Musical theater star Norm Lewis, who made Broadway history as the first African-American to star in the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera,” will be the headliner at the Goodman Theatre’s annual benefit fundraiser this spring.
Lewis will be the star attraction at the “Daring … Dazzling … Dynamic” black-tie gala, beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus. The evening will be co-chaired by Linda Krivkovich, Susan Wislow and David Fox and will included a cocktail reception, the Lewis performance, dinner and dancing afterward to the Gentlemen of Leisure.
Lewis’ program for the Goodman gala will include a selection of tunes from Broadway, including music from “Porgy & Bess,” “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “Les Miserables” and other shows.
Along with his theatrical roles, Lewis is well-known for his regular appearances on the ABC hit political drama “Scandal,” where he plays the role of Sen. Edison Davis. The actor received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his appearance as Porgy in the 2012 Broadway production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.” Other Broadway credits include “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Les Miserables,” “Chicago,” “Amour,” “The Wild Party,” “Side Show,” “Miss Saigon,” and “The Who’s Tommy.”
Lewis made his television debut with his recurring role of Keith McLean on the long-running daytime drama “All My Children,” and his other TV credits include “Gotham,” “The Blacklist” and “Blue Bloods.”
For more information regarding the May 21 gala, call (312) 443-3811, ext. 586. Proceeds from the event will benefit Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement programs.