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Norm Lewis will be making history as the first black male to star in the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera Broadway show.
Lewis is known for his work on the recent revival Porgy and Bess and is a Tony Award nominee. He is also known for his brief role on the ABC hit Scandal.
In a recent phone interview with the Associated Press, Lewis expressed his excitement about joining such a well known and famous Broadway show. "I'm overwhelmed. The idea of doing something that I've always wanted to do and it coming to fruition is amazing," Lewis said.
He went on to explain what an honor it was to join the cast and make history. "I love the show but also to have hopefully set a precedent to see more diversity in casting," Lewis said.
Lewis will be starring opposite Sierra Boggess who will be playing Christine. Their run will start May 12.
Boggess is no stranger to Phantom as she played Christine in the 25th anniversary production of the show at the Royal Albert Hall in London and in the Broadway 25th Anniversary cast last year.
Phantom has grossed more than $5.6 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 130 million people in 27 countries, according to Variety.
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