I’m sure many people can relate to that scary moment when you look into your past yearbooks and see what you looked like 5, 10 or maybe 15 years ago! Well, we decided it would be entertaining to do a little research to find performances from the Broadway stars we know and love from their past. It’s always funny to look back on your memories to see how you have improved as a person, so here we will bring it to you first hand.
This week’s “You Look Different” star is the timeless Broadway leading man, Norm Lewis! As a performer, Norm has the classic ability to lasso anyone into the storyline and believe all the magic occurring on the stage. Making his Broadway debut in 1993, Norm has continued to take audiences by storm in each of his roles, a task near impossible for many people. Norm’s career has been expansive, but here are just a few of his performances that are some of my favorites!
Norm made his Broadway debut in 1993 in the new musical, “The Who’s Tommy”! The rock musical ran for 2 years on Broadway as a hit, and continues to have a huge following to this day. Here we have a clip of Norm Lewis and Alice Ripley performing the incredible song, “Go To The Mirror!”:
In 2000, Norm starred as Eddie in the new Broadway musical, “The Wild Party”! (LaChiusa’s, not to be confused Lippa’s) A hit story with both catchy and innovative songs and staging, Norm was a stand-out with his performance. Here is a video of Norm performing “Eddie & Mae” with Leah Hocking:
One of Norm’s most well known performances is his portrayal of Javert in “Les Miserables” in both the Broadway revival and the 25th Annviersary performance in London. Creating immense depth and precision for the character, Norm was received incredibly well by both critics and audiences alike for his work. In one of his most moving performances, here is Norm performing Javert’s classic song, “Stars”:
Norm’s latest Broadway endeavor was taking on the role of “Porgy” in the newly imagined musical version of the classic opera, “Porgy and Bess”. Bringing life and incredible meaning to the role of Porgy, Norm’s performance was one of the most moving performances I have seen in years. Duetting with the ever fabulous Audra McDonald, here is a video from “Porgy and Bess” of the wonderful song “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”: