Only a few months ago, Andre DeShields was on Broadway (in Play On!) singing about "Rocks In My Bed." The complaint has ultimately led him to two doctors -- One is "Doc" Simon -- the famous nickname for playwright Neil Simon. The other is Simon's 1973 play based on stories by Anton Chekhov, The Good Doctor.
DeShields will star in that play, in a revival at Off-Broadway's Melting Pot Theatre Company running Feb. 4-March 1. The official opening is Feb. 6.
Other DeShields roles include Ain't Misbehavin' and The Angel Levine at Jewish Repertory Theatre. His co-stars in The Good Doctor include Jane Connell (Crazy For You, Moon Over Buffalo) and her real-life husband of 50 years, Gordon Connell (The Human Comedy). The two were staples of the 1950s New York nightclub scene.
Also in the cast are Sybil Walker (From The Mississippi Delta) and Stuart Zagnit, replacing previously announced Jim Walton, who left to do a show at the Signature Theatre in Virginia.
Doing the The Good Doctor's dressings will be Ted Simpson (set), Dewayne Kirchner (costumes) and Debra Dumas (lighting). Founded by artistic director Larry Hirschorn and managing director Catherine Dupuis, the Melting Pot got off to a critically acclaimed start last season with the musical, The Portable Pioneer And Prairie Show, and the African-American drama, Home. Their most recent revival was Harry Chapin's Cotton Patch Gospel.
For tickets ($25) and information on The Good Doctor at the Melting Pot in the Theatre at Riverside Church on 120th St., call (212) 279-4200.
-- By David Lefkowitz