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Norm Lewis


Norm Lewis

Norm Lewis
Lewis performs "Stars", September 10, 2006
Born (1963-06-02) June 2, 1963 (age 51)
Tallahassee, Florida
United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1993–present[1]

Norm Lewis (born June 2, 1963) is a Tony Award nominated, American actor and baritone singer. He has appeared in Europe, on Broadway, in film, television, recordings and regional theatre.[2]

Personal life

Lewis was born in Tallahassee, Florida and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. He worked at the Orlando Sentinel prior to his acting career.[3]


Lewis was featured as AGWE in the Gateway Playhouse (Bellport, New York) production of Once On This Island in 1992.[4]

Lewis made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy (1993) [5] He was a replacement in Miss Saigon as 'John.' In 1997 he played Jake in Side Show. He also appeared in Michael John LaChiusa's Broadway musical, The Wild Party as Eddie. Lewis was in Michel Legrand's short-lived musical Amour in 2002, which also feaured Melissa Errico, Malcolm Gets and Lewis Cleale. He played the racketeer "Eddie Satin" in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert of Golden Boy in March 2002.[6] He played "Billy Flynn" in the Broadway revival of Chicago in February 2004 and March 2004.[7] He performed in several benefit concerts, including Dreamgirls (2001), Chess (2003), and Hair.[7]

In 2005, Lewis starred in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona.[8] He played the role of Nathan in the Lincoln Center 2005 production of Dessa Rose.[9]

He played [2]

In regional theatre, he played the title role in Sweeney Todd, the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, at the Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas beginning November 10, 2009. He had previously played this role at the Signature Theatre in 1999.[11]

Lewis was featured in the musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, which premiered in the Roundabout Theatre's Studio 54 in 2010. The production, conceived and directed by James Lapine, also featured Barbara Cook and Vanessa L. Williams.[12] His rendition of "Being Alive" was one of the evening's outstanding highlights.

Lewis appears in a revised version of Porgy and Bess, as "Porgy", first at the Loeb Drama Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in August through September 2011 and then on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre starting in previews on December 12, 2011. This American Repertory Theater production is being "re-imagined by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray as a musical for contemporary audiences."[13] He was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical[14]and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his performance.[15]

Lewis released his first solo album This is the Life in 2008 under the Seahorse Productions label.[16] His other notable recordings include the cast recording of Side Show and the 1998 cast recording of A New Brain as Roger Delli-Bovi, for Scott Alan's Keys and for the 2001 New York cast recording of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens in aid of the Momentum Aids Project.

In 2012, Lewis joined the cast of the ABC political thriller television series, Scandal, in the role of Senator Edison Davis.[17][18]

In 2013, Lewis starred as Prospero in the Public Theater's PublicWorks Shakespeare in the Park production of The Tempest at the Delacorte Theater. He was one of five professional actors heading a cast of 200 community participants. [19]

He is an investor in the company, Lolly Clothing, started by his good friend and Broadway actor Chad Kimball.[20][21]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Dessa Rose Nominated
2012 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Porgy and Bess Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated


External links

  • Internet Broadway Database
  • Internet Movie Database

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