On June 21, 2012 at Sardis across from Shubert Alley, Randie Levine Miller launched a new celebrity luncheon series to benefit The Actors Fund. The inaugural luncheon featured NORM LEWIS, who is currently giving a smashing Tony Nominated performance in The Gershwins Porgy and Bess opposite Audra McDonald, who nabbed a Tony Award for her outstanding interpretation of Bess. The director Diane Paulus reworked and condensed the Broadway adaptation, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
Miller displayed great poise in putting the charming actor through his paces in front of an audience filled with adoring women fans. The dashing Mr. Lewis, who just turned 49, looks great, tall, dark, handsome and virile with an abundance of warmth and generosity of spirit making him a bona fide Matinee Idol. He laughs easily with unabashed delight at revealing himself to the guests, as part of the job and Randie kept him smiling most of the time. He displayed an engaging good nature and when coaxed by Randie a surprising candor, a wonderfully likeable man, who could probably do just about anything, if he couldn’t, he would figure out how to “Sell it,” to quote Mr. Lewis. When Mr. Lewis first came to New York at age 26, he couldn’t dance so auditioning for musicals he would often find himself in that awkward position of selling his dancing. To support himself while making the rounds, he did everything that actors do bartending, catering, waiting tables, working at temp agencies, the whole nine yards. He even worked as receptionist before finding professional work and gaining success. His first Broadway show was Tommy, and his momentum hasn’t let down..
Speaking about his bucket list with prodding from Randie he revealed besides places he wanted to visit, like Greece and Africa, his biggest desire is to play the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. Appears his agents could arrange that rather easily. He would be great for box office. I for one would go again to see Norm Lewis as the Phantom. Must be a scheduling problem.
Mr. Lewis is very proud to announce the release of his debut solo CD NORM LEWIS, THIS IS LIFE!
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