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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!

The Phantom of the Opera, which is now in its 26th year on Broadway, celebrated yet another in a long line of milestones last evening, as it welcomed former LITTLE MERMAID co-stars Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess to the cast on Monday, May 12, at the Majestic Theater. The audience erupted in cheers last night, as history was made when Norm Lewis became the first African-American performer to star as The Phantom in the Broadway production. In attendance were stars ranging from Lea DeLaria, to Sherie Rene Scott and icons like André De Shields and Melba Moore, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Hal Price. They were joined by with friends, family, press and of course the show's usual, sold-out audience.

Following a long line of Phantoms, in a role created by Michael Crawford, Lewis brought his own unique talents, heart and incredible voice to the show, and has wonderful chemistry with his co-star, who gets even better each time she's returned to the show. If you're thinking about getting tickets - GO, you'll thank us later.

Photos by Walter McBride

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Michele McConnell, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Michele McConnell, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Ellen Harvey, Jeremy Hays, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Michele McConnell, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Michele McConnell, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Laird Mackintosh and Company

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Jeremy Hays, Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
Norm Lewis

Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Photo Coverage: Phantastic! Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA - First Curtain Call!
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 

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