Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess Will Join Broadway Cast of The Phantom of the Opera
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess have been announced to star in the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running hit The Phantom of the Opera, beginning May 12 at the Majestic Theatre.
Lewis and Boggess, who will star in the respective roles of The Phantom and Christine, previously co-starred in the father-daughter roles of King Triton and Ariel, respectively, in the 2007 Broadway production of The Little Mermaid.
Lewis will become the first African-American performer to star as the Phantom in the New York production. Tony Award nominee Robert Guillaume succeeded original star Michael Crawford in the Los Angeles production.
The engagement marks Boggess' return to the musical, following her appearance in the 25th Anniversary Broadway cast of Phantom in 2013, as well as the 25th Anniversary production at London's Royal Albert Hall.
"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," producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement
"This is wonderful news! I can't wait to see Sierra Boggess and Norm Lewis perform together as Christine and Phantom. Broadway audiences are in for a treat," Lloyd Webber also stated.
Lewis, who earned a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, has also bee seen in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Misérables, as well as Sondheim on Sondheim, Side Show, The Wild Party, Dessa Rose and Miss Saigon.
Boggess has also been seen on Broadway in Master Class. She also starred in the London world premiere of the Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies and the original Las Vegas production of Phantom.
The Phantom of the Opera is produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, has music by Lloyd Webber and is directed by Harold Prince. Lyrics are by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe), and the book is by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It has production design by the late Maria Björnson, lighting by Andrew Bridge and sound design by Mick Potter with original sound by Martin Levan. Musical staging and choreography are by Gillian Lynne. Orchestrations are by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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