DOYLESTOWN, PA - For the second consecutive year, the James A. Michener Art Museum will host a three-part cabaret series featuring nationally known Broadway performers, made possible by a grant through the PNC Arts Alive Initiative. Norm Lewis from Phantom of the Opera, Shoshana Bean from Wicked, and Amber Iman from Hamilton will perform on June 14, July 12, and August 9, respectively. Free tickets to each performance will be made available through an online sweepstakes at MichenerArtMuseum.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase.
Norm Lewis appeared in the recent NBC television special "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!" and on Broadway in Once on This Island, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Chicago, Amour, The Wild Party, Side Show, Miss Saigon, and The Who's Tommy. In 2014, he made history as The Phantom of the Opera's first African-American Phantom on Broadway. His additional television credits include "Live from the Lincoln Center" productions on PBS, the VH1 series Daytime Divas, Chicago Med, Gotham, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods, and his recurring role as Senator Edison Davis on the hit drama Scandal. On film Mr. Lewis can be seen in the newly released drama Magnum Opus, and has appeared in Winter's Tale, Sex and the City 2, Confidences, and Preaching to the Choir.
Shoshana Bean made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Hairspray and starred as the first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked. Most recently, she appeared as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and as Cee-Cee Bloom in the new musical adaptation of Beaches, for which she earned a Jeff Award Nomination for best lead actress in a musical. Shoshana has sold out solo concerts around the globe, lent her voice to countless films and television shows, amassed millions of views on YouTube, toured with Postmodern Jukebox, performed alongside David Foster, Ariana Grande, and Brian McKnight, and sang back up for Michael Jackson for his 30th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. Her music has been featured in television shows on NBC, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo and Showtime. Her four independent solo releases have all topped the iTunes charts in the U.S. and UK, with her latest album Spectrum landing at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts.
Amber Iman made her Broadway debut as the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, in Soul Doctor, earning rave reviews and a nomination for the prestigious Clive Barnes Award. Most recently she tackled the role of Aldonza in "Man of la Mancha" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, receiving the Emery Battis Award for Acting Excellence and a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical. In spring of 2016, Amber returned to Broadway in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Brazen, hilarious, unflinchingly political, and musically gifted, Amber Iman has spent the last year starring in the national tour of Hamilton. She has also starred in numerous off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Amber is a proud founding member of the Broadway Advocacy Coalition.
"Broadway Cabaret at the Michener Art Museum presented by PNC Arts Alive brings the magic of Broadway to Doylestown, giving new audiences access to these talented performers," said Barbara Donnelly Bentivoglio, interim executive director. "This program is one of many that we offer at the Michener in our commitment to bring high-quality art and cultural experiences to our community year-round."
PNC Arts Alive is a multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. The Michener Art Museum is one of only 20 arts organizations in the Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region selected to receive the prestigious PNC Arts Alive grant, which is awarded for "bold thinking around increasing arts access and engagement."
"Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community," said Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. "The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances."
For more information about the sweepstakes or to purchase tickets, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215.340.9800.