Norm Lewis

Birth Place: Tallahassee, FL, USA

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Norm Lewis starred in the SAG, Critics Choice, and NAACP Image Award-nominated Netflix film Da 5 Bloods by Spike Lee, and in the groundbreaking FX series, “Pose.” He was previously seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles, and Alice Cooper. He recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera’s first African American Phantom on Broadway.
He has been seen on PBS in the “Live From Lincoln Center” productions of “Showboat” with Vanessa Williams, “Norm Lewis: Who Am I?”, and “New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration with Diane Reeves,” as well as “American Voices with Renée Fleming” and the PBS Special “First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb.” He can be seen recurring in the VH1 series, “Daytime Divas,” also alongside Vanessa Williams. His additional television credits include “Mrs. America,” “Better Things,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Bull,” “Chicago Med,” “Gotham,” “The Blacklist,” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama “Scandal.”
Mr. Lewis is a proud founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization which stands together to help protect Black people, Black talent and Black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre and communities across the country. He 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 & Bess. Other 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. In London’s West End, he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and “Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert,” which aired on PBS.
Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has performed in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous, and A New Brain. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks.
His additional film credits include Magnum Opus, Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir. Norm's albums "The Norm Lewis Christmas Album" & "This is The Life" can be found on as well as

Norm Lewis Photos


[US Tour]
North American Tour, 2022
Captain Richard Davenport

A New Comedy by Douglas Lyons, 2021

Lyric Opera of Chicago Production, 2020
Julian Marsh

MCP Concert Presentation, 2019

[Washington, DC (Regional)]
Broadway Center Stage Revival, 2019
Harold Hill

[Motion Picture]
NBC Live Televised Production, 2018

Broadway Revival Production, 2017
Agwe [Replacement]

Off-Broadway Transfer from London Production, 2016
Sweeney Todd [Replacement]

[New York]
Roundabout Theatre Company Benefit Concert, 2016
Harrison Howell

Encores Concert Production, 2016
The Lord's General

Broadway Revival, 2012

Roundabout Production, 2010

[Arlington, VA (Regional)]
Signature Theatre Production, 2009

Original Broadway Production, 2008
King Triton

Return Engagement [Broadway], 2006

Off-Broadway Revival, 2005


Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005


Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Other Roles


[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 2004

New York Concert, 2003

[New York]
Reading, 2003
Nick Sakarian

Actors' Fund Concert, 2003

[New York]
New York Concert, 2003

Original Broadway Production, 2002

Encores! Concert, 2002

New York Concert, 2001
Curtis Taylor, Jr.

Original Broadway Production, 2000
Eddie Mackrel

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999


Original Off-Broadway Production, 1998
Roger Delli-Bovi [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1997


Broadway Revival, 1996
Billy Flynn [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1993


Ensemble/Other Roles

Broadway Production, 1991
John [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1988
The Phantom [Replacement]

Norm Lewis Movies

[2005]Preaching to the Choir Rev. Tucker

[2010]Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Javert

[2010]Sex and the City 2 Reginald

[2014]Winter's Tale Custodian

[2017]Magnum Opus Charlie Lutwidge

[2019]Just Mercy Newscter

[2020]Da 5 Bloods Eddie

Norm Lewis TV Shows

Central Park Lionel

Scandal Edison Davis

Norm Lewis Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical

Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Drama League Awards - 2012 - Distinguished Performance Award

Norm Lewis, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

Norm Lewis Videos

Norm Lewis News

Count Down to Christmas 2023 with Deborah Cox

The holidays are upon us and BroadwayWorld is continuing our favorite annual tradition of celebrating the holiday season with a 12 Days of Christmas countdown. This year we've invited the one and only Deborah Cox to share some of her most cherished holiday songs and performances.

BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards December 5th Standings; LES MISERABLES Leads Best Musical!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Phoenix Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Contest: Win Tickets to the New York Pops with Norm Lewis

The New York Pops’ annual holiday tradition returns for a merry night of classic carols and contemporary favorites with Tony nominee Norm Lewis.

CENTRAL PARK Musical Series Canceled By Apple TV+ After Three Seasons

With original musical numbers in each episode, the series included guest voice actors like Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, Andrew Rannells, Billy Porter, Christopher Jackson, Jack McBrayer, Amber Ruffin, Yvette Nicole Brown, Craig Robinson, Tim Meadows, David Alan Grier, and more.

CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR Starring the Rockettes & More Lead Top Off-Broadway Shows for December

What's happening off-Broadway? BroadwayWorld is helping you pick what to see next by rounding up our top recommended theatre each month. Coming up off-Broadway this December are holiday favorites, New York City traditions, new Christmas productions, and more. 

Video: Tony Yazbeck Talks Directing and Choreographing Manhattan Concert Productions' CHILDREN OF EDEN

Watch as BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge discusses Manhattan Concert Productions' Children of Eden with director and choreographer Tony Yazbeck!

Black Theatre United Raises Over $1.2 Million at Inaugural Gala

Black Theatre United (BTU) announced that the organization’s inaugural Gala on Monday, October 30, 2023 raised over $1.2 million to support BTU’s empowering programs in Mentorships, Student Internships, BTU’s Annual Advocacy Summit and BTU’s Education program.

Photos: Stars Arrive at Opening Night of SPAMALOT!

See photos of stars Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, Vanessa Williams, Victor Garber, Cobie Smulders, and more as they arrive at Spamalot opening night here!

Photos: Go Backstage at the New York Pops with Kelli O'Hara, Sutton Foster, and More!

BroadwayWorld is taking you backstage at Carnegie Hall with Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Kelli O'Hara! The pair joined The New York Pops—led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke for a one-night-only concert on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Check out the photos below!

Photos: Kelli O'Hara and Sutton Foster Share the Stage with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall

The New York Pops—led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke—was joined by Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Kelli O'Hara for a one-night-only concert on Friday, November 17, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the performance. Check out the photo from the performance below!

Deck The Hall This December At Carnegie Hall!

Celebrate the holiday season at Carnegie Hall with a lineup of festive performances including Bach's Christmas Oratorio, a special program of holiday favorites with The New York Pops and Broadway's Norm Lewis, and annual year-end concerts by the New York String Orchestra.

The Drama League Gala: Embrace the Directors

​​​​​​​The Drama League 2023 Gala titled “Embrace The Season” is an event amplifying the Broadway, off-Broadway, and off-off-Broadway shows gracing the stages in New York City each season.

Broadway Jukebox: Kick Off the Holiday Season

Check out our playlist of holiday songs from Broadway shows like White Christmas, Elf, Rent, She Loves Me and more, as well as classics sung by some of Broadway's biggest stars, such as Billy Porter, Julie Andrews, Kristin Chenoweth, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Leslie Odom, Jr., Norm Lewis, Idina Menzel, Angela Lansbury, Linda Eder, Matthew Morrison and many more.

Photos: The York Theatre Company Gala Honors Patti LuPone and Jamie DeRoy

All new photos have been released from Monday evening’s YORK THEATRE COMPANY Gala. Patti LuPone received the 31st Oscar Hammerstein Award For Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and Jamie DeRoy was honored with The York Theatre Founders’ Award.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for the Drama League's Embrace the Season Gala

Just last night, the Drama League celebrated Embrace The Season: A Drama League Celebration, the venerated gala event amplifying the extraordinary productions gracing stages in New York City each season. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals here.

Edward W. Hardy to Perform in DYAO's HARMONIES OF HISTORY This Sunday

Join composer-violinist Edward W. Hardy and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) for an extraordinary concert titled 'Harmonies of History.' Experience a captivating blend of classical and contemporary pieces by Isaac Albéniz, Florence Price, Ludwig van Beethoven, and more. Don't miss this harmonious journey through centuries of music. Tickets and information available at

Amber Ruffin, Jonathan Groff, And More Join Bloomingdale's and BC/EFA For Holiday Window Unveiling

As the ultimate holiday gifting destination, Bloomingdale's announces a series of holiday programming including The Carousel @ Bloomingdale's: Wonka, and window unveiling in partnership with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Jason Kravits to Bring OFF THE TOP! Improvised Cabaret to Chelsea Table + Stage

Broadway World Award Winner and “Master Improviser” Jason Kravits will star in “OFF the TOP!” a hilarious night of music, comedy, improv, and cabaret at Chelsea Table + Stage on December 21, 2023 at 7:00 PM.

WATCH NIGHT At The Perelman Performing Arts Center Opens Tomorrow

The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC, Executive Director Khady Kamara and Artistic Director Bill Rauch) presents Watch Night at the new performing arts center at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.  The production opens tomorrow, November 8, 2023.

Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs & More to Join The Drama League EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Get ready for a night of incredible performances at The Drama League 'Embrace The Season' Gala. Join Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs, and other talented artists as they take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Don't miss out on this star-studded event!


Norm Lewis has appeared on Broadway in 16 shows.

Norm Lewis has not appeared in the West End

Norm Lewis has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for his role in "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for the same production, Outstanding Actor in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Porgy and Bess," and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."

Norm Lewis's next show will be A Soldier's Play which opens on 12/8/2022 on US Tour.

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