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2014
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Live at Radio City Music Hall

Billy Porter — Nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

Billy Porter

Show:
Kinky Boots

Role:
Porter plays the dual roles of the outlandish drag queen Lola and the vulnerable and insecure Simon, who together inspire and creative a line of Kinky Boots, women’s shoes for men.

Bio Brief:
Porter has appeared in featured roles in the musicals Miss Saigon, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Smokey Joe’s Café. His off-Broadway credits include Angels in America and Ghetto Superstar. He’s released two albums and appeared in the films Twisted and The Broken Hearts Club.

Other Honors for This Role:
— Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Musical
— Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Funny Performance
— Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Onstage Pair, with Stark Sands
— Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
— Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
— Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
— Fred and Adele Astaire Award nomination for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show

Tony History:
This is Porter’s first Tony nomination.

Fun Fact:
Porter was almost cast as the Witch in the 2002 Broadway revival of Into the Woods. The role eventually went to Vanessa Williams.

Quotable Quote:
“Playing this part has made the last 25 years of my life make sense.” — Porter in a video interview with Broadway.com, 9/12

Other Nominees for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical

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