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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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New Phantom Tour Coming Next Year!

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Back in January, we were very impressed to hear that the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera had a killer week where it grossed $1,390,530.53, which was its highest weekly gross in 23 years!

Now, theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh will breathe new life into the show not that it needs it and he'll be putting together a worldwide Phantom tour in 2012.

The new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's play will be helmed by Laurence Connor, and it will feature "new sets and costumes by Paul Brown and lighting by three-time Olivier Award winner Paule Constable."

Should be inneresting to see how this version differs from the Broadway musical.

Will U check out the new Phantom tour next year when it plays near you?

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Broadway Boom! Three Shows Break Records For Highest Weekly Gross!

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Wow! We wonder what set this off!

Last week, three different Broadway musicals reportedly broke their respective theater's records for highest weekly gross, totaling all together a massive $34,997,571!

Wicked, which plays at the Gershwin Theatre, grossed $2,153,110, beating its prior record for the week of November 28th, 2010 and making it the record holder for largest weekly gross in Broadway history!

Meanwhile, The Lion King pulled in $1,993,370 at the Minskoff Theatre, which beat its prior record - also the week of November 28th, 2010.

Lastly, The Phantom of the Opera, which plays at the Majestic Theatre, grossed $1,390,530.53 - its highest weekly gross in 23 years!

Unbelievable!

We imagine a lot of it has to do with the holiday weekend, but we're also thrilled that so many are still interested in going to the theater!

Congratulations, guys! We hope that the money continues to come in!

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