Huey Lewis Finds 'Salvation' in Upcoming Broadway Show Despite Hearing Loss



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Huey Lewis Finds 'Salvation' in Upcoming Broadway Show Despite Hearing Loss
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In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE at the premiere of Netflix's documentary "The Greatest Night In Pop" on Monday, the legendary singer-songwriter Huey Lewis opened up about his eagerly awaited Broadway show, "The Heart of Rock and Roll," which is set to premiere on April 22.

The 73-year-old artist revealed that this new venture has been his "salvation" following a heartbreaking battle with hearing loss. Lewis's hearing problems began seven years ago when he was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a condition that affects the inner ear and leads to vertigo and hearing impairment.

The iconic musician shared that while he can no longer sing or perform due to his hearing loss, he has found a new way to express himself and connect with his audience through musical theater. "Musical theater is probably, I think because it's the most demanding, it's also the most rewarding form of artistic expression and it's immensely collaborative," Lewis explained.

He further expressed his excitement about the project, highlighting the nearly decade-long journey of working as a group to bring "The Heart of Rock and Roll" to life.

Celebrity Bonds and Messages

Huey Lewis also reminisced about his participation in the 1985 charity single "We Are The World," alongside luminaries such as Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder.

He shared a delightful anecdote about the recording process, revealing that during one of the takes, each artist playfully messed up their lines, leading to multiple retakes. Lewis even requested a chance to rehearse his lines, which Michael Jackson kindly supported.

Reflecting on his friendship with Michael Jackson, Lewis stated that they exchanged messages a few times, with Jackson congratulating him on his next record. Additionally, he received a cherished note from the legendary Bob Dylan, making the experience of participating in the charity single even more special.

As Huey Lewis gears up for the Broadway premiere of "The Heart of Rock and Roll," his determination to overcome hearing loss and continue pursuing his passion for music serves as an inspiring testament to his resilience and dedication to his craft. Fans and audiences eagerly await the opening night of what promises to be a remarkable theatrical experience.