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Durham Native Tours in Broadway Show

By Eddy Ball
November 2006

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis had his opportunity to serenade Nala before packed houses in Raleigh. (Photo courtesy Terry Lewis)

S.J. Hannah and Chauntee Schuler
(L to R) S.J. Hannah as "Simba" and Chauntée Schuler as "Nala" embrace in "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from THE LION KING National Tour. ©2006, Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Gragg, Broadway Series South Press Representative)

NIEHS employee Terry Lewis is a mom with good reason to be especially proud of her son during the Raleigh performances of the Broadway musical "Lion King." Durham native and Riverside High graduate Chris Lewis is a member of the Gazelle Company, which performed the musical to record crowds at Memorial Auditorium. He has been living his high school dream after landing a role as the understudy for the lead character Simba and member of the ensemble. Chris took over the role when S.J. Hannah went on vacation in late October.

A program assistant in the DIR Office of the Scientific Director, Terry Lewis spent five and a half weeks in September and October watching fellow employees make the connection between the shy mom and her handsome, talented son. "I told a few people when I found out Chris was coming [to the Triangle]," she said, "and the news began to spread like wildfire."

With his time in the limelight, Chris has already accomplished more than most performers. Now that he has a national tour to his credit, there's no telling how far Chris' talents will take him.

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