Tony Nominee Norm Lewis Charms in West Coast Debut at Bay Area Cabaret Tonight
Bay Area Cabaret presents Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis in his West Coast concert debut. A commanding yet affable presence, Lewis took Broadway by storm, starring opposite Audra McDonald in the highly-acclaimed The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. His performance brought the singer/actor critical praise, as well as Best Leading Actor nominations for the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
Since his Broadway debut in Miss Saigon, the powerful baritone has earned notable roles in The Who's Tommy, Side Show, Dreamgirls, Chicago, Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination), and The Wild Party. While co-starring with Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams in Sondheim On Sondheim, critics singled out Lewis' performance of "Being Alive" as one of the highlights of the production. Lewis received such critical praise for his role as "Javert" in LES MISERABLES, he was asked to reprise the role in the 2006 West End production, the all-star 25th anniversary concert version filmed at London's O2 Arena in 2010, and again at the St. Louis MUNY Opera this summer.
In fall 2013, Lewis will begin a tour of Scandinavia with Sweden's biggest musical theatre star, Peter Jöback (Phantom of the Opera). Lewis can be heard on his solo album, This Is The Life, as well as many cast recordings. The dynamic actor has had roles on TV shows, including All My Children and As the World Turns. He currently stars as Senator Edison Davison on ABC's hit political-drama Scandal. Lewis' Venetian Room show kicks off Bay Area Cabaret's subscription series, which also includes Jim Brickman, John Pizzarelli, Chita Rivera, Stacey Kent, Morgan James and Karen Mason.
The concert is set for tonight, October 20, 2013 - 5pm at the Venetian Room of the Fairmont San Francisco, 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill, San Francisco. Tickets: $48 general/$43 subscribers, on sale at www.bayareacabaret.org or City Box Office (415) 392-4400. For Bay Area Cabaret patrons, the Fairmont Hotel offers a lavish buffet dinner in the Laurel Court for $40 plus tax and tip, plus free parking for all who dine in the Laurel Court.
Photo Credit: Peter Hurley