When Baltimore native and Baltimore City College graduate André De Shields won a Tony award on June 9, he shouted out his hometown from the stage.
“Baltimore, Maryland, are you in the house?” said De Shields, according to broadway.com. “I hope you’re watching at home because I am making good on my promise that I would come to New York and become someone you’d be proud to call your native son.”
De Shields won for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown,” a stage musical adaptation of the 2010 folk album of the same name by singer-songwriter, Anaïs Mitchell.
In 1964, De Shields graduated from City College and embarked on his now 50-year career.
He was later inducted into the alumni association hall of fame, where his photo can be seen hanging on the walls of City College.