Billy Porter (entertainer)
Billy Porter (born September 21, 1969) is an American stage performer, pop singer, and actor. He attended the Musical Theatre program at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School's School of Drama and achieved fame performing on  Broadway before starting a solo career as a singer.
Porter won the 2013
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Lola in at the Kinky Boots 67th Tony Awards. For the role, Porter also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical.
Porter was born in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William E. Porter and Clorinda Jean Johnson Ford.  His sister is Mary Martha Ford.  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 graduate-level Professional Program In Screenwriting at UCLA.
During the summers of 1985-1987, Porter was a member of an entertainment group called "Flash" which performed daily at
Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.
He played the Teen Angel in the 1994 Broadway revival of
. Other shows he has been in include Grease! at Topdog/Underdog City Theatre (2004),  and Jesus Christ Superstar at Dreamgirls Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (2004) and the song cycles "  Myths and Hymns" and " Songs for a New World" (Off-Broadway, 1995).
Porter wrote and performed in his one-man autobiographical show,
Ghetto Superstar (The Man That I Am) at Joe's Pub in New York City in February and March 2005.   Porter was nominated for "Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off Broadway Award" at the  17th GLAAD Media Awards.
In September 2010, Porter appeared as Belize in
Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner's . Angels in America 
Porter originated the role of "Lola" in
on Broadway in 2013, with songs by Kinky Boots 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. 
Porter has also appeared in a number of films. He played a major role as Shiniqua, a drag queen who befriends Angel (
David Norona) and Lee (Keivyn McNeill Graves) in Seth Michael Donsky's (1997), an adaptation of Twisted Oliver Twist. He has also appeared on an episode of  .
The RuPaul Show
He has had a musical career with three solo albums released,
Billy Porter on DV8/ A&M Records in 1997, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul in 2005 on Sh-K-Boom Records and Billy's Back on Broadway ( Concord Music Group) in 2014. He 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. He sings on Adam Guettel's 1999 album  Myths and Hymns studio cast album on Nonesuch Records. He also covered "  Only One Road" that was included on the Human Rights Campaign compilation album .
Porter wrote the play
While I Yet Live, which premiered Off-Broadway at Primary Stages on September 24, 2014 in previews, officially on October 12. In addition to Porter, the cast included Lillias White and S. Epatha Merkerson. 
Billy Porter released
Billy Porter Presents the Soul of Richard Rodgers in April, 2017. The album, which features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs, includes solos and duets from the following artists (in addition to Porter himself): Tony and Grammy Award winners Cynthia Erivo ( ), The Color Purple Renée Elise Goldsberry ( ) and Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr. ( Hamilton), Tony Award-winner Patina Miller ( ), Grammy Award winners Pippin Pentatonix and India Arie, Tony Award nominees Brandon Victor Dixon ( ), Shuffle Along Joshua Henry ( ), and Violet Christopher Jackson ( Hamilton), alongside YouTube sensation and star Kinky Boots Todrick Hall and multiple Grammy Award nominees Deborah Cox and Ledisi.
Porter reprised the role of Lola in Kinky Boots on September 26, 2017, on Broadway, where he did a 15-week run.
In 2018, Porter starred in the FX show,
in the role of Pray Tell. Pose has been picked up for a second season to be aired in 2019. In August 2018, Porter confirmed via Pose Instagram that he was joining the cast of for its eighth season, subtitled American Horror Story Apocalypse.  Porter duetted with  Pose co-star Dyllón Burnside and sang from his album in a benefit concert emceed by Burnside on July 23, 2018, to celebrate the season 1 finale and raising money for GLSEN.  
 Personal life
He and Adam Smith were married on January 14, 2017.
 Discography Albums Singles 1997: "Show Me"/"What Iz Time"
2005: "Awaiting You"/"Time" (Live) (Sh-K-Boom Records)
2017: "Edelweiss" Other songs Appears in Concerts
Porter has performed at various venues in New York City, including
Lincoln Center, which was broadcast on PBS in 2015
and  Joe's Pub in New York City.
 Filmography Film Television Theatre
Playbill Vault; Off-Broadway Database 
, Ensemble/John (u/s), Broadway (1991) Miss Saigon
, Teen Angel, Broadway (1994) Grease
, Solanio, Off-Broadway (1995) The Merchant of Venice
, Performer, Off-Broadway (1995) Songs for a New World
, Performer, Broadway (1995–97) Smokey Joe's Cafe
, John (replacement), Broadway (1998–99) Miss Saigon
, Jesus of Nazareth, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Nyack, NY (1998) Jesus Christ Superstar 
, James Thunder Early, New York Actors Fund concert (September 2001) Dreamgirls 
, Various, Off-Broadway (2003) Radiant Baby
, Topdog/Underdog City Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA (2004) 
, Audrey ll (replacement), Broadway (2004) Little Shop of Horrors
Chef's Theater: A Musical Feast, Performer, Off-Broadway (2004)
Ghetto Superstar, Performer, Off-Broadway (2005) - also playwright
Birdie Blue, Bam/Little Pimp/Sook/Minerva, Off-Broadway (2005)
, Performer, New York (2009) Putting It Together
, Belize, Off-Broadway (2010) Angels in America
, Lola, Broadway (2013-2015) Kinky Boots
, Lola (replacement), Tour (2014) Kinky Boots
HAM: A Musical Memoir, Off-Broadway (2015) - director
, Aubrey Lyles, Broadway (2016) Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
, Off-Broadway (2016) White Rabbit Red Rabbit  , Lola (replacement), Broadway (2017) Kinky Boots Awards and nominations See also References
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Purcell, Carey (June 10, 2013). ". Kinky Boots, Vanya and Sonia, Pippin and Virginia Woolf? Are Big Winners at 67th Annual Tony Awards" . Playbill
Hetrick, Adam; Gans, Andrew (May 20, 2013). "Billy Porter, Andrea Martin, . Pippin, Matilda, Vanya and Sonia Win Drama Desk Awards" . Playbill
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King, Eric (August 2, 2018). "Tony Winner Billy Porter Will Appear in Season Eight of . American Horror Story" Broadway.com . Retrieved . November 19, 2018
Shoemaker, Allison (August 3, 2018). ". Pose 's Billy Porter joins the cast of American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Consequence of Sound . Retrieved . November 19, 2018
Feldman, Adam (July 17, 2018). "Dyllón Burnside: Up Close and Personal". Time Out New York . Retrieved . August 26, 2018
Hetrick, Adam (July 14, 2018). "FX's . Pose Stars, Dyllón Burnside, Mj Rodriguez, and Ryan Jamaal Swain, Will Perform NYC Concert" Playbill . Retrieved . August 26, 2018
"To Be Real: The Cast Of . Pose Gives Back — Already! — At NYC GLSEN Benefit" Boy Culture. July 24, 2018 . Retrieved . November 19, 2018
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" 'Pippin', 'Kinky Boots', 'Here Lies Love' Are Broadway and Off-Broadway's 2013 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners" theatermania.com, May 13, 2013 External links Billy Porter
Billy Porter may refer to:
Billy Porter (criminal) (1850–?), American burglar and underworld figure in New York City
Billy Porter (entertainer) (born 1969), American actor, Broadway performer, singer
Billy Porter (Australian footballer) (1875–1910), Australian rules footballer
Billy Porter (footballer) (1905–1946), English footballer
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