A Tony® and GRAMMY® Award-winner, Billy Porter is a singer, composer, actor, playwright and director. Having won the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as “Lola” in the smash hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots. he traded in his high heels for tap shoes to join Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in Savion Glover/s revival of Shuffle Along, “the  season’s essential ticket” according to The New York Times and A Critics Pick.
A tenor with innate vocal power, Porter was a member of the original Broadway casts of Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, and Grease, and has starred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Dreamgirls on Broadway as well. His off-Broadway and regional credits are too numerous to list, as are the number of albums to which he’s lent his voice. His 2014 album, Billy’s Back on Broadway features ten classics made famous on the Great White Way that focus on inspiration, empowerment and hope.
In addition to Broadway, Porter has performed at Carnegie Hall and with John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Philly Pops, and as a soloist for President Bill Clinton and various benefits throughout the United States. He opened Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series delivering a tour de force of boldly inventive stylistic mash-ups of Broadway, swing, disco and old-time gospel that brought the house down. Porter has appeared on the big screen in such films as The Broken Hearts Club and The Humbling with Al Pacino and has had numerous roles in television, including being a guest judge in the the mega-hit television show So You Think You Can Dance.
Porter is a graduate of The Professional Program in Screenwriting at UCLA and is an adjunct professor at his alma mater Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. A writer and director in his own right, Porter conceived a musical revue entitled Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, as well as Being Alive, a musical celebration that aligns the cannons of Stephen Sondheim and William Shakespeare and combines them with the soulful musical styles of the African-American experience.
“It was the kind of juxtaposition [fusion of Broadway and gospel traditions] that probably only Mr. Porter could have pulled off, and it struck deep.” – The New York Times (The Theater Is His Church: Billy Porter Opens the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center)
“Billy Porter: The Heart and Soul of Kinky Boots” – Onstage
Pittsburgh’s Performer of the Year 2003-2004 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://billyporter.com