The Phantom of the Opera takes off the mask to reveal the man behind the lush voice in "Norm Lewis: Who Am I?"

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07 April 2015
Norm Lewis

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Live From Lincoln Center: "Norm Lewis: Who Am I?"
Friday, April 10, 2015, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET

(Check your local listings)

          Star of "Porgy and Bess," "Les Miserables" and most recently "The Phantom of the Opera," Norm Lewis is a performer of breathtaking range and power. The many facets of his artistry shine forth in this concert special, which crosses stylistic boundaries and charts a musical course from gospel to Marvin Gaye and everything in between.

          Norm Lewis, is one of the Great transmitters of the American Songbook. He began his singing life in church choirs, and in his high school and college choruses. Early in his professional career he served on the staff of the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. On the path trodden by many of today's younger singer/performers, he was featured as an entertainer on cruise ships. The "Who Am I?" title for his Live From Lincoln Center appearance will be elucidated by songs from such iconic Broadway shows as “Stop the World--I Want to Get Off,” “Les Miserables,” and “Company.” In addition we'll hear music from the Gospel and Soul tradition, including Stevie Wonder's “Knocks me Off My Feet” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” One of the highlights is certain to be “I Got Plenty O' Nuttin’” from the Gershwins’  “Porgy and Bess,” which Lewis will sing in two different styles: with the opera aria cum jazzy abandon of the original intent, then switching to a pop and spiritual mode.


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