Let your spirit start to soar! Tony nominee Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess step into The Phantom of the Opera on May 12, with Lewis making Broadway history as the first African-American actor to play the title role on the Great White Way. He replaces Laird Mackintosh, who donned the mask in the interim following Hugh Panaro’s final performance on May 3. Boggess will take over from Mary Michael Patterson as Christine Daae.
Lewis, who received a Tony nomination for Porgy and Bess, has also appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon, The Who’s Tommy, Chicago, Side Show, The Wild Party, Amour, Les Miserables, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Little Mermaid (playing Boggess' father). His film and TV credits include Scandal, All My Children and Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary.
Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Boggess has previously played Christine in Las Vegas and in both the London and Broadway 25th anniversary productions of the show. She also originated the role in Phantom's London sequel Love Never Dies, for which she received an Oliver Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Her credits also include Master Class on Broadway and Les Miserables in the West End.
The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway's longest-running show, continues its record-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre. In addition to Lewis and Boggess, the musical currently stars Jeremy Hays as Raoul, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur Andre, Tim Jerome as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Ellen Harvey as Madame Giry, Christian Sebek as Piangi and Deanna Doyle as Meg Giry. At certain performances, Sara Jean Ford will play the role of Christine.