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.