Shubert New Haven Announces Norm Lewis as Featured Performer for 2022 Gala

Shubert New Haven announces that Broadway’s Norm Lewis will be the featured performer at the Shubert Theater’s 2022 gala on June 8. Chita Rivera – who was originally scheduled to headline the gala – has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to perform. Gala tickets are available from the Shubert Development Department at 203-773-4339. Concert-only tickets are available online at and at the Shubert box office by phone at 203.562.5666 or by visiting Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.

Emmy, Grammy, Tony and SAG Award nominee Norm Lewis recently starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed “Da 5 Bloods” and the groundbreaking FX series, Pose. Additionally, Mr. Lewis can be seen in ABC’s new series, Women of The Movement, and off-screen his voice can be heard in the latest season of Apple TV’s animated series, Central Park. He was also seen as ‘Caiaphas’ on NBC’s award-winning television special, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!’, alongside John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper.

Mr. Lewis returned to Broadway in the fall of 2021, starring in Chicken and Biscuits at the Circle In The Square Theatre. He has previously appeared in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island and as Sweeney Todd in the Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Barrow Street Theatre, receiving the AUDELCO Award for his performance. In May 2014, he made history as the first African-American ghost of the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

He has been seen on PBS in the Live From Lincoln Center productions of Showboat with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis: Who Am I?, New Year’s Eve: A Gershwin Celebration with Diane Reeves, and American Voices with Renée Fleming and the PBS Specials. First You Dream – Music by Kander & Ebb and Ella wishes you a swingin’ Christmas. He can be seen recurring in the VH1 series, Daytime Divas, also alongside Vanessa Williams. Her additional TV credits include Law & Order, Riverdale, Dr. Death, Mrs. America, Better Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bull, Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist and Blue Bloods, as well as his recurring role as a senator. Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.

Mr. Lewis is a proud founding member of Black Theater United, an organization that unites to help protect black people, black talent and black lives of all forms and orientations in theater and communities across the country. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Gershwins’ Broadway production of Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, Chicago, Love, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon and The Who’s Tommy. In London’s West End, he played the role of Javert in Les Miserables and Les Miserables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS.

Off-Broadway, Mr. Lewis has starred in Dessa Rose (Drama Desk nomination, AUDELCO Award), Shakespeare in the Park’s The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drama League nomination), Captains Courageous and A New Brain. His regional credits include Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (ART), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks.

Her additional film credits include Christmas In Tune (with Reba McEntire), Magnum Opus, Winter’s Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences and Preaching to the Choir.

Shubert Theater COVID Policy for Norm Lewis Performances:

The Shubert will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all customers. Face coverings will also be required for all, regardless of vaccination status, inside the building, except when actively eating or drinking.

As part of Shubert’s health and safety policy, anyone entering the Shubert will be required to be fully immunized with an FDA or WHO-cleared vaccine or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Guests who have been vaccinated must present proof of vaccination upon entering the theater with their valid vaccination card and government issued ID. Fully vaccinated means that patrons will have received their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or their single dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to attending a performance at The Shubert.

If not vaccinated, patrons will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

Photo credit: Peter Hurley

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