Tony nominee Norm Lewis (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) will become the first African-American actor to play the title role on Broadway in The Phantom of Opera when he begins performances May 12 at the Majestic Theatre. He will be joined by Sierra Boggess who will be returning to the role of Christine after having played the object of the Phantom’s obsession in the Las Vegas production in 2006, the London 25th anniversary Royal Albert Hall production, and the Broadway 25th anniversary cast last year. Lewis and Boggess have appeared together before when they played father and daughter in The Little Mermaid. (Tony nominee Robert Guillaume was the first African-American actor to ever play the Phantom when he took over from Michael Crawford in the Los Angeles production.)
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement, “Having worked with Norm since the ’90s, when he played John in Miss Saigon on Broadway, and then Javert on Broadway in Les Misérables in 2006, I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is now joining Phantom, matched with Sierra — one of the finest Christines ever. It’s hard to imagine a more exciting pairing, as the show continues its phenomenal, history-making run at the Majestic.”
“This is wonderful news!” said the show’s composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. “I can’t wait to see Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis perform together as Christine and Phantom. Broadway audiences are in for a treat.”
Phantom of the Opera is currently the longest running show in Broadway history. After a smash-hit production in London, the show opened at the Majestic on Jan. 26, 1988 and went on to win seven Tony Awards including Best Musical.