BWW TV Exclusive: BACKSTAGE WITH RICHARD RIDGE- Best Pals and New PHANTOM Stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess!
Welcome to BWW's exclusive talk show, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge. Follow Richard as he visits the theater's best and brightest in their dressing rooms, on their stages and favorite hang outs to talk about their lives, careers and all of the things you don't know, but want to know. Tonight, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, welcomes Norm Lewis (who will become the first African-American performer to star as The Phantom in the New York production) and Sierra Boggess to the cast. In the special interview below, the best Broadway buddies chat about reuniting on stage, what it means to them to join (and rejoin) the production, and so much more . Check out the full interview below!
Lewis was last seen as Senator Edison Davis on the ABC drama "Scandal." He recently received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and 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. In London's West End he has appeared in LES MISERABLES and LES MISERABLES: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS. Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has appeared in The Tempest (Public Theater), Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain, as well as Ragtime with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall.
Boggess' Broadway credits include Christine Daaé in the 25th Anniversary engagement of The Phantom of the Opera, Sharon in the revival of Master Class(opposite Tyne Daly) and originating the title role in The Little Mermaid (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award). Her London credits include LES MISERABLES, the 25th Anniversary concerts of The Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall and Love Never Dies (Olivier Award nomination). Her other New York theater credits include the final Off-Broadway cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Music in the Air for City Center's Encores! series. She also starred as Christine in the Las Vegas production of The Phantom of the Opera.
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