Norm Lewis Cast As Broadway’s First African-American Phantom

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March 20, 2014 | 6:56pm EST

Actor Norm Lewis has been cast as Broadway’s first African-American Phantom Of The Opera.
The Tony Award nominee will make history when he dons the iconic white mask in May and follows in the footsteps of Michael Crawford, who originated the role in 1986.
Lewis was last on the Great White Way as Porgy in the 2012 revival of Porgy and Bess, for which he earned his first Tony nomination. His other Broadway credits include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Chicago.
The Phantom of the Opera is currently the longest-running musical on Broadway. Since its debut in 1988, it has hit the stage over 10,800 times.