Town Square

Hadestown and Tony-Award winning actor André De Shields

We’ll discuss the life and career of this Broadway legend, plus a preview of the Hadestown national tour with the actress who plays Eurydice.


ANDRE DE SHIELDS. Photo by Lia Chang


To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:

<iframe src="" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

The Tony Award-winning musical, Hadestown, is a retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice put in a Great Depression-era inspired setting.

Our special guest is legendary Broadway actor André De Shields who originated the role of Hermes in the Original Broadway production of Hadestown which won him his first Tony Award at the age of 73. De Shields is currently starring on Broadway as Ben Loman in Death of a Salesman.

We also talk with Hannah Whitley, who makes her national tour debut in Hadestown as Eurydice. Plus, we discuss the Greek mythology behind the celebrated musical.

Hadestown National Tour 10-01-21, Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

Hadestown is at The Hobby Center in Houston October 4-9, 2022. For more information, click here.



Andre De Shields

  • Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winner
  • Actor, Singer, Dancer, Director, and Choreographer

Hannah Whitley

  • Actress, Singer, and Dancer

Dr. Janet Lowery

  • Professor of English, University of St. Thomas

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.


This article is part of the podcast Town Square with Ernie Manouse

  • Subscribe on Apple Podcasts
  • Subscribe on Google Podcasts
  • Subscribe on Spotify
  • Subscribe on TuneIn
  • Subscribe on iHeart
  • Subscribe on Pandora
  • Subscribe on RadioPublic
  • Subscribe on Pocket Casts
  • Subscribe on Overcast
  • Subscribe on Amazon Music
  • Subscribe via RSS