First black ‘Phantom of the Opera’: Still a ‘glass ceiling’ for black performers

Written by MCJStaff   // June 19, 2014   // 0 Comments




by         –TheGrio

Actor Norm Lewis made history last month, becoming the first African-American to ever star as the Phantom in the Broadway’s long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera.

However, the 51-year-old Tony nominee says there is still a glass ceiling for black actors on Broadway.

“You don’t ever see African-American men being the romantic lead [in Broadway shows],” Lewis told “We’ve had a few guys that have played the romantic lead in Wicked, but you can’t really point out any romantic leads in a show, especially some classic shows that will show African-Americans.”

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