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Live From Lincoln Center - the pioneering, award-winning performing arts series - continues its 40th anniversary season with another concert from Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featuring Billy Porter tonight, April 3, in BROADWAY AND SOUL. Tony Award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald hosts the broadcast.

Song selections include: "But the World Goes 'Round" (Fred Ebb and John Kander); Don't Rain on My Parade" (Bob Merrill and Jule Styne"; Kinky Boots Medley (Cyndi Lauper); and "I'm Not My Father's Son" (Cyndi Lauper).

The incredibly talented Pittsburgh-native Billy Porter is a singer, composer, actor, playwright and director. He starred as Lola in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, a role that won him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. His other theater credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe's Café, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar (one-man show), Topdog/Underdogand King Lear.

Porter has appeared in films and on television, including Law & Order: SVU, So You Think You Can Dance (as a guest judge) and The Big C among other shows, and will appear in the upcoming film The Humbling, starring Al Pacino.

Porter's solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul - LIVE on Sh-K-Boom Records and his most recent recording, Billy's Back on Broadway, on Concord Records.

Porter's concert credits include opening for Rosie O'Donnell and Aretha Franklin, Carnegie Hall, John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, soloist for President Bill Clinton and various benefits throughout the United States.

This episode, taped on January 28, 2015, features music direction by James Sampliner and directed for television by Andrew C. Wilk.

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