Lewis gets ovation as Phantom
A thunderous standing ovation congratulated Norm Lewis as he became the first black actor to take on the title role in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and rich voice as Porgy to the recent “Porgy and Bess” revival, made his “Phantom” debut Monday night opposite a returning Sierra Boggess as Christine.
Lewis played John in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway, Javert on Broadway in “Les Miserables” in 2006 and was in the shows “Side Show,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Chicago” and “Sondheim on Sondheim.”
Lewis is the first black Phantom on Broadway, although Robert Guillaume played the role in the Los Angeles production in 1990. Lewis’ debut in the musical makes him Broadway’s 13th Phantom.
Baldwin’s bike ride goes wrong
Actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and issued two summonses after allegedly acting belligerently toward two officers who had stopped him for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a New York City street, police said Tuesday.
The “30 Rock” star was riding his bike the wrong way at 16th Street and Fifth Avenue near Union Square Park in Manhattan when he was stopped at about 10:15 a.m. and asked to show identification, they said.
That’s when Baldwin, 56, refused to show his ID and acted belligerently, prompting the officers to handcuff him and take him, and his bicycle, to a nearby precinct, they said.
Baldwin was issued two summonses – for riding a bike the wrong way down a street and for disorderly conduct – and was then released, police said.
He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on the disorderly conduct summons July 24.
‘Idol’ winner joins vets on stage
This year’s winner of “American Idol,” country singer Jennifer Nettles, will join the lineup of performers at the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington.
Organizers announced Tuesday that Nettles will perform a musical tribute for returning veterans from Afghanistan, who will join her on stage at the May 25 concert. This year’s festivities, televised on PBS, will welcome home veterans and honor those who were killed or wounded.
The lineup also includes 2013 winner of “The Voice” Danielle Bradbery, Colin Powell, actors Gerald McRaney, Gary Sinise and Joe Montegna, Broadway star Megan Hilty and singers Jackie Evancho and Anthony Kearns.
Mane pleads guilty in gun case
Rapper Gucci Mane reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal firearms charge in Atlanta.
The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. Prosecutors recommended that Davis be sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison.
Davis was found to have a gun on Sept. 12 and had a different gun in his possession two days later, and he acted erratically and threatened people on both occasions, according to the indictment.
The plea agreement focused only on the latter incident.