PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pippin's Ariana DeBose and Benjamin Rauhala Pick Performances That Defy "Type"
07 Aug 2014
Norm Lewis in The Phantom of the Opera. Broadway favorite Norm Lewis made a splash on Broadway this spring when he stepped into the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's mega-musical The Phantom of the Opera — a role most often played by Caucasian tenors. One of Broadway's most beloved baritones has made a tradition of defying type — starring as Javert in Les Misérables and as King Triton in The Little Mermaid. This, however, may be his largest and most groundbreaking casting thus far.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.