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Norm Lewis Will Be The First Black Phantom In Broadway’s Opera!

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Yes! Progress!

Porgy and Bess star Norm Lewis has landed the role of Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera!

This is huge because the Tony-nominated actor will be the first ever black actor to play the part ever, when it opens on May 12th.

Lewis was just as excited as us, and said:

"First, I love the show. Second, to set a precedent."

Exactly! We couldn’t have said it better! And don’t worry about him forgetting the words because Norm said he’s been warming up with the tunes all along!

In case you’re curious

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Check Out The Porgy And Bess Medley From The 2012 Tony Awards HERE!

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WOW!

For anyone who doubted for a second why Audra McDonald took home her win tonight at the 2012 Tony Awards, look NO FURTHER than this!

Ch-ch-check out the actress, alongside co-stars Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier, absolutely KILLING a medley of tunes for The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, featuring Summertime, I Got Plenty O' Nuttin', and It Ain't Necessarily So (above)!

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And The Best Actors In Leading Roles In A Musical And In A Play Are…

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Wow! Two MORE FANTASTIC Tony Award firsts!

And two absolutely gorgeous, touching acceptance speeches!

Steve Kazee just took home the 2012 Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his incredible work in Once, and in an absolutely heartwrenching and beautiful acceptance speech, thanked his cast and crew for helping him stay strong after the passing of his mother.

Just so incredibly moving.

Directly afterward, James Corden won the Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his work in One Man, Two Guvnors, and gave an equally touching, if not entirely different, thank you to his fellow nominees, as well as his fiances!

Ch-ch-check out both speeches (above)!

Ugh!

We're all choked up!

Well-deserved, both you! Congrats!

[Images via Getty Images.]

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Perez Reviews: Porgy and Bess

We had the pleasure and privilege of watching Porgy and Bess on Broadway Tuesday night, or as we jokingly told our friend - Porgy And The Coke Harlot!

The show was so pleasurable on so many levels! Hearing a full orchestra on Broadway is divine! But, what was most spectacular were those voices! And the performances!

EVERYONE in the cast was truly truly astounding! Even David Alan Grier, whom we only knew from In Living Color but has a great voice and stellar acting chops!

As the lead characters, Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald were masterful! Both of them! We just sat there in awe! Both of them!!!

McDonald's part is so vocally challenging! And she makes it seem effortless! So exquisitely controlled and passionate! We don't know how she does it for that many shows a week!

It was such a treat to get to see her live! The last thing we saw her in was Ragtime a hella long time ago! And the last time we had the pleasure of seeing Lewis on Broadway was when he was in Side Show, which is one of our top 3 musicals of all time!

The entire supporting cast was splendid as well!

Changes were made to the Gershwin classic, at the behest of the estate, and we are glad. There is no "happy ending", though it does feel more upbeat than the original. And, thankfully, instead of the four hour running time, this version was trimmed to a little less than three hours.

Three magnificent, drama-filled hours of musicality and beauty!

Porgy And Bess is a must-see! Congratulations to Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis on their very well-deserved Tony nominations!

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Porgy And Bess Is Coming To Broadway!

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Wow! This ought to be inneresting!

The Gershwins' opera Porgy And Bess is coming to Broadway, but it's getting seriously revamped!

According to reports, the show

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