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artist who, to borrow one of Ellington's favorite phrases, is beyond category."
A unique and versatile artist, Darius de Haas enjoys a multifaceted career as an award-winning widely acclaimed popular singer and actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, with a musical legacy as the son of jazz bassist, Eddie de Haas (whose sideman credits range from Chet Baker to Peter, Paul, and Mary) and singer Geraldine Bey de Haas (formerly of the group Andy and the Bey Sisters), he has proven successful as a performer ranging from the Broadway stage to concert venues throughout the world.
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He made his Broadway debut in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, followed by Lincoln Center's revival of Carousel, Rent, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Marie Christine, the 20th anniversary concert of Dreamgirls and Hair (both for the Actor's Fund), and City Center’s Encores Broadway Bash. His championing of new musical works has enabled him to introduce and/or record songs written by, among others Stephen Schwartz, William Finn, Ricky Ian Gordon, Diedre Murray, Michael John LaChiusa, Adam Guettel, Kirsten Childs, and John Adams. Notable Off-Broadway, regional, touring and premiere credits include his Obie winning leading performance in the Pulitzer nominated Running Man (Music-Theater Group), Cain in Children of Eden (Papermill Playhouse), Saturn Returns (Public Theater), Cry The Beloved Country (Goodman Theater), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons), Once On This Island (1st National Tour), the opera I Was Looking At The Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, and starred as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar- Gospel at the Alliance Theater. Other premieres include Best Of Both Worlds at Boston's ART and A Star Across The Ocean for New York City Opera Vox Festival.
His stature as a solo artist was launched with his two highly acclaimed concert tributes (to Billy Strayhorn and Stevie Wonder) for Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. His singular abilities and range in popular music, jazz, musical theater and art song have established him as a performer in a variety of settings as well as guest with several orchestras including the National Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, The Philly Pops, The Los Angeles Master Chorale and Luckman Jazz Orchestra, The New York Festival of Song, The Moab Music Festival, and The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater's 50th Gala Celebration. In addition to sharing the stage with such luminaries as Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, Oleta Adams, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Roberta Flack, and his uncle- legendary jazz vocalist Andy Bey, Darius has been a special guest and opening act for Vanessa Williams on her concert tours playing all around the country as well as in Egypt and Japan. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, LA's Disney Concert Hall,The Kennedy Center, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Constitution Hall, and St. John the Divine and is a staple at such New York venues as Birdland and Joe's Pub. Other notable performances include the concerts "Too Hot To Handel" at Carnegie Hall (conducted by Marin Alsop) and Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert of Music at Disney Concert Hall, and numerous solo concerts at venues across the country.
TV appearances include Only Heaven, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, Life 360, In The Life, The View
, Good Morning America, The Today Show, A&E's Private Sessions
. His film work includes Anastasia, Malcolm X, Martin and Orloff, and Chicago (soundtrack). He co-wrote (with Walter Marks) and performed the song "First Amendment Blues" for the film Larry Flynt: The Right To Be Left Alone.
Darius is featured on numerous recordings including his award-winning solo debut CD, Darius de Haas: Day Dream- Variations on Strayhorn. Other recordings include Children of Eden, Marie Christine, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, Fire At Keaton's Bar and Grill, Myths and Hymns, Dreamgirls In Concert, Bright Eyed Joy, The Century Men: Anthems In Disguise, Grace: The Broadway Inspirational Voices, Only Heaven, Hair, The Bubbly Black Girl…, and Quiet Please, with pianist Steven Blier, released December 2010 .