Broadway veteran Norm Lewis takes Mercyhurst stage
Venerated Broadway veteran Norm Lewis will take center stage at Mercyhurst University’s Walker Recital Hall Nov. 1 and 2 as part of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture’s 2018-19 MIAC Live series.
Lewis’ visit will include a master class from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, and a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.
Lewis was recently seen in the NBC television special, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper. He also recently appeared as Agwe in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In May of 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway.
Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS.
Off-Broadway, Lewis has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks.
He has been seen on PBS in the Live from Lincoln Center productions of Show Boat with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis: Who Am I? and New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration with Diane Reeves, as well as American Voices with Renée Fleming and the PBS Special First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb. He can be seen recurring in the VH1 series, Daytime Divas, also alongside Vanessa Williams. His additional television credits include Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist and Blue Bloods, as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.
On film, Lewis can be seen in the newly released drama, Magnum Opus, and has appeared in Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences and Preaching to the Choir.
His solo debut album, “This is The Life,” can be found on Amazon.com as well as cdbaby.com.
Tickets for Lewis’ Friday evening concert are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for students and youth 12 and younger, while Thursday’s master class is free and open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at miac.mercyhurst.edu or by calling the box office at 814-824-3000.
The 2018-19 MIAC Live series is made possible through the generosity of Scott Enterprises, Cumulus Media and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.