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Norm Lewis, known for his role as Senator Edison Davis on Scandal, will be the first black actor to portray the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
Variety reported that Lewis is no stranger to the stage. Lewis’ previous Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and a 2011 revival of Porgy and Bess. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his work in Porgy and Bess.
May 12 will also mark the return of Sierra Boggess to the show, Entertainment Weekly noted. Boggess will again play the role of Christine, the young opera ingénue and the object of the Phantom’s desires.
The original Phantom of the Opera novel was written by Gaston Leroux. The show was adapted for the West End stage in 1986 by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show made its Broadway debut in 1988, and has since become the longest running Broadway musical in history.
According to Vulture, Lewis will take over the role on May 12.
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