When Playbill exclaimed “Hadestown Swing T. Oliver Reid Saves the Day as “Auntie Fate,” the venerable stage performer and dance captain was already well-versed with the entire production. After continued rave reviews, and dedicated time spent perfecting the craft, Reid eventually replaced the indefatigable Tony award winning icon André de Shields as “Hermes.” (Not to worry, the two gentlemen reunited on the Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, where Reid serves as Associate Movement Director.) Reid, a North Carolina native, made his Broadway debut in Chicago. Fourteen shows later, his credits include Once on This Island, After Midnight, Mary Poppins, Sister Act, the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls with Lillias White, Heather Headley and Audra McDonald, and many more. Reid co-founded Black Theatre Coalition, an organization created to dismantle the systemically racist and biased ideology in the theatrical job space. —T.T.
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