2013 Tony Reactions: Stark Sands & Billy Porter Talk KINKY Noms
The Tony Award Nominations were just announced and we'll be doing analysis, nominee reactions, behind the scenes coverage and all sorts of other excitement ALL day.
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Stark Sands, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL for Kinky Boots
"I got up and was sitting on the couch with my wife and had my fingers crossed for the show. I think it's amazing, and being a part of it and doing it every night, I know what the audience is feeling. That's part of the beauty of this job, you share with what people are watching. I know that we have a special, and it's worth watching. It feels like a validation for the show, it's not about winning or anything now, it's just really nice to be recognized. "
Billy Porter, BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE IN A MUSICAL for Kinky Boots
"I'm feeling fantastic! I cannot complain... My phone starting ringing off the hook, I was asleep. I'm so thrilled for everyone involved, because it's really hard work putting on a show and you become a family and it's nice to have the whole family recognized. I'm so thrilled for my co-star Stark, because I wouldn't be able to Lola without him and it's amazing. I'm celebrating by sleeping and getting ready to go into this twirl wind of activity. I need to sleep enough so I can do 8 shows a week."
In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance. Inspired by a true story and based on the film, Kinky Boots features a warm and witty book by Mr. Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from Ms. Lauper, in her stunning theatrical debut.