song more present. What worm that song? Really is. Let's take a listen to wait for me from Haiti's town how to get his time. You have to take the long way down through the of the ground of night, laying low staying out of sight. No map just for telephone..
"andrea shields" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"Patrick page for eighty sound germy pawprint, proud and a from Sykes for ain't too proud. I think the gut reaction when you see something like this, where you've got two pairs of people from the same shows to me sound too, for me, too proud. Is that you sort of think the other guy has the advantage, except that in this case Andrea shields is such a veteran and then you have these two relative newcomers from eight to proud. I don't know how you pick between the two into proud guys who are both excellent as members the stations, and I think, Andy gresh solution is fine. Intouch very good. But it doesn't feel like enough there to, to merit a win. So the two guys from Haiti's town, both excellent. Patrick page with that booming voice as Haiti's and Andre shields, as basically the MC of the production is the storyteller guides us through, he's the messenger. I feel like it's got to be him. Right. You know, it's hard to imagine a scenario in which he doesn't win as you say, he's an absolutely beloved veteran. The industry with a history fifty or so years in the business. He's in his seventies now he hasn't been on Broadway, and ten years is never wanted, Tony. He's a phenomenal force in not just African American theater. But in theater in general, and I think it's a wonderful performance its plan boy and showy but it's also it draws you in as a kind of conspiratorial aspect to to the way he draws you in the way he sort of invested in the story, but also detached from it that requires a real balancing act, and I think he's pretty wonderful. But if there's a surprise here, I would think it's gonna come from one of the into proud guys and I love Jeremy pope. I think doing that as we said back to back performances in choirboy ain't too, proud is really something and speaks highly of his energy and commitment at this young age. But I was blown away, by the way, he moves the way he sings on stage, the pay off he invested in this very troubled conflicted. Character I thought was great. His performance has David Ruffin if. Had to pick a dark horse. I would pick out from Sykes. All right forms by featured actress musical Lilli Cooper Tutsi in the, Jessica Lang part, amber gray in Haiti's town star styles and Tutsi in the Terry are part alley stroke in Oklahoma, as any, and Mary, Testa, as Eller also in Oklahoma. I thought emigre was great in both the great comet. And now again, back with rich Trafton in Haiti's town. But I would be surprised based on the way things of broken so far, L stroke, or is not the winner, and that would be Sorek in the sense that the first disabled actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony. That would be quite a moment. And I think that's where we're headed. Yeah. I gotta agree. I don't think I had a more enjoyable time on Broadway. Any point in the season. Watching alley stroke are absolutely jubilant. While singing, I'm just a girl who can't say, no, the idea of this woman in a wheelchair who is just. With this sexual exploding out of her. It was almost revolutionary, and it was such a high point in that show, which is often very melancholy, very downbeat..
"andrea shields" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"It's a tough category. Not just because of his apps, but I think I would go with Benjamin Walker. He I think he's really an underrated actor and he brings a pay off to that character that I wasn't always aware of imposs- productions of all my sons. And again, it's a very good on samba Jack O'Brien is very good with a large ensemble. And I think he keeps them unified, Tracy Letts does great work and it bending, superb work. But. Jim Walker manages to stand out in that crowd, that to me is worth something I'd have no problem at all if that happened. But my kind of gut feeling is that the one actor from the on some of the boys in the band, who is nominated is Robin days, and I feel like this may be the people may sees that as a place to do it. I don't feel so he's, he's a much love Broadway performance Macaj fall and in the heights. And, you know, he's again, a real trooper I think you did terrific work in the boys in the band, and it would be a very dignified win. There's also a lot of support for birdie carbon who won the city was great one, the parallel awarded the alleviates in London for the same role, but that one it bothers me because I feel like the same way that it's hard to swallow the idea that is nominated, but Tracy Letts as an Laurie Metcalf is nominated, but John Lithgow is not here that birdie Carville, could win and Jonny Lee Miller, isn't even nominated seems a little unfair. But I guess that's the name of the game. And yet, could certainly be it's actually this category probably more than any other is. A place where we might see a disagree surprise. I mean getting lick was great and significant other. I don't feel had that much to do instill among see I really liked him into kill Mockingbird. I love the way he was giving a subtle kind of wink of the linked to Truman Capote, the sense that this is a young boy, who was going to grow into a gay man. I think all of that is very understated and just woven into the performance in quite subtle ways. I also think Brennan around, which is terrific. I don't ever think I've seen him giving on interesting performance. I think he's great in burn this for me burn this. The weakness is I don't think the play holds up particularly well well the guns to my head for the Welwyn. I'm going to go with Robin days, but agree with you. All right. Featured actress in a play fiancial Flanagan for the Ferryman Celia Keenan Bolger for kill Magdeburg Kristine. Nielsen and Julie white, both for Gary a sequel, Titus andronicus and Ruth Wilson for king. Lear the one actress nominated there, there is not a nomination this year, sort of somewhat surprisingly for Glenda, Jackson who won. Year. I think that this seems to really be most people would agree for the shit, and the well Celia Keenan Bolger. Absolutely. She again, someone with a great history Broadway in the last ten fifteen years, she has done, very consistent work over number of productions both plays and musicals starting with the lovely twenty fifth annual Putnam county spelling bee and I think what she does playing scout Finch is really interesting. It's hard for Natalie play a kid, s she's doing one for two forty three years old. She's playing eight year old perfectly never you never question now veracity, the performance and I love flanigan's performance in the Ferryman as well. She may get some traction, the other, you know, I think very worthy nominations, but I do think it Celia Keenan bowl. Yes. Best performance by a featured actor in a musical. Andrea shields eighties town. Andy crowd Aleutian for Tutsi. Good job..
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"That's what Haiti style is heavy at Stasi. One of the things I love the band on stage. Short shot up to Mirka Hughes. She's she's, she's on the street and pointed at me. And our, our whole band actually heard from downtown uptown. Michael, yeah. What does that do for production? Because in the in the great comet, a lot of the music was on stage, Josh. Accordions. What does that do for production? Yeah. I, I mean, I think me and I don't want to speak for David Newman are choreographer. But one of the things he and I talk a lot about is, is capturing every shred of this glorious music in the physical in some way. And so certainly there, there are lines from Rica's cello that are in how one of the dancers moving their shoulder. And I think that is happens all the more. So when you can actually see the musicians making the music I mean it's just it's anathema to me to ever think about putting not being able to have access visual access to the music that's happening because because that's one of the glories of the live event is that all of these artists are present making making this work happened. So there's some complexities about sound. Putting putting dear Ben per hausky into a soundproof hut. But, but yeah, I can't imagine not seeing them. My guests are Andrea shield. Rachel chaff, Kenan Aeneas Mitchell were talking about Haiti's town, which is currently on Broadway. I do want to talk about the song the wall, because it's so interesting. So there's a song that Haiti sings it on a couple of one is because you wrote it a decade ago and we're, it's for everybody went wall and thought politics right away. I mean it does have a political undertone to it, but the song was written ten years ago. Hayes singing it, and he's talking about keeping poverty out because to keep us safe. So let's play a little bit of the song. And then we'll talk about it on the other side. Oh..
"andrea shields" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"Marijuana state. Senator Donna, Campbell's Bill would expand the state's compassionate use act to include all forms of epilepsy. MS LS, terminal cancer, autism and other conditions season between the doctor and a patient. The college is the specialist. Somebody who's got terminal cancer. It's up to them. And at some point, I've got to leave it to the doctor's discretion since the Bill. The Senate passed expanded medical marijuana use far beyond the original house, Bill, it will need to go back to the house for final approval at the capitol, Chris, FOX News Radio KLBJ city of Austin, breathes Asya relief. Following the demise of legislation aimed at preventing the council from imposing mandatory sick leave or guaranteed scheduling on the private. Sector. Former councilmember L, trucks clear. A small business owner herself where he's this will negatively impact companies wanting to come to Texas. I am a business owner looking to relocate or looking to expand Texas is no longer a bright shining, beacon for me. If I see these local governments being able to do whatever they want local ordinances like paid sick leave, or the polar. Opposite of Texas, historically low regulatory environment. Travis county puts a focus on low income housing for seniors using thirty one million voter-approved dollars. The county will finance construction of the legacy ranch. East offering forty four units to seniors with incomes below fifty percent. The median income fifty seven for those making below seventy percent and thirty for those below eighty percent. Andrea shields is the county's managing director of corporations also offer. Forty six units at market rate. Travis county, having Finance Corporation will be the general partner in general contractor and the Austin round rock, metros population of those sixty five and older is the second, fastest growing, and all of America after Osborne News Radio. DJ. Us. Economy still growing with the Dallas Federal Reserve say one of the big things holding the area back as a tight labor market fed officials believe a faster population, growth would ease. Those restrictions KLBJ news time, four whore time to take a look at Austin's on time traffic.
"andrea shields" Discussed on KLBJ 590AM
"Asked you to pay attention to the barricades pay attention to the high water signs who use do not drive through standing or swiftwater Oklahoma emergency management. Mark Gallard dozens of counties under a state of emergency with flooding also plaguing much of southeast Kansas in south west, Missouri. Following dozens of tornadoes and pilot storms. Lisa. Thanks, john. This is Fox News. Newsradio kale. B J. I'm John truly and toughing Austin's news. The private sector suffers a defeat at the capitol after legislation seeking do band city councils from imposing mandatory paid sick. Leave on private businesses fizzles out from Austin councilmember Elon Musk later says that kind of ordinance is not line with Texas regulatory environment which has attracted so many companies I own a small residential real estate brokerage. And it is it is hard, not only from the financial side of things, but just complying with everything that you need to comply with most city council maintains its position that paid sick. Leave is a fundamental right along with guaranteed scheduling Travis county puts a focus on low income housing for seniors. You think thirty one million in voter-approved dollars. The county will finance construction of the legacy ranch at east offering forty four units to seniors with incomes below fifty percent. The median income Fifty-seven for those making below seventy percent and thirty for those below eighty percent. Andrea shields is the county's managing director of corporations loss. Offer Forty-six units at market rate. Travis county housing, Finance Corporation will be the general partner in general contractor and the Austin round rock, metros population of those sixty five and older is the second fastest growing, and all of America, Patrick, Osborne, NewsRadio LBJ. Awesome economy is humming right along, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve. Looking at the past couple of months. The feds Christopher slake says there are a few things holding at Bank, primarily a tight labor market. We've been saying this for a while now but I think that we're really starting to the point and our business contacts in agreement that it's difficult to just find workers to fill any position that this point says Austin may be in a bit of a cooling off period for now as grow slows in terms of jobs and.
"andrea shields" Discussed on Little Gold Men
"People are like, wait witch, and I'm like, oh, you didn't read Greek myths as a child, and I think it's harder sort of thing to board on. Person who sometimes appears on this podcast, Hillary abuse set a very funny story of going to see it, and somebody guessing the ending and she was like. All right. Don't don't you know, like the story is for why sorry for story just look back or not. Apparently, somebody called it in the audience that she saw. I mean, I think that for me, maybe it's not obvious. Or maybe I'm don't know being too general, but like the comparison point would be spring, awakening which was young fresh. How does sort of hip deportment? I mean this Haiti's time is not about like youth issues. Exactly. But like, I think in some ways, that's what hampers Haiti's town is that like spring, awakening, which was alienating and somebody's because they had swears nudity, and whatever it addressed tangible things in a way that Haiti's town may be doesn't. And so it's maybe the wall song is not quite enough for an older voter to lock into and say, this is why this show's important the other difference is that like spring awakenings music was essentially pop on, and the focus of the Haiti's town score might be more like it's beautiful but might be more alien, meaning than something like spring awakening, which did have this incredibly sort of poppy theory like you. You know, in the sort of vein of, you know, rent or something score that fit right in with what people were used to at the point on Rodway and it hit us down. I think the other thing that we haven't talked about the featured acting categories, but it has these two sort of stellar performances from amber, gray who plays per seventy and the version of is she's drunk and she hates going to the underworld to live with eighties all the time and Haiti's is Patrick page who's been brought by. He was in speaking with spring awakening for a bit, too. And Andre does shield and Andrea shields, as well as Hermes, but the three of them really. And especially the relationship between Hades and process. Any is played with incredible detail, and they both have these stellar songs. He has a song. He plays it sort of Trump ish industrialists..
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"I saw you in the whizz when I was ten. Name is behaving. Yes. Oh, the full Monty. I don't know. You haven't seen? Mired? When you walked in somebody in the newsroom tweeted like, oh my God the whiz just walked by. You know in the whizz, I was called Mr. whiz. And now. Mr. Haiti south, I'm called Mr. her is unloving these appellations. Yeah. Yeah, I'm interested in what you think is someone who's been around Broadway for a long time about this move towards race blind casting. We've got your lead. Eva, right. She's half, Filipino and half. Mexican amber gray is by racial. The fates are a little bit of something for everybody. I'm curious has someone who's been in this business for a long time? And you seen it go the other way for a long time. How you feel about it? And how do you think it's going to change theater going forward? First of all longtime. I am celebrating a half century in the theater. I show was nineteen sixty nine. So that's another important. Gold than step in my journey. That's societas with eighty style suit. And he's been gold instead of silver. The is silver, right? The bus was silver. But my party cost you for opening night was gold. Excellent. She is the only the only to the gods. I don't believe in this idea of race blind casting you have to be absolutely aware of race F. And culture and gender. All the important things that make us who we are in order to make the menu as comprehensive as it is in Haiti style. Now, I believe if the must reflect the world in which we live. So if you walk the streets of New York, any street of New York you seeing the world in all of its glory in all of its coolness in all of its contradictions and as performers and authors and writers poets, it's out of it is our responsibility to make sure that if not everybody most of everybody is universally reflected in the art that we create otherwise, we can't tell a true story, and it is her me's responsibility to tell not only a story, but the truest story that he can. And he does that because in this contract if he's made with the audience. The audience doesn't articulated this way, but they come to the feeder. Because they don't have temples ago to and that's where strangers gather to do. What to have question answered? Do you have a problem solve to have a crisis? Resolve a burden lifted a yoke broken now. I know that's highfalutin words. But that's why the people come and experience the three major cardinal gifts of theater, entertainment, enlightenment and ecstasy. That's what Haiti stone is heavy in ecstasy. One of the things I love the band on stage. Short shots, Mirka Hughes of your she's she's she's on the street and pointed at me Fisher. Our whole band actually transferred from downtown uptown, Michael. Yeah. Are in the bay. What does that do for production? Because in in the great comet a lot of the music was on stage. Josh. Whenever the accordions. What does that do for production? Yeah. I I mean, I think me, and I don't want to speak for David Newman are choreographer, but one of the things he and I talk a lot about is is capturing every shred of this glorious music in the physical in some way. And so certainly there are there are lines from Rica's cello that are in how one of the dancers is moving their shoulder. And I think that is happens all the more. So when you can actually see the musicians making the music, I mean, it's just it's anathema to me to ever think about putting not being able to have access visual access to the music that's happening because because that's one of the glories of the live event is that all of these artists are present making making this work happen. So there's some complexities about sound. And. Putting putting your Ben Paschi into a soundproof hut? But but yeah, can't imagine not seeing him. My guests are Andrea shields. Rick Rachel champion s Mitchell were talking about Haiti's town, which is currently on Broadway. I do want wanna talk about the song the wall because it's so interesting. So there's a song that Haiti sings it on a couple of one is because you wrote it a decade ago. And we're it's for everybody went wall and thought politics right away. I mean, it does have a political undertone to it. But the song was written ten years ago. Hayes singing it and he's talking about keeping poverty out because to keep us safe. So let's play a little bit of the song. And then we'll talk about it on the other side. The wall. So you.
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Welcome back to all of it. Thanks so much for joining me this hour. Alison, Stewart Haiti's town thirteen years in the making musical opened on Broadway last week. It started more than a decade ago as a few lyrics and melody, and I may Mitchell's ped- it became an album that gained a cult following that grew into an off Broadway production, which blossomed into a Broadway musical with reviews. That use words like sumptuous sexy and spectacular as one reviewer said, quote going to hell as never been as much fun. As seeing a performance of the musical Hagerstown. The story is based on the myth of Orpheus and your agency. The ancient story of the poet who descends the underworld to retrieve the soul of his dead lover Haiti's king of the underworld allows it with a condition a test really Orpheus has to walk out of the underworld while his wife follows and if he looks behind him she returned to the land of the dead for good guiding the young lovers and us the audience is a narrator who is smooth and has swagger for. Days is Hermes and he's played by theater engine. Andrea shields, high Andre hey here, he is with Orpheus explaining what the young man must do to save his beloved and Orpheus by Reeve Carney, pleading with his love just to hold on. You have to take the long way down on the ground on the cover of night and low stay in sight eight no comes with brother ain't no matter if the telephone why and a railroad sat on Walton and don't bother. In the.
"andrea shields" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Life lesson. What am I dance friends was she just was obsessing about how you walk down the stairs. She was like I'm going to hold onto that. So Rachel as director, you get a hold of the script, and this music where does it seems like there's just so much opportunity here. What is it that you wanted to bring out what did you think needed to come to the forefront? So that we the audience are in from the beginning. Yeah. I mean, the so I didn't counter the studio album, first and foremost when I started kind of getting to know each other and twenty twelve twenty thirteen and actually we started not so much. I did green one particular visual to an asset which was this idea of the swinging lamps that was like the first image that I ever had him. When later you told me the story of of that song coming to you all driving. I was like, oh, of course. I was seeing the the streetlamps Passover your windshield as you're like going to your love. So so that felt really we use this lot. But like cosmic, but actually we spent years. Mostly talking about story. And so there was sort of there was the libretto at that time that we looked at but more than anything actually spent time with the studio album that was sort of this record of the original theatre work that had begun to happen in Vermont. And we talk through what was like being achieved with each song. And what characters already felt present. And who I felt like I was tracking and more than anything being an audience member in going. Well, this is what I've learned where where did where did per seven go between these five songs. Okay. Well, that feels like it's to be filled in and so very slowly NS was writing and writing and writing more, and then and then at a certain point revising to kind of fill in that story architecture. So that was that was the big thing that I was looking at one of the reviews. Interesting. It said it went from cool to gorgeous. Yeah. Off broader is cool and on Broadway. It's core. Gis what changed a lot of things changed? I mean, certainly if I think about those two words specifically like downtown, the show is still very much in process. And so a lot of the storytelling was done at microphones. There is still a huge nod to sort of the concert background. The fact that the piece was still very much rooted as a music event, first and foremost and not a dramatic event in the sense of like live action happening in space. So one of the significant things that happen is we got rid of those microphones they became law on the actors faces other than Hermes storytelling. Mike, the beautiful to headed Mike, and and the staging got larger and so as Orpheus journeys down into the underworld, you feel a sense of physical journey as a result and the physical production to match, but the other. Huge thing that happened is thematically and writing wise, the show just got twenty stories deeper and a big part of that was I think the addition of the workers chorus which we had begun thinking like that knowing that we wanted in the future at New York theatre workshop, but couldn't afford it. And when have had anywhere to put them anyway. Space. But we added the workers course in Canada. And then they really grew into themselves as an entity as a character in London, and now on Broadway, and that was both the addition of this like extraordinary group of actor singer, performer dancers who just like enrich the theater of the peace so much. But also, I think more importantly, it was always clear what Orpheus is walk meant for Eurydice and for him because it meant, you know, getting getting getting each other's love back in the in the world. But what? But this piece is always had political undertones of Haiti's town as this oppressive state. And so what wasn't clear was the consequences of Orpheus walk and just daring to ask Haiti's, can we go? And so that simple question of ask of just asking power. Can we change? Can we have this freedom? That the ramifications of that really only began to become clear in the show. Once we added those those workers, my guess, Rachel chaff can Anees Mitchell. And Andrea shields we're talking about Haiti's town, which by the way was nominated for twelve outer circle awards just today. So another change was the addition of Hermes as our narrator. I mean, that's not anywhere in the myths. Why did you feel like we needed her miss? Yeah. Well, as Rachel was saying, you know, this is my process with Rachel has been Rachel has been a very loving and aggressive MVP John matured on this show for six years. And and especially because I come from the music world come from song writing world and Rachel comes from theater. And it's like I think at near two workshop we were asking a lot of patients of people the caves just be okay with that. This is going to be a three and a half minute song. And there may or may not be an event or result. You know, it just get a hang out in it. And then trying to. Bring the peace further and further towards what feels like generous, storytelling and the Hermes. Character has a narrator is a really has been a really important part of that. And I loved Andrea what I heard you say the other day about something about Hermes coming out there at the beginning of the show and making almost like a contract with the audience, and he says, you know, the first thing he says, he's all right. You know in the company says, all right? And then he says it to the audience and the audience says it he says it differently than I do. But. What was it that you said in the interview that you that you are the contract was you will be you may be changed? Let the contract that Hermes is establishing with the audience. He says I. Join us on this journey. Mhm? You may be challenged. You may even be changed that you will not be harmed. And their response is a joyous. I. Even though you let us know. This is a sad song. And we're going to tell it again. Yeah. But this when we learn our lessons about how to live joyous life. But listening to sad songs. Listening to sad poetry. Going through the Rolodex of our mind of the most sad experiences. We've ever had. And then making that right? I wanna I saw you in the whizz when I was ten. Behave. Oh, full Monty. I don't know. You haven't seen? But I have admired. When you walked in somebody in the newsroom tweeted like oh my God. The wiz just walked by. You know in the whizz was called, Mr. whiz. And now, Mr. Haiti, Sal, I'm called Mr. his unloving these appellations. Yeah. I'm interested in what you think is someone who's been around Broadway for a long time about this move towards race blind casting. You've got your lead. Eva, right. She had he's half, Filipino and half. Mexican amber gray is by racial. The fates are a little bit of something for everybody. I'm curious has someone who's been in this business for a long time? And you seen it go the other way for a long time. How you feel about it? And how do you think it's going to change the going forward first of all longtime? I am celebrating a half century in the theater. Yeah. Professional shows nineteen sixty nine so that's another important. Gold than step in my journey. That's a sociopath with Haiti's tile. I be gold instead of silver. No, no, no, the silver, right? The bus was silver. But my party costume for opening night was gold. Excellent. The only the only to the gods. I don't believe in this idea of race blind casting you have to be absolutely aware of race. And. And culture and gender. All the important things that make us who we are in order to make the menu as comprehensive as it is in Haiti style. Now, I believe that the must reflect the world in which we live. So if you walk the streets of New York, any street of New York you seeing the world in all of its glory in all of its coolness in all of its contradictions and as performers and authors and writers poets it's out of it is obvious sponsor -bility to make sure that if not everybody most of everybody is universally reflected in the art that we create otherwise, we can't tell a true story, and it is harming his responsibility to tell not only a story, but the truest story that he can. And he does that because in this contract if he's made with the audience. The audience doesn't articulated this way, but they come to the theater. Because they don't have a temple to go to and that's where strangers gather to do. What do you have a question answered to have a problem solve to have a crisis? Resolve a burden lifted to yoke broken. Now. I know that's high Luton words, but that's why the people come and experience the three major cardinal gifts of the theater, entertainment, enlightenment and ecstasy. That's what Haiti stone is heavy in ecstasy. One of the things I love the band on stage short shout to Mirka Hughes. Of you. On the street and pointed at me. Rica, and our our whole band actually heard from downtown, Michael. Yeah. Yeah. What does that do for production? Because in in the great comet a lot of the music was on stage. Josh the accordions what does that do for production? Yeah. I I mean, I think me, and I don't want to speak for David Newman are choreographer, but one of the things he and I talk a lot about is is capturing every shred of this glorious music in the physical in some way. And so certainly there are there are lines from Rica's cello that are in how one of the dancers is moving their shoulder. And I think that is happens all the more. So when you can actually see the musicians making music, I mean, it's just it's anathema to me to ever think about putting not being able to have access visual access to the music that's happening because because that's one of the glories of the live event is that all of these artists are present making making this work. So there's some complexities about sound. Putting putting dear Ben Paschi into a soundproof hut. But but yeah, can't imagine not seeing them. My guests are Andrea shields. Rachel, Rachel, Kenan. Anees Mitchell were talking about Haiti's town, which is currently on Broadway. I do want to talk about the song the wall because it's so interesting. So there's a song that Haiti sings it on a couple of one is because you wrote it a decade ago. It's for everybody went wall and thought politics right away. I mean, it does have a political undertone to it. But the song was written ten years ago. Hayes singing it and he's talking about keeping poverty out because to keep us safe. So let's play a little bit of the song. And then we'll talk about it on the other side. The wall. So you.
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"To all of it. Thanks so much for joining this hour and Stewart Haiti's town thirteen years in the making musical opened on Broadway last week. It started more than a decade ago as a few lyrics and a melody and Mitchell's ped- it became an album that gained a cult following that grew into an off Broadway production, which blossomed into a Broadway musical with reviews. That use words like sumptuous sexy and spectacular as one reviewer said, quote, going to hell has never been as much fun. As seeing a performance of the musical Haiti's town. The story is based on the myth of Orpheus and your agency. The ancient story of the poet who descends the world to retrieve the soul of his dead lover Haiti's. King of the underworld allows it with a condition test really Orpheus has to walk out of the underworld while his wife follows and if he looks behind him she returned to the land of the dead for good guiding the young lovers and us the audience is a narrator who is smooth and has swagger for days. Is Hermes and he's played by theater engine. Andrea shields, high Andre. Here. He is with Orpheus explaining what the young man must do to save his beloved and Orpheus Carney pleading with his love just to hold on. Have to take the long way down on the ground on the cover of laying low stay in other eight no, compass brother ain't no Matt telephone wire and a railroad track on walking and don't bother. In the.