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Celebrate the opening of Olney Outdoors and Olney Theatre’s 86th birthday with a special concert by Emmy, Tony, and SAG Award nominee Norm Lewis. In May of 2014 Norm made history as Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway. Since then he’s earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance as Porgy in The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, along with a bevy of other Broadway credits including: Sondheim on SondheimThe Little Mermaid, Les MisérablesChicagoAmourThe Wild PartySide ShowMiss 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.

2024-25 Olney Outdoors
Part of the 2024-25 Olney Outdoors
  • Norm Lewis photo

    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." Mr. Lewis last appeared on Broadway in the Fall of 2021, starring in Chicken and Biscuits at the Circle In The Square Theatre. He received several award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess and in 2014 made history as the first Black “Phantom” in The Phantom Of The Opera.  He is an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and SAG Award nominee for his work onstage, screen, and in music. Mr. Lewis is a proud, founding member of Black Theatre United.


For most events seating for Olney Outdoors is purchased by section. Those sections include:

  • Chair Seating - Olney Theatre-provided chairs in front of the stage
  • Riser Seats—The seats are slightly off to the side and provide an unobstructed view of the stage. They are metal benches and are raked, so there are stairs involved. For your comfort, we supply seat cushions or you're welcome to bring your own.
  • Lawn - Areas for blankets and bring-your-own chair. Sightlines may be obscured.

Seating within sections is general admission. So arrive early to save your seat.


In case of severe or inclement weather, this program may have a delayed start time or be moved indoors to the Roberts Mainstage. Patrons will be notified by email in the event of a shift of venue indoors.

All-Access Membership

If more than one or two events sound exciting, then you should consider purchasing our All-Access MembershipFor only $150 you can see everything Olney Theatre produces and presents, including Mainstage performances from July 1 - September 30*. 

Available for singles, couples, and households!

*A Night with Norm Lewis will be available at half-price for all-access members.

A Night With Norm Lewis

Thursday July 25th 2024 at 8:00pm

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