On the same night Broadway welcomed Norm Lewis as its latest Phantom of the Opera, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced he would be among the headliners in the third season of the Trust Cabaret Series.
Mr. Lewis, a Tony nominee for “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess,” received “a thunderous standing ovation” Monday night as the 13th Phantom and the first black actor to play the title role in the show’s 26 years on Broadway, according to The Associated Press. The actor has had success on Broadway and the West End -- he was Javert for the "Les Miserables" 25th anniversary concert televised by PBS -- and recently had a recurring role as a senator on ABC’s “Scandal.”
The new season with Linda Eder, Brian D’Arcy James and Ann Hampton Callaway joining Mr. Lewis was announced as the finale of the current Trust Cabaret season got underway, with Clint Holmes at the Cabaret at Theater Square.
The 2014-15 Trust Cabaret Series
Oct. 6: Linda Eder — Known for her role as Lucy in the Broadway musical “Jekyll & Hyde” and a successful recording career, she has performed around the world and her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS.
Nov. 10: Brian D’Arcy James — A star of NBC’s “Smash,” 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 Bill Clinton at the “Kennedy Center Honors.” He appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for its 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 Miserables,” “Chicago,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.”
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 she 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 rj productions. Past performers have included Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Telly Leung (“Godspell,” “Wicked”); Mandy Gonzalez (“In The Heights,” “Wicked”); and Robert Creighton (“Anything Goes,” “Edwin Drood”). New York casting agent Stephen DeAngelis is director and host.
Single tickets are $50-$60 at 412-456-6666 or www.trustarts.org. Subscription information: 412-456-1390. The Trust series is supported by the Benter Foundation and Richard E. Rauh.
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