Billy Porter (entertainer)

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Billy Porter
Born (1969-09-21) September 21, 1969 (age 45)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Pop singer, theatre actor

2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical

Billy Porter (born September 21, 1969, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Broadway performer, pop singer, film and television actor and vocal coach. He graduated from the Musical Theatre Program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's[1] School of Drama and achieved fame performing on Broadway before going off on a solo career as a singer.

Porter won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in Kinky Boots at the 67th Tony Awards.[2] For the role, Porter also won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.[3][4]


He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A in Drama as well as a certification from The Professional Program In Screenwriting[5] at UCLA.

He played the Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease!. Other plays he has been in include Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) for which Porter was nominated for "Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off Broadway Award" at the 17th GLAAD Media Awards and in Topdog/Underdog at City Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dreamgirls at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the song cycles "Myths and Hymns" and "Songs for a New World". In September 2010, Porter appeared as Belize in Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.[6] Billy originated the role of "Lola" in Kinky Boots, with songs by Cyndi Lauper, book by Harvey Fierstein and directed/choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Porter won both the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for this role.[citation needed]

Porter has also appeared in a number of films. He landed a major role as Shiniqua, a drag queen who befriends Angel (David Norona) and Lee (Keivyn McNeill Graves) in Seth Michael Donsky's Twisted, an adaptation of Oliver Twist. He has also appeared on an episode of the The RuPaul Show.

He has had a musical career with two albums released, Billy Porter on A&M Records in 1997 and At the Corner of Broadway + Soul in 2005 on Sh-K-Boom Records. He was also featured in a number of songs in the tribute album It's Only Life: The Songs of John Bucchino in 2006 released on PS Classics and in Adam Guettel's album Myths and Hymns on Nonesuch Records. He also covered "Only One Road" that was included on the Human Rights Campaign compilation album Love Rocks. Porter wrote the play While I Yet Live, which will make its debut in September 2014 as a Primary Stages production.[citation needed]




  • 1997: "Show Me"/"What Iz Time"
  • 2005: "Awaiting You" (from Myths and Hymns)/"Time" (Live) (Sh-K-Boom Records)
Other songs
Appears in





  1. ^ "Family Celebrates Billy Porter’s Tony Award Win « CBS Pittsburgh". 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ Purcell, Carey (2013-06-09). "Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2103-06-10.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2013-05-19). "Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, Pippin, Matilda, Vanya and Sonia Win Drama Desk Awards". Playbill. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (May 13, 2013). "Pippin Is Big Winner of 2012-13 Outer Critics Circle Awards". Playbill. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "UCLA Professional Programs". Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Signature Theatre Company - Announcing the Cast of ''Angels in America''". 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ "David Raleigh THE FRIENDS PROJECT - "That's What Friends Are For" Official Video (HD)". YouTube. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  8. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance - 2014 Casting Guide with Call Dates". Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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