Norm Lewis on Starring Opposite Former Onstage Daughter Sierra Boggess in Phantom: ‘Just Go with It’

first_img Related Shows View Comments Sierra Boggess Star Files from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera When we found out that Broadway heartthrob Norm Lewis had finally landed his dream role, the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera opposite his former Little Mermaid daughter Sierra Boggess, we just had to congratulate him ourselves. So we called him up!Is this the Phantom of the Opera?It depends on who’s calling!Congrats! What exciting news.I’m so glad it’s out now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy for a month!How did this happen? Did you get on your knees and beg at the 25th Anniversary Gala?Yes, exactly. Got right down on my knees! [Laughs.] Actually, I did a symposium called American Voices at the Kennedy Center in November. I was on a panel with [music director] David Caddick and [conductor] David Lai and a question about diversity on Broadway was asked to me. I talked about how blessed I was, but mentioned that I wanted to do Phantom. David and David are both high up in the Phantom world so when Hugh Panaro decided he didn’t want to renew, they said, “How about Norm Lewis?” And I auditioned for Hal Prince and then Cameron Mackintosh, and it just kind of happened!You told me on Show People last year that this was your dream role. Did you have a secret board at home to make this happen?I just kept putting it out there. After 26 years, I just wanted someone of color to play that role on Broadway. It didn’t have to me. I just wanted to see somebody do it.Why the Phantom? What about this part draws you?It’s a lot of things. It’s iconic. It’s one of those characters, like Sweeney Todd, who I was also able to play, that is so misunderstood. You want to bring some truth to it. I’ve seen it done so many times by Hugh Panaro, who’s one of the quintessential Phantoms out there. And also Howard McGillin, or my first Phantom up in Toronto, Colm Wilkinson. I already knew the music, but when I finally saw the show, I thought, “This is intriguing.”Hugh Panaro was your co-star on Side Show. Have you ever gone backstage and tried on his mask?I’ve never put the mask on! Hugh is more than a friend—he’s like my brother. It’s almost like a rite of passage for me that he’s handing the baton to me. He’s ready to move on and is passing the role onto me. Hopefully, he’ll give me some great clues and tips. I’m just looking forward to hanging out with him in the last few weeks of his run. And getting on that stage!What scenes are you dying to actually get up there and perform?That’s a good question! The ones with Sierra Boggess. I’m anxious to do the lair scene with “Music of the Night.” There are so many things. And running up and down those stairs singing “The Phantom of the Opera.”Spoiler! I don’t think all of those “Phantoms” are you in that scene!Oh, really? I was so sure! [Laughs.]Is it weird that Triton and Ariel are playing The Phantom and Christine together or do we just go with it?I think we should just go with it. Sierra and I talked about it. We actually call each other “Daddy” and “Daughter.” In a way, the Phantom is kind of a father figure and there’s a mystique to their relationship that hopefully adds some contextual flavor to the role.Yeah, yeah, but I saw the sequel, Norm. He is not just a father figure![Laughs.] OK, but we’re not blood related, so…Final question. Since saying you wanted to be The Phantom on helped make it come true, what else do you want? Dream big and let’s get it out there.I want as much money as Oprah Winfrey has in the bank right now. Or Tyler Perry. I want that empire!last_img read more

Former PDI-P lawmaker sentenced to seven years in prison in garlic import permit bribery case

first_imgJakarta Corruption Court judges sentenced former Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra to seven years of imprisonment on Wednesday for bribery relating to garlic import permits.According to Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri, Nyoman was found guilty of violating Article 12 of the 2001 Corruption Law prohibiting civil servants or state organizers from receiving bribes.He was also ordered to pay a fine of Rp 500 million (US$32,878), which would be substituted for another three months of imprisonment should he fail to pay.Additionally, his right to run for public office will be suspended for four years.The sentence was lower than the KPK prosecutors’ demand for 10 years of imprisonment and a Rp 1 million fine, based on Nyoman having received Rp 2 billion in bribes from businesspeople Chandry Suanda, Doddy Wahyudi and Zulfikar, with Rp 1.5 million more being promised.Read also: Import relaxations not enough to secure garlic supply: Business watchdogThe judges also sentenced Mirawati and Elviyanto, two of Nyoman’s close aides that also received some of the bribery money, to five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million fine each.Ali said legal representatives of Nyoman, Mirawati and Elviyanto would file an appeal against the judges’ decision. In comparison, the KPK prosecutors are still considering filing an appealThe KPK stated that Nyoman, through Mirawati, had initially asked for a total of Rp 3.6 billion in fees from the businesspeople in exchange for issuing an import quota permit of 20,000 tons of garlic to several companies, including Chandry’s PT Chaya Sakti Agro.During raids conducted in August 2019, the KPK seized S$50,000 (US$36,180) from Mirawati and documents concerning the alleged transfer of Rp 2.1 billion from Doddy to an account in Indocev Money Changer.Nyoman previously served in House of Representatives Commission VI on trade, industry, investment, cooperatives, small and medium enterprises and state-owned companies from 2014 to 2019.Chandry, Doddy and Zulfikar are still on trial in the bribery case.Topics :last_img read more

Barton in talks to join West Ham

first_img Oxford was among the Hammers’ most impressive players but as recently as Thursday Bilic’s lack of strength in depth was highlighted when the defeat of a weakened team selected away at Romania’s Astra Giurgiu ended their Europa League campaign. An ankle injury to one of last season’s loanees, Alex Song, has so far prevented him from returning to the club on a permanent basis. Should Barton agree personal terms to join West Ham he will be reunited with Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, his former Newcastle team-mates. Barton and Carroll, notably, produced the finest form of their careers while playing together. The 32-year-old midfielder watched Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday, and said: “Judging by this game it won’t be long before I get a phone call from somebody (to sign for them). “The best player might be sitting in the stands this afternoon, even if I do say so myself.” Press Association West Ham are in talks to sign former QPR midfielder Joey Barton.center_img Barton, a free agent following his release from the relegated Hoops, has been targeted to increase manager Slaven Bilic’s options in midfield. West Ham began their Barclays Premier League season with a surprise 2-0 victory at Arsenal on Sunday, when 16-year-old defensive midfielder Reece Oxford made his debut. last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 93-85 loss to No. 5 North Carolina

first_img Published on February 27, 2019 at 1:22 am Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Three days after then-No. 1 Duke handled Syracuse (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome, the Orange were up three points to one of the hottest teams in the nation in No. 5 North Carolina (23-5, 13-2). Up 46-43, SU blew its slim halftime lead as Marek Dolezaj and Elijah Hughes fouled out near the conclusion of the game to end any hope of a comeback. Hughes scored 15 points — but was scoreless in the second half — and Syracuse was led by 29 points from Tyus Battle. UNC’s Coby White dropped 34 points on the Orange, including six 3-pointers.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about Syracuse’s loss.last_img