2019 Tony Awards: André De Shields Is a Winner in Hadestown

Andre De Shields, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for “Hadestown,” poses in the press room for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on June 9, 2019 in New York City.
Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Curtain Call! The 73rd Annual Tony Awards was full of drama (the good kind) in New York City on Sunday night, and the big winner was a town where the wind blows...any way.

Hadestown was, predictably, the biggest winner of the night, picking up eight awards, including Best Musical, Variety reports. On the non-musical side, The Ferryman copped statuettes for big ones, too—Best Play and Best Direction (Sam Mendes).

Advertisement

Let’s get into this blackness, though.

Among the Hadestown winners was none other than André De Shields, who won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. The popular Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations took home one trophy—Best Choreography.

Blackness also shone in what the Tonys are known for—giving y’all a show!

First up, Billy Motherfucking Porter, with his Gypsy performance during commercial-break audience karaoke.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“Everything’s coming up roses,” indeed. And we’re going to continue to give Billy his, because he was really reminding the kids that he has been about this theatrical life.

“I love the Tonys,” the 49-year-old actor told the New York Times. “It was the first award show that I really paid attention to. I saw Jennifer Holliday sing, ‘And I’m Telling You’ from Dreamgirls and realized I could do this for a living. You know, it’s like, ‘Oh wait, there are black people that do this? And they sing like I’d sing in church? I want to do that.‘”

Advertisement

Naturally, his shenanigans had folks hoping for him to host next year—or at a future Tonys ceremony, period. He agrees.

“I want to run all of it,” Porter added in the NYT interview. “For now, this is the steppingstone to hosting the Tonys’.”

Advertisement

This year’s host was James Corden—again, since he hosted the 70th in 2016—so it is about time to add a person of color to the group. Specifically, black, black, blackity-black Billy Porter, perhaps?

Advertisement

Or maybe, Audra McDonald, who shined alongside Laura Linney in a spoof about their “beef,” ignited by Corden.

Advertisement

Tarell Alvin McCraney left a lasting impression when he introduced his play, Choir Boy. The play went on to win Best Sound Design (Fitz Patton).

Advertisement

“The bodies that uphold the legacies of spirituals are often black and queer,” McCraney mused onstage. “When will we love all of them for who they are, not just what they can do?”

Message.

The complete list of The 73rd Tony Awards winners are below:

Best Musical

Hadestown 

Best Play

The Ferryman 

Best Revival of a Play

The Boys in the Band 

Best Revival of a Musical

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! 

Best Book of a Musical

Tootsie 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Hadestown, Music & Lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Bryan Cranston, Network 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Santino Fontana, Tootsie 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Bertie Carvel, Ink 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

André De Shields, Hadestown 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Advertisement

Ali Stroker, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Rob Howell, The Ferryman 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rachel Hauck, Hadestown 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, The Ferryman 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Bob Mackie, The Cher Show 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, Ink

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Bradley King, Hadestown

Best Sound Design of a Play

Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown 

Best Direction of a Play

Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown 

Best Choreography

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown (WINNER)

Share This Story

About the author

Tonja Renée Stidhum

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.