On Thursday, producers of the long-running show announced that the stage vet and “Scandal” actor would make his debut alongside Sierra Boggess on May 12. They noted that he will be the first African-American to play the role.
â€œI love the show but also to have hopefully set a precedent to see more diversity in casting,â€ Lewis told The Associated Press.
The thespian’s Broadway credits include “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables,” “Chicago,” “Side Show,” “Sondheim on Sondheim,” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” (in which he received a Tony nomination), among others.
To date, “Phantom ” has played to more than 130 million people in 27 countries and grossed more than $5.6 billion worldwide.