The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced that Broadway star Norm Lewis will headline the TPAC Gala on April 9 at War Memorial Auditorium. The actor and singer, who is an Emmy, Tony and SAG nominee, has a Broadway career that has spanned three decades, as well as successful runs in film and television. He was the first Black actor to play the titular role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and to play the role of Javert in Les Misérables on Broadway and the West End. He also portrayed Billy Flynn in the Broadway revival of Chicago and originated the role of King Triton in the Broadway adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Other stage credits include Miss Saigon, Sondheim on Sondheim and The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess. His TV and film credits include Scandal, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, All My Children and Da 5 Bloods. He recently appeared at TPAC as part of their Cabaret on Stage performances in the fall of 2021, the organization’s first in-person programming following the pandemic shutdown.
“We are thrilled to have an entertainer of Norm’s caliber performing at the gala,” say co-chairs Nancy Floyd and Adam Sansiveri. “It’s been two-and-a-half years since the last TPAC Gala was held, so we’re looking forward to a fun and beautiful night celebrating the work TPAC has done in our community over the past 41 years and the many exciting things they have in store.”
In addition to performing a lively set of Broadway classics at the TPAC Gala, Norm will also be honored with the Impact Award for his iconic theatrical and musical accomplishments, passion for introducing the performing arts to new generations and commitment to philanthropy. The black-tie gala is TPAC’s signature fundraising event, benefiting the organization’s arts education and community engagement initiatives. It will be held at 6 p.m. on April 9 at the historic War Memorial Auditorium. For more information, visit tpac.org.