Norm Lewis is a Tony Award nominated American actor and baritone singer. He has appeared in Europe, on Broadway, in film, television, recordings and regional theatre.
Lewis was born in Tallahassee, Florida and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. He worked at the Orlando Sentinel prior to his acting career.
Lewis made his Broadway debut in The Who's Tommy (1993) He was a replacement in Miss Saigon as John. In 1997 he played Jake in Side Show. He also appeared in Michael John LaChiusa's Broadway musical, The Wild Party as Eddie. Lewis was in Michel Legrand's short-lived musical Amour in 2002, which also featured Melissa Errico, Malcolm Gets and Lewis Cleale. He played the racketeer Eddie Satin in the New York City Center Encores! staged concert of Golden Boy in March 2002. He played Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago in February 2004 and March 2004. He performed in several benefit concerts, including Dreamgirls (2001), Chess (2003), and Hair.
He played Javert in the 2006 revival of Les Misérables on Broadway. He reprised the role of Javert in the West End production of Les Misérables, ending January 29. He also played the role in the 25th anniversary concert of the show at London's O2 arena. Lewis again reprised the role in the St. Louis Muny production of Les Miserables from July 15–21, 2013. He originated the role of King Triton in the Broadway production of The Little Mermaid in 2007.Lewis is also featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Little Mermaid as King Triton.
In regional theatre, he played the title role in Sweeney Todd, the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, at the Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth, Texas beginning November 10, 2009. He had previously played this role at the Signature Theatre in 1999.
On May 12, 2014 Lewis will assume the role of Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera in NY, making him the first African American to play the title role in the New York production. He will succeed Hugh Panaro and will join fellow returning cast member Sierra Boggess, who returns as Christine on the same date.