Norm Lewis, who last night became the first African-American Phantom of the Opera in the show’s 26 years on Broadway, is coming to Pittsburgh next year as a headliner for the 2014-15 Trust Cabaret Series.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the third season of the series on Monday evening, May 12, as the finale of the second season got under way with Clint Holmes at the Cabaret at Theater Square. The new season has Linda Eder, Brian D’Arcy James, Ann Hampton Callaway and “Broadway Showstoppers” joining Mr. Lewis, who recently earned a Tony nomination in the Broadway revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess” and was seen on the ABC drama “Scandal.” He joined Sierra Boggess as newcomers to New York’s “Phantom, which at more than 10,000 performances is the longest running show on Broadway.
The 2014-15 Trust Cabaret Series:
Oct. 6, 2014: Linda Eder — Known for her role as Lucy in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” and a successful recording career, including 14 solo albums. She has performed around the world and her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS.
Nov. 10, 2014: Brian D’Arcy James — A star of NBC’s “Smash,” among other screen credits, the two-time Tony nominee’s Broadway credits include “Carousel,” “Titanic,” “Shrek The Musical” and originating the role of Dan in “Next to Normal.” Highlights as a concert performer and recording artist include performing for President Clinton at the “Kennedy Center Honors.” He also appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for their tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.
March 16, 2015: Norm Lewis — Mr. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy. Other Broadway credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Les Misérables,” “Chicago,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.” In London, He appeared in “Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert,” which aired on PBS.
April 13, 2015: Ann Hampton Callaway — Following her sister Liz to the Trust Series stage is the singer, pianist, composer, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, and can boast collaborating with Cole Porter as well as singing the theme song to the TV series “The Nanny.” Her performance at the Cabaret at Theater Square will feature songs from her new record, “The Sarah Vaughan Project: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola”
May 4, 2015: Broadway Showstoppers -- Cast TBA; produced by Rich Aronstein for ri productions. Past performers have included Carnegie Mellon alumnus Telly Leung (“Godspell,” “Wicked”); Mandy Gonzalez (“In The Heights,” “Wicked”); and Robert Creighton (“Anything Goes,” “Edwin Drood”). NY casting agent Stephen DeAngelis is director and host.
Single tickets are $50-$60 at 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org. Subscription information: 412-456-1390. The Trust series is supported by the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh.
Sharon Eberson: email@example.com or 412-263-1960. Twitter: SEberson_pg.