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March 17, 2015

Live From Lincoln Center: Billy Porter and Norm Lewis Broadcasts in April

Live From Lincoln Center

Date: March 17, 2015

Eric M. Gewirtz




Two Concerts From Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series:

“Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul”, April 3

“Norm Lewis: Who Am I?”, April 10


With Series Host Audra McDonald


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Live From Lincoln Center — the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series — continues its 40th anniversary season with two outstanding concerts form Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series, featuring Billy Porter (April 3) and Norm Lewis (April 10). Six-time Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald will host each broadcast. Details follow below.


“Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul”

Friday, April 3, 2015 (check local listings)

The incredibly talented Pittsburgh-native Billy Porter is a singer, composer, actor, playwright and director.  He starred as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, a role that won him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. His other theater credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Café, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdog and King Lear. Porter has appeared in films and on television, including Law & Order: SVU, So You Think You Can Dance (as a guest judge) and The Big C among other shows, and will appear in the upcoming film The Humbling, starring Al Pacino. Porter’s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul – LIVE on Sh-K-Boom Records and his most recent recording, Billy’s Back on Broadway, on Concord Records. Porter’s concert credits include opening for Rosie O’Donnell and Aretha Franklin, Carnegie Hall, John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, soloist for President Bill Clinton and various benefits throughout the United States. This episode, taped on January 28, 2015, features music direction by James Sampliner and directed for television by Andrew C. Wilk. For more information on Billy Porter, please visit:

Song selections include: “But the World Goes ‘Round” (Fred Ebb and John Kander); Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Bob Merrill and Jule Styne”; Kinky Boots Medley (Cyndi Lauper); and “I’m Not My Father’s Son” (Cyndi Lauper).

Preview video:

NOTE: Kinky Boots composer Cyndi Lauper will not appear as previously announced.


“Norm Lewis: Who Am I?”

Friday, April 10, 2015 (check local listings)

Last winter, The New York Times called Norm Lewis’ performance in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook (“Norm Lewis: Who Am I?”) series a “high point of the year.” Audiences clamoring for a chance to experience this multi-talented singer and actor have another opportunity as LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER presents his reprise in this year’s American Songbook season. Lewis holds the distinction of being the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. For two decades, he has brought his powerful timbre and creamy tone to roles as varied as Porgy opposite Audra McDonald in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (for which he received a 2012 Tony nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical)Javert in the Broadway and 25th anniversary London productions of Les Miserables, the Broadway revue Sondheim on Sondheim, Billy Flynn in Chicago and Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona in Shakespeare in the Park. In 2005, he captured particular attention and a Drama Desk Award nomination for his role in the Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Dessa Rose. On television, Lewis played Senator Edison Davis on the ABC hit series Scandal, and reprised the role of Javert in the star-studded 25th anniversary O2 Arena Concert of Les Misérables. He recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s production of the iconic musical Showboat (to be seen on a future Live From Lincoln Center broadcast) and on Live From Lincoln Center’s New Year’s Eve broadcast singing Gershwin selections with Dianne Reeves and the New York Philharmonic. Lewis also recently released a solo album of Broadway, pop and classical songs entitled This Is the Life. This episode, taped on January 29, 2015, is directed for the stage by Richard Jay-Alexander, with musical direction by Joseph Joubert, and directed for television by Annette Jolles. For more information on Norm Lewis, please visit:

Song selections include: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” (Music by Frederick Loewe, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner); “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” (Music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin); “What’s Going On” (Renaldo Benson, al Cleveland, and Marvin Gaye); and “No One Is Alone” (Stephen Sondheim).

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Andrew C. Wilk, Executive Producer, Live From Lincoln Center

Andrew C. Wilk is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director whose career has encompassed leading roles in many areas of television and media content. He arrived at Lincoln Center in 2012, and has served as executive producer of Live From Lincoln Center, combining his extensive television, music and theater backgrounds. Prior to his work at Lincoln Center, Wilk served as chief creative officer at Sony Music Entertainment, where he oversaw all visual content for Sony’s label groups and spearheaded Sony’s digital expansion. He also served as founding programmer and executive vice president of Programming, Production and News for the National Geographic Channel — where he launched the channel and developed its initial programming, as well as scheduled and commissioned new programs, including specials with PBS and NBC. Wilk has won four Emmy Awards and has received 13 nominations, in addition to other distinguished industry awards for programming excellence. Over the course of his career, he has produced or directed more than 1,000 television shows ranging from children’s programming to news to commercial entertainment. Additionally, Wilk has maintained a second career in music and theater, having conducted and directed hundreds of musicals, symphonic and concert performances.


About Live From Lincoln Center

Live From Lincoln Center is a cornerstone of performing arts broadcasting, presenting the world’s greatest artists and performances in music, dance and theater from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages. Now in its 40th season on PBS, the pioneering series — produced by Lincoln Center — has been seen by hundreds of millions of viewers since its debut and has celebrated 13 Emmy Awards and other honors for its broadcasting excellence. Additional Live From Lincoln Center content is accessible online at and


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About Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the School of American Ballet and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, LCPA led a series of major capital projects, now complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus. For more information, visit or


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In addition to underwriting from MetLife, the series is also made possible with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson 1962 Charitable Trust, Thomas H. Lee and Ann Tenenbaum, The Robert and Renée Belfer Family Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul (Live From Lincoln Center)
Caption: Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul on Live From Lincoln Center, Friday, April 3 (*check local listings)
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Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul
Caption: Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul on Live From Lincoln Center, Friday, April 3 (*check local listings)
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Norm Lewis: Who Am I?
Caption: Norm Lewis: Who Am I? on Live From Lincoln Center, Friday, April 10 (*check local listings)
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Norm Lewis: Who Am I?
Caption: Norm Lewis: Who Am I? on Live From Lincoln Center, Friday, April 10 (*check local listings)
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