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Billy Porter

 
Birth Place:
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Bio:
Billy Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated, actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, PA. His electric portrayal of Pray Tell in FX's breakthrough series "Pose," earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics' Choice Award nomination. ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: September 21, 1969 (52)

Birth Place: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Bio:
Billy Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated, actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, PA. His electric portrayal of Pray Tell in FX's breakthrough series "Pose," earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics' Choice Award nomination. ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Staged Reading, 2018
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Aubrey Lyles
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer
  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2014
Lola [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Lola
Lola [Replacement]
Lola
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2010
Belize
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2010
Belize
  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Calliope
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Bam/Little Pimp/Sook/Minerva
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Performer
Performer
  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Performer
Other Roles
  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Audrey II [voice] [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Hot and Sleazy New York Man, Diva Man, Media/Critic/Journalist, Business Person, Prom Goer, New Yorker, SVA Student, Graffiti Artist, Celebrity, Galle
Various Roles
  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
James Thunder Early
  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1995
Performer
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Solanio
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Teen Angel
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1991
John [Replacement]

Productions

 
[Boston, 2019]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Vocal Music Arranger

Writing

Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Playwright
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Conceiver

Photos

Ledisi and Billy Porter Photo

Ledisi and Billy Porter

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03/21/2022
Director Billy Porter and Arrangements/Orchestrations James Sampliner Photo

Director Billy Porter and Arrangements/Orchestrations James Sampliner

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Date:
03/21/2022
Director Billy Porter and Production Stage Manager Cody Renard Richard Photo

Director Billy Porter and Production Stage Manager Cody Renard Richard

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03/21/2022
Producing Creative Director of Encores Clint Ramos, Director Billy Porter and Preside Photo

Producing Creative Director of Encores Clint Ramos, Director Billy Porter and President/Chief Executive of New York City Center Arlene Shuler

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Date:
03/21/2022
Ledisi and Billy Porter Photo

Ledisi and Billy Porter

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Date:
03/21/2022

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
New York Staged Reading, 2018
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2016
Aubrey Lyles

  [Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer

  [US Tour]
First National Tour, 2014
Lola [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Lola

Lola [Replacement]

Lola

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2010
Belize

  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2010
Belize

  [New York]
Reading, 2006
Calliope

  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Bam/Little Pimp/Sook/Minerva

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2005
Performer

Performer

  [Broadway]
Actors' Fund Concert, 2004
Performer

Other Roles

  [Off-Broadway]
2004
Performer

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
Audrey II [voice] [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2003
Hot and Sleazy New York Man, Diva Man, Media/Critic/Journalist, Business Person, Prom Goer, New Yorker, SVA Student, Graffiti Artist, Celebrity, Galle

Various Roles

  [Broadway]
New York Concert, 2001
James Thunder Early

  [Off-Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1995
Performer

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Performer [Replacement]

  [Off-Broadway]
1995
Solanio

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1994
Teen Angel

  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1991
John [Replacement]

Productions

[Boston, 2019]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2015]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2005]
Vocal Music Arranger

Writing
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Playwright
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Conceiver

Billy Porter Biography

Billy Porter is a Tony and Grammy Award-winning, and Golden Globe-nominated, actor, singer, director, composer, and playwright from Pittsburgh, PA.

His electric portrayal of Pray Tell in FX's breakthrough series "Pose," earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a Critics' Choice Award nomination. On screen, Porter recently appeared on "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" and Baz Luhrman's "The Get Down" on Netflix. Under the direction of Barry Levinson, Porter starred in The Humbling, alongside Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig. His other film credits include Noel, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Intern, Anastasia, and Twisted.

A veteran of the theatre, Porter reprised his role as Lola in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, for which he won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical. His other Broadway acting credits include the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe, Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe's Café, and Dreamgirls (20th anniversary Broadway concert and LA Ovation Award). His Off Broadway and regional credits include Angels in America (Signature Theater), Romance In Hard Times, The Merchant of Venice, House of Lear, and Radiant Baby (The New York Shakespeare Festival), Birdie Blue (Second Stage), Angels in America (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Going Native (The Long Wharf), Jelly's Last Jam (Alliance), Topdog/Underdog (City Theatre), King Lear (Exit, Pursued By A Bear), Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World (original cast), Jesus Christ Superstar, Antigone, A Chorus Line, and Chicago. His one-man show Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, debuted at The Public Theater in conjunction with City Theatre of Pittsburgh and was nominated for a 2005 GLAAD Media Award. Porter was also named "Pittsburgh's Performer of the Year 2003-2004" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Billy Porter Awards and Nominations

 
BroadwayWorld Awards - 2013 - Best Leading Actor in a Musical Gold Star
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
 
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots
 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Billy Porter, Kinky Boots

Billy Porter News

Sunday Morning Michael Dale:  Giants Can Be Good in Into The Woods & Artist and Subje Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale: Giants Can Be Good in Into The Woods & Artist and Subject Fight For Control of the Narrative in Shooting Celebrities
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2022

Three plays where what seems like the truth might be a subjective point of view.

LISTEN: Billy Porter Talks Broadway, New Record Deal & More on 100.7 Star Photo LISTEN: Billy Porter Talks Broadway, New Record Deal & More on 100.7 Star
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Billy Porter joined high school friend Bubba on 100.7 Star this afternoon as he gears up to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and will attend The Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books to promote his memoir ‚ÄėUnprotected‚Äô.¬†

A STRANGE LOOP Original Broadway Cast Recording To Be Released in June Photo A STRANGE LOOP Original Broadway Cast Recording To Be Released in June
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

‚ÄčGhostlight Records and¬†Yellow Sound Label¬†have announced that the original Broadway Cast Recording of¬†A Strange Loop,¬†Michael R. Jackson‚Äôs¬†Pulitzer-Prize winning musical will be released in digital and streaming formats on¬†Friday, June 10.

Joey Contreras Joins The Broadway Talk Show Live With Rye & Friends On Broadway This  Photo Joey Contreras Joins The Broadway Talk Show Live With Rye & Friends On Broadway This Sunday
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2022

The popular weekly Broadway talk show Live with Rye & Friends on Broadway, now at the Broadway Makers Marketplace and hosted by renowned talk show Host & Producer Rye Myers 'Your Broadway & Entertainment BFF!' welcomes Joey Contreras as a special guest on this week's show. Contreras is a musical theatre and pop songwriter internationally known for his four studio albums, Love Me, Love Me Not, Young Kind of Love, Joyride, and In Pieces: A New Musical (Highlights). 

Tony-Winner Jennifer Holliday Stops By THE ROUNDTABLE WITH ROBERT BANNON Photo Tony-Winner Jennifer Holliday Stops By THE ROUNDTABLE WITH ROBERT BANNON
by A.A. Cristi - May 10, 2022

Tony/Grammy Winning Superstar Jennifer Holliday joins 'The Roundtable with Robert Bannon' Thursday May 12th at 7pm EST on 'The Roundtable' YouTube Channel. Holliday, famous for her portrayal of Effie in 'Dreamgirls' recently released a brand new single 'So In Love' now streaming on all streaming platforms.

Lyric Named Official Theatre of Oklahoma Photo Lyric Named Official Theatre of Oklahoma
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

Lyric Theatre has been named the Official Theatre of the State of Oklahoma. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 1385, authored by Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd and House Majority Leader Jon Echols, bestowing the honor for the flagship theatre founded in 1963.

Eleri Ward to Release Special Vinyl Edition of A PERFECT LITTLE DEATH Photo Eleri Ward to Release Special Vinyl Edition of A PERFECT LITTLE DEATH
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS will release a special vinyl edition of Eleri Ward album A Perfect Little Death on Friday, June 17. It’s currently available for pre-order. She will celebrate the release with a special sold-out concert at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) in New York on June 7, which follows two sold-out shows earlier this year.

New Works by Keenan Scott II, Anna Deavere Smith & More to be Featured in New York St Photo New Works by Keenan Scott II, Anna Deavere Smith & More to be Featured in New York Stage and Film Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

New York Stage and Film, will return July 9-August 7 for five weeks of in-person programming in Poughkeepsie for their 2022 Summer Season. 

Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall Photo Vanessa Williams to Join SETH RUDETSKY'S BROADWAY at The Town Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 5, 2022

The Town Hall & Mark Cortale will continue with the latest installment of the internationally acclaimed concert series Seth Rudetsky's Broadway, hosted and music directed by Sirius/XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). On Monday, June 20 at 8pm, Seth welcomes platinum recording artist and star of stage and screen Vanessa Williams.

New York Stage and Film Announces Summer Season Featuring Josh Radnor, Lily Houghton, Photo New York Stage and Film Announces Summer Season Featuring Josh Radnor, Lily Houghton, Anna Deavere Smith, and More
by Stephi Wild - May 5, 2022

New York Stage and Film returns July 9-August 7 for five weeks of in-person programming in Poughkeepsie for their 2022 Summer Season.  For 38 years, NYSAF has operated as a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that continue across the country and around the world.  All tickets are $25 and go on sale June 1.

Billy Porter Videos

BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER VideoBWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Debbie Allen will guest star on a new episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. BroadwayWorld is sharing an exclusive clip from the new episode, featuring Allen as Myrtle, an ostrich-riding cowgirl who raps about the barbecue food she will serve to the Proud Family. Watch the exclusive clip now!

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 VideoVIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Encores! THE LIFE in Rehearsals VideoVIDEO: Sneak Peek of Encores! THE LIFE in Rehearsals
by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 14, 2022

The Life, directed and adapted by Billy Porter, is getting ready to begin performances at City Center Encores! this week. The production stars Jelani Alladin as Lou, Alexandra Grey as Queen, Antwayn Hopper as Memphis, Grammy nominee Mykal Kilgore as Young JoJo, Grammy Award winner Ledisi as Sonja, Erika Olson as Mary, Destan Owens as Old Jojo, and Ken Robinson as Fleetwood. Performances run March 16-20, 2022.

VIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks Working with Stephen Sondheim on LATE NIGHT VideoVIDEO: Annaleigh Ashford Talks Working with Stephen Sondheim on LATE NIGHT
by Michael Major - Jan 27, 2022

Annaleigh Ashford appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to discuss the new season of B Positive, which is currently in its second season on CBS. During the interview, Ashford discussed her memories working with the late Stephen Sondheim during the 2017 revival of Sunday in the Park with George. Watch the interview now!

VIDEO: Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Tituss Burgess & Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing New CENTRAL  VideoVIDEO: Josh Gad, Rory O'Malley, Tituss Burgess & Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing New CENTRAL PARK Song
by Michael Major - Jan 21, 2022

In a first look at the second half of the new season, Josh Gad and Rory O’Malley reunite for a catchy musical number called “You are the Music.' The song is written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez and also features Tituss Burgess and Emmy Raver-Lampman. Watch the new music video now!

VIDEO: Billy Porter Talks NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN EVE on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter Talks NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN EVE on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Dec 28, 2021

Porter will be hosting the special from New Orleans and teased what viewers can expect from the special and his performance of his new single, 'Children.' Porter will also share a sneak peek of his upcoming single on the special.

VIDEO: Watch Billy Porter Sing 'From A Distance' For Bette Midler at the Kennedy Cent VideoVIDEO: Watch Billy Porter Sing 'From A Distance' For Bette Midler at the Kennedy Center Honors
by Michael Major - Dec 21, 2021

Billy Porter honored Bette Midler as she received the Kennedy Center Honor with a performance of 'From A Distance.' Melissa Manchester will present Midler with the honor. The tribute will also feature Kelli O'Hara singing 'Wind Beneath My Wings'. Beanie Feldstein and Kate Baldwin will also appear in the tribute.

VIDEO: Watch Billy Porter's New 'Children' Music video VideoVIDEO: Watch Billy Porter's New 'Children' Music video
by Michael Major - Dec 15, 2021

Billy Porter has revealed his official music video for ‚ÄúChildren‚ÄĚ. The visual is Porter's first video with his new team at the Island/Republic record label. ‚ÄúChildren‚ÄĚ is a high-energy dance floor anthem co-written with GRAMMY¬ģ Award-nominated songwriter MNEK [H.E.R., Dua Lipa] and Little Mix‚Äôs Jade Thirlwall.

VIDEO: Billy Porter Opens Up About New Memoir on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter Opens Up About New Memoir on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021

Billy Porter appeared on Good Morning America this morning to discuss his new memoir, the final season of POSE, and his film directorial debut. Watch the full interview now!

VIDEO: Billy Porter on His Struggles Growing Up, Career Triumphs, and More on CBS SUN VideoVIDEO: Billy Porter on His Struggles Growing Up, Career Triumphs, and More on CBS SUNDAY MORNING
by Stephi Wild - Oct 10, 2021

This morning, CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment on actor-dancer-singer-director and Broadway veteran Billy Porter. In the interview, Porter talks with correspondent Seth Doane about a childhood filled with years of rejection, doubt and abuse ‚Äď and about how he survived and triumphed.


Billy Porter Frequently Asked Questions

What is Billy Porter next theatre project?
Billy Porter's next show will be Untitled Sex Project which opens on 12/31/2030 on Off-Broadway.

How many Broadway shows has Billy Porter been in?
Billy Porter has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Billy Porter been in?
Billy Porter has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Billy Porter been nominated for?
Best Leading Actor in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Kinky Boots , Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Kinky Boots , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Kinky Boots Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Kinky Boots and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Kinky Boots .

What awards has Billy Porter won?
Best Leading Actor in a Musical (BroadwayWorld Awards) for Kinky Boots.

How many shows has Billy Porter written?
Billy Porter has written 4 shows including Ghetto Superstar (Bookwriter), Ghetto Superstar (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Mixed Company (Conceiver), Untitled Sex Project (Playwright).