I was first introduced to the Voice that is Norm Lewis from his work on Side Show, and he has quickly become one of my favorite male voices on Broadway. Not only does he have amazing depth in his voice, but he exudes power and warmth. Maybe that’s why I can’t help but feel in the second half of “You Should Be Loved” that Emily Skinner gets what she deserves after turning down a broken-hearted Norm Lewis.
Norm Lewis is high on my list of “Favorite Broadway Stars I’ve Never Seen” (which is an official list, by the way). I can’t get enough of his voice on The Wild Party (gotta love “Eddie and Mae”), and hearing his Curtis Taylor, Jr. on the Dreamgirls concert CD spoiled me; I can’t hear Jamie Foxx sing “When I First Saw You” without cringing because Lewis is so perfect for that role.
I so wanted to make it to New York to see Les Miserables because I wanted to see Lewis as Javert, and I’m so happy that he’s going to be King Triton in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Maybe somebody in the organization will perk up and think of him as a good voice to join Anika Noni Rose in their highly anticipated traditionally animated The Princess and the Frog.
As a bonus, not only does Norm Lewis have an amazing voice, but I’ve heard from people who’ve met him about what a wonderful and nice person he is, which always magnifies any talent in my estimation.
Getting to Know You Interview: http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=12255
July 9, 2007