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TONY® AWARD NOMINEE NORM LEWIS HEADLINES GOODMAN THEATRE’S “DARING…DAZZLING…DYNAMIC” BLACK-TIE GALA FUNDRAISER ON MAY 21 AT THE FAIRMONT CHICAGO***LINDA KRIVKOVICH, SUSAN WISLOW AND DAVID FOX ARE THE GALA CO-CHAIRS; PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE THEATER’S PROGRAMS***
(Chicago, IL) Groundbreaking Broadway legend and baritone singer with “exceptional dramatic power” (The New York Times) Norm Lewis headlinesGoodman Theatre’s “Daring…Dazzling…Dynamic” spring fundraising gala. With a career spanning over 20 years, Lewis made Broadway history as the first African American to star in the title role in The Phantom of the Opera (May 2014). On television, he appears regularly as “Senator Edison Davis” on the hit ABC drama
Lewis will perform a selection of tunes from Broadway including music from Porgy & Bess, Sondheim on Sondheim, Les Misérables, Chicago and more. The black-tie event takes place on Saturday, May 21 at The Fairmont Chicago (200 N. Columbus Dr.), beginning at 6:30pm with a cocktail reception, followed by the performance, an elegant three-course dinner and dancing to the Gentlemen of Leisure. Event Co-Chairs are Goodman Trustee and Women’s Board Member Susan Wislow, Women’s Board Member Linda Krivkovich and Board of Trustees member David Fox. Tickets start at $1,000; call 312.443.3811 ext. 586. All proceeds benefit Goodman Theatre’s Education and Community Engagementprograms. Media interested in covering the event should call 312.443.5569.
Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his appearance as “Porgy” in the 2012 Broadway production ofThe Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess. His additional Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who’s Tommy. He garnered international recognition with his performance in Les Misérables at London’s West End Theatre and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS, at the O2.Lewis has performed off-Broadway in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemenof Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain.
He made his TV debut in his recurring role of “Keith McLean” on the long-running soap opera series All My Children and additional television credits include FOX’s Gotham, NBC’s The Blacklist and CBS’s Blue Bloods. As a recording artist, Lewis released his solo debut album “This is The Life” in 2008with hit songs “This is The Life” and “Go the Distance,” which was featured in the Disney film “Hercules.”