Norm Lewis Hosts 92NY's 150th Gala Celebration May 7
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BROADWAY'S NORM LEWIS WILL HOST THE 92ND STREET Y, NEW YORK'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY GALA, TUESDAY, MAY 7 at the glasshouse

Honorees include the Wiesel Family in Honor of Elie Wiesel Z"L, Darius De Haas, David Loud, Ted Sperling, and Past 92NY Board Chairs

Performances by Norm Lewis, Elizabeth Stanley, Caleb Teicher & Company, and 92NY's Own Recanati-Kaplan Scholar, 15-Year-Old Keira Chen

Tuesday, April 10, 2024, New York City, NEW YORK – Broadway's Norm Lewis will host The 92nd Street Y, New York's 2024 Spring Gala, Tuesday, May 7, at The Glasshouse (660 Twelfth Avenue). This year marks the sesquicentennial for 92NY. Cocktails will be at 6 pm, followed by dinner and program at 7 pm. During the event, we will recognize exceptional individuals and celebrate the many ways in which donor support has sustained 92NY enabling us to serve our local and global communities like never before. All proceeds benefit 92NY and tickets are available here.

In keeping with the 150th anniversary's theme of "Inspired by the Past, Transforming for the Future," this year's honorees represent both the storied history and innovations for the next generation.

In memory of Elie Wiesel z"l, we will honor the Wiesel family—Marion, Elisha, Lynn, Elijah, Nova, and Jennifer. Professor Wiesel's storied legacy at 92NY includes 180 lectures, readings and conversations on our stage, and we recognize the family's continued commitment to sharing his words and messages through the establishment of the Elie Wiesel Living Archive at 92NY.

We will also honor Darius de Haas, David Loud, and Ted Sperling for their illustrious leadership as Artistic Directors of 92NY's signature Lyrics & Lyricists program that has been delighting audiences and bringing the American Songbook to life on our stage for more than 50 years.

We will recognize all of 92NY's past Board Chairs including Laurence D. Belfer, Matthew Bronfman, Stuart J. Ellman, Michael Goldstein, Thomas S. Kaplan, Marc S. Lipschultz, Fredric Mack, Philip L. Milstein, and Judith O. Rubin.

The festive evening will also feature performances by Norm Lewis, actress and singer Elizabeth Stanley, and Caleb Teicher & Company, under the musical direction of Alexander Gemignani who will preside over the evening's 10-piece ensemble. 92NY Recanati-Kaplan Scholar, 15-year-old Keira Chen will perform as well.

The 2024 Gala Leadership Honorary Chairs are: Sharon Corzine, Lauren and Lee Fixel and Jeff Schoenfeld.

About Norm Lewis
Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and SAG Award nominee, Norm Lewis, was recently seen onstage starring in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of A Soldier's Play and in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End Concert of Love Never Dies. He starred in Spike Lee's critically acclaimed, Da 5 Bloods, and in the groundbreaking FX series, Pose. Additionally, Mr. Lewis can be seen starring opposite Hilary Swank in the feature, The Good Mother, Amazon Prime's newest series, Swarm, and Hulu's, Up Here. He was also seen as 'Caiaphas' in the award-winning NBC 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 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 of 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera's first African American Phantom 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, as well as American Voices with Renée Fleming and the PBS Specials First You Dream – The Music of Kander & Ebb and Ella Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas. He can be seen recurring in the VH1 series, Daytime Divas, also alongside Vanessa Williams. His additional television credits include Women of The Movement, Law & Order, Dr. Death, Mrs. America, Better Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bull, Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods , as well as in his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal.

Mr. Lewis is a proud, founding member of Black Theatre United, an organization which stands together to help protect Black people, Black talent and Black lives of all shapes and orientations in theatre 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 Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess. Other Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who's Tommy. In London's West End he has appeared as Javert in Les Misérables and Les Misérables: The 25th Anniversary Concert, which aired on PBS.

Off-Broadway Mr. Lewis has performed 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 (A.R.T.), Ragtime, Dreamgirls (with Jennifer Holliday), First You Dream, Sweeney Todd, and The Fantasticks.

His additional film credits include Christmas In Tune (starring opposite Reba McEntire), Magnum Opus, Winter's Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir.

Norm's albums The Norm Lewis Christmas Album & This is The Life can be found on Amazon.com as well as cdbaby.com.


About The 92nd Street Y, New York: The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, 92NY offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y, New York is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92NY's programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92NY.org.
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