This May 18, 2012 file photo shows actor Norm Lewis at the 78th Annual Drama League Awards in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
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Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way.Lewis played John in "Miss Saigon" on Broadway, Javert on Broadway in "Les Miserables" in 2006 and was in the shows "Side Show," "The Little Mermaid," "Chicago" and "Sondheim on Sondheim". Lewis will be the first black Phantom on Broadway, though Robert Guillaume played the role in the Los Angeles production in 1990 .Lewis will join a list of Phantoms since the show opened in 1988 that includes Michael Crawford, Steve Barton, John Cudia, Kevin Gray, Mark Jacoby, Marcus Lovett, Brad Little, Howard McGillin and Hugh Panaro.
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