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Ian McKellen and More Honored at Make Believe on Broadway Gala, Hosted by Christopher Meloni

Ian McKellen and More Honored at Make Believe on Broadway Gala, Hosted by Christopher Meloni

Matthew Broderick, Norm Lewis, Ashley Brown, Adrienne Warren and Jay Armstrong Johnson are among the special guests who will appear at Make Believe on Broadway, the 13th annual gala event by charity organization Only Make Believe on November 5. Law & Order: SVU actor Chris Meloni will host the event, which honors celebrity supporters Ian McKellen, Guy Chiarello and Petra Nemcova ...

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Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Hello Gorgeous! Exclusive Photo of Barbra Streisand's Backstage Visit at Porgy and Bess

Broadway's first Funny Girl, the legendary Barbra Streisand, made time in her busy schedule to check out the Tony-winning revival of Porgy and Bess on September 19. Streisand, along with friend and A-list fashion designer Donna Karan, enjoyed the Gershwins’ gorgeous score and the award-winning performance by Porgy and Bess’ leading lady Audra McDonald. After the curtain came down ...

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Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Spike Lee Hopes to Direct a Big Screen Musical Adaptation of Porgy and Bess

Two-time Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee is in negotiations to turn the Gershwin musical Porgy and Bess into a film, according to IndieWire.com. The musical has been a passion project for Lee for over a decade and after seeing the current Broadway revival, Lee has begun negations with the Gerswhin estate to bring the opera back to the big screen ...

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Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

Tony-Winning Revival of Porgy and Bess, Starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis, to Close Earlier Than Expected

The Tony-winning Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess will end its limited run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre a week earlier than expected. The show, which was initially set to run through September 30, will now close on September 23. Directed by Diane Paulus and starring 2012 Tony winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Norm Lewis, Porgy and Bess will ...

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Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, Nina Arianda, Celia Keenan-Bolger & More Join Broadway Barks Roster

Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty, Nina Arianda, Celia Keenan-Bolger & More Join Broadway Barks Roster

Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes), Megan Hilty (TV’s Smash), Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) and more have joined the roster of presenters at Broadway Barks!, the annual dog and cat adoption event hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. The 14th annual Broadway Barks event is set for July 14 in Shubert Alley ...

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Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

Watch Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis Perform 'Summertime' and More from Porgy and Bess at the 2012 Tonys

The audience at the 2012 Tony Awards on June 10 were transported from the Beacon Theatre to Catfish Row when the cast of the Best Revival of a Musical winner Porgy and Bess took the stage. Five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald along with nominees Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier deliciously sang snippets of “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty of ...

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Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Hope Laura Osnes Takes Home Her First Tony

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans Hope Laura Osnes Takes Home Her First Tony

With the Tony Awards less than a week away, Broadway fans can’t help but speculate which talented actors will be recognized for their work. This year eight leading actors from plays and musicals received their first Tony nomination, and Broadway.com asked readers which of the group most deserves a Tony Award for their work. The fans have spoken, and ...

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Weekend Poll: Which First Time Tony Nominee Most Deserves to Win?

Weekend Poll: Which First Time Tony Nominee Most Deserves to Win?

It’s almost Tony time and as the theater industry gears up for the glamorous and exciting June 10 ceremony, many eyes are on the talented crop of first time Tony nominees who made a splash this season. From the Guy (Steve Kazee) and Girl (Cristin Milioti) making beautiful music in Once, to two mega-talented Brits (James Corden and Tracie Bennett ...

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Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s

Porgy and Bess' Norm Lewis Brings His Signature Smile to the Wall at Sardi’s
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Norm Lewis plays the tragic character of Porgy onstage in Porgy and Bess, but offstage Lewis is one happy fella, especially when he is honored with his very own portrait at Sardi’s! The first time Tony nominee has been a Great White Way favorite for over 20 years in shows including The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Side Show  ...

Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What is Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis' Favorite Show of All Time?

Secrets of the Tony Nominees! What is Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis' Favorite Show of All Time?

As the excitement builds for the 2012 Tony Awards, Broadway.com is presenting a series of exclusive video features in which your favorite nominated stars spill secrets about themselves, their stage faves and their preparation for Broadway's big night. Today we hear from first time Tony nominee Norm Lewis who earned a nod for his heartbreaking performance as the loving ...

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Tony Flashback! Porgy Nominee Norm Lewis Recalls Taking the Stage in Tommy and Lillias White Belting 'Brotherhood of Man'

Tony Flashback! Porgy Nominee Norm Lewis Recalls Taking the Stage in Tommy and Lillias White Belting 'Brotherhood of Man'

In the weeks leading up to the 2012 Tony telecast, Broadway.com is posting videos of favorite Tony memories of this year’s nominees, with their own commentary. Norm Lewis, nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for the revival of Porgy and Bess, singles out two special moments, one involving his Broadway debut and the other featuring a close friend ...

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Norm Lewis, Eden Epinosa & More Join Broadway Inspirational Voices for Highest Praise Concerts

Norm Lewis, Eden Epinosa & More Join Broadway Inspirational Voices for Highest Praise Concerts

Tony-nominated Porgy and Bess star Norm Lewis, Wicked vet Eden Espinosa and Memphis star Montego Glover will join Broadway Inspirational Voices for Highest Praise, their second annual spring concert. The popular gospel choir, made up of Broadway singers, will perform two concerts at Central Presbyterian Church on May 20 and May 21.

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Adam Pascal, Judith Light and More to Join Host Darren Criss as Presenters at the 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

 Adam Pascal, Judith Light and More to Join Host Darren Criss as Presenters at the 2012 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards

A slew of stars will join host Darren Criss as presenters at the 13th Annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. Judith Light (Other Desert Cities), Brian d'Arcy James (TV's Smash), Daphne Rubin-Vega (A Streetcar Named Desire), Adam Pascal (Memphis), Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Tammy Blanchard (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying ...

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Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess

Perez Hilton & More Visit the Tony-Nominated Stars of Porgy and Bess
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The company of Porgy and Bess celebrated its 10 Tony nominations on May 1 with special guests Perez Hilton, John Cameron Mitchell and vets of Hair, including Priscilla star Will Swenson, a.k.a. Audra McDonald's fiance. Celebrity blogger Hilton has been making the Broadway rounds recently (last week he saw Peter and the Starcatcher and Avenue Q). After ...

Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis Had to Rewind Tony Announcement to Believe His Nom

Porgy and Bess Star Norm Lewis Had to Rewind Tony Announcement to Believe His Nom

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Norm Lewis
Nominated for Best Actor in a Musical, Porgy and Bess


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Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey star Jim Parsons announced the nominations for the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center on May 1. Once topped the noms with 11, while Peter and the Starcatcher is the play that garnered the most nods with ...

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Follies and Death Takes a Holiday Lead 2012 Drama Desk Nominations

Follies and Death Takes a Holiday Lead 2012 Drama Desk Nominations

Nominations for the 2012 Drama Desk Awards were announced on April 27, and Death Takes a Holiday and Follies led the pack with a total of 10 nods each. The awards, which honor Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions, will be presented June 3 at Town Hall. Donna Murphy and Brian d'Arcy James announced the nominees, as well as special awards ...

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Bebe Neuwirth, Hugh Dancy & More to Honor Director Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company Gala

Bebe Neuwirth, Hugh Dancy & More to Honor Director Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company Gala

A star-studded crowd will honor Tony-winning director Walter Bobbie at Classic Stage Company’s annual benefit gala. The event is set for May 21 at Bridgewaters at South Street Seaport. Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, an original star of Bobbie’s Chicago revival, is among those scheduled to appear, as are current Venus in Fur headliners Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda.

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Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Ricky Martin, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and 52 Others Earn 2012 Drama League Nominations

Nominations for the 78th annual Drama League Awards have been announced. The awards ceremony will take place May 18 at the Marriot Marquis, hosted by Stockard Channing and John Larroquette. The Drama League Awards recognize distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. As previously announced the Drama League's 2012 Distinguished Contributions and Achievements in Theatre honors ...

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Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies & Once Lead 2012 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Nice Work If You Can Get It, Newsies & Once Lead 2012 Outer Critics Circle Nominations

Nominations for the 62nd annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on April 23, with the new Gershwin tuner Nice Work If You Can Get It leading the group with nine nominations. Newsies and Once, both new musicals, received seven nods each. Winners of the Outer Critics Circle Awards will be announced on May 14, with the annual awards ceremony ...

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Goes Backstage to Meet the Stars of Porgy and Bess
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Aretha Franklin is the latest famous face to take in Diane Paulus’ Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. The Queen of Soul headed down to Catfish Row on March 28 with her fiancé Willie Wilkerson to hear that classic Gershwin score. After the curtain came down, Franklin, Wilkerson Civil Rights activist Julian Bond went backstage to meet Audra McDonald, Norm ...

Porgy and Bess Stars Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis Welcome Nice Work Headliners Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Broderick to Broadway

Porgy and Bess Stars Audra McDonald & Norm Lewis Welcome Nice Work Headliners Kelli O’Hara & Matthew Broderick to Broadway
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It's Gershwin time on Broadway! Four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis have been bringing “Summertime” to the Richard Rodgers Theatre all winter long in Porgy and Bess, and on March 28, they welcomed a brand new Gershwin tuner to the neighborhood: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and three-time Tony nominee Kelli ...

NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

NaTasha Yvette Williams Leads an Uncensored Backstage Tour at Porgy and Bess

The revival of Porgy and Bess may be tragic onstage, but backstage this company is full of fun and laughs. Broadway.com asked the main mamma of Catfish Row, NaTasha Yvette Williams (Mariah), to give us a look behind the scenes at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Williams’ hysterical guided tour of the “old and small” Broadway house includes a glimpse ...

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The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The Cast of Porgy and Bess Dons Hoodies to Honor Slain Teen Trayvon Martin

The company of Broadway’s Porgy and Bess “hooded up” on March 25 in honor of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed African-American teen shot to death in Sanford, Florida, on February 26. As the case continues to draw national attention, the Porgy cast and creative team showed their solidarity by donning hoodies (which Martin was wearing at the time of his death ...

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Constantine Maroulis Signs On for MCC's Miscast 2012 Benefit Gala

Constantine Maroulis Signs On for MCC's Miscast 2012 Benefit Gala

Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis will appear at MCC’s Miscast 2012 gala. MCC’s annual gala features actors performing songs from roles in which they would never be cast. The actor joins previously announced stars Norm Lewis, Jan Maxwell, Nicole Parker, The Book of Mormon stars Josh Gad and Rory O’Malley, Jonathan Groff, Nikki M. James and Smash's Megan ...

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