Lewis, with award-winning Broadway musician Phil Reno accompanying him on piano, will perform Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens and $10 for non-UF students. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. Admission will be free for UF students, faculty and staff with a valid University ID.
Lewis 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,” “Armour,” “The Wild Party,” “Side Show,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.” He made history in 2014 as the first African American Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Off Broadway, Lewis has performed in hits such as “Dessa Rose,” for which he received a Drama Desk nomination and AUDELCO Award; Shakespeare in the Park’s “The Tempest,” and “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday.
On film, he has appeared in “Winter’s Tale,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Confidences,” “Preaching to the Choir” and “Magnum Opus.”
Lewis’ television credits include “All My Children,” “Chicago Med,” and 12 episodes on the ABC drama, “Scandal,” in which he portrayed Sen. Edison Davis.
Most recently, Lewis was seen as Caiaphas in the Easter Sunday 2018 television film, “Jesus Christ Superstar” that aired on NBC with John Legend, Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles.
His solo debut album, “This is the Life,” can be found on Amazon.
For more information about Norm Lewis, visit www.normlewis.com.
Reno, originally from Tiffin, Ohio, is the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 2015. Reno received two Grammy nominations for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His first Grammy nomination was for the cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Reno’s other Broadway work has included “The Producers,” “Promises Promises,” “Though Shalt Not,” “Cats,” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars,” and the film adaptation of “The Producers.”
Thomas ’70 and Kathleen Donnell established the Thomas and Kathleen Donnell Broadway Concert Series Endowment Fund in conjunction with the University of Findlay’s Give Voice to your Values campaign.
The Donnell Broadway Concert Series enables noted Broadway artists to visit campus each academic year in the fall and spring. The series provides in-concert entertainment for students and community members, as well as opportunities for UF musical theatre students to learn from accomplished professionals in master classes.
University of Findlay music professor emeritus Micheal Anders, Ph.D., organizes each concert series.