Tony nominee Norm Lewis, currently starring on Broadway as Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, will join the legendary walls of Sardi’s (234 West 44th Street) when his caricature is unveiled and hung on Wednesday, May 30th. His portrait will be join the hundreds of Broadway and Hollywood celebrities, including his co-star and fellow 2012 Tony nominee Audra McDonald, as well as co-star David Alan Grier also Tony-nominated for his performance in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Norm Lewis: Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim (Soloist), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Les Misérables (Javert, Drama League nomination), Chicago (Billy Flynn), Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show (Jake), Miss Saigon (John) and Tommy. London: Les Misérables (Javert), West End, London; Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert, London’s O2 Arena. Off-Broadway: Dessa Rose (Nathan, Drama Desk nomination, Audelco Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine, Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous (Doc), A New Brain (Roger). Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Dreamgirls (Curtis, with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), The Fantasticks (El Gallo). Concerts: Chess (Molokov, with Josh Groban), Dreamgirls (Curtis), Actor’s Fund; Golden Boy (Eddie), Encores! Film and television: Sex and the City 2, “Preaching to the Choir,” “Confidences,” “Mystery Woman,” “Cosby,” “Strong Medicine,” “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.” Recordings include: his debut solo CD, Norm Lewis: “This Is The Life.”
The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess has a cast led by four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Ragtime, “Private Practice”) as Bess, Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (Les Misérables, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Porgy and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier (Race, “In Living Color”) as Sporting Life. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin as Crown, Nikki Renée Daniels as Clara, Joshua Henry as Jake, Christopher Innvar as Detective, Bryonha Marie Parham as Serena and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mariah, as well as Sumayya Ali, Allison Blackwell, Roosevelt André Credit, Trevon Davis, Joseph Dellger, Wilkie Ferguson III, Carmen Ruby Floyd, Gavin Gregory, Heather Hill, David Hughey, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Alicia Hall Moran, Cedric Neal, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Julius Thomas III, J.D. Webster and Lisa Nicole Wilkerson.
Following its sold-out world premiere engagement at Boston’s American Repertory Theater, one of Broadway’s most accomplished creative teams, led by Tony-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man), brought George and Ira Gershwin’s legendary masterwork to the Broadway stage for the first time in more than 35 years.
The classic story by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the crippled but courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.
Due to overwhelming popularity and demand, producers of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess announced that this critically-acclaimed Broadway revival has been extended, and is now on sale through September 30, 2012. The production, which was originally announced as a limited run, officially opened on January 12, 2012 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Weekly Performance Schedule: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Winner of the Tony for Best Musical Revival, Porgy and Bess features such classic songs from the Gershwins' legendary score as “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing,” plus a cast led by five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.