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Norm Lewis, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Rosario Dawson and Oscar Isaac at the Open Rehearsal of the ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ Production of 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ at Delacorte Theatre in New York City (August 18, 2005)

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For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”

  1. Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
  2. Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
  3. Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
  4. Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
  5. Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
  6. Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
  7. Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
  8. Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
  9. Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
  10. Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
  11. Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
  12. Phantom: Nicholas Nkuna, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2011-12)

(some comments: for many South Africans the term “coloured” is preferred if there’s different heritage involved, and Lana English would be considered coloured. But in the US and UK that is considered slur and usually avoided online. Just be aware of the distinction. Read more about that here.

Also, there’s been so many wonderful understudies that I did not get to list here, especially for the role of Carlotta, but also for Piangi, Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Only understudy on the list is Nicholas Nkuna, as he played the Phantom. The others are not forgotten, only left out because of Tumblr’s photo limit)

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Why Norm Lewis is a Cinnamon Roll

1.) comes to the stage door after Sweeney Todd off Broadway at a teeny tiny theater

2.) Laughs when you see him and freak out and puts his hands up and backs away

3.) Thanks you for coming

4.) takes your Les Mis 25th anniversary DVD and TAKES THE COVER OUT OF THE SLEEVE TO SIGN IT WHEN HE COULD HAVE JUST SIGNED THE PLASTIC

5.) Poses for a photo with you and takes a selfie with your mom

6.) THAT SMILE

7.) Writes THAT on the DVD