«Porter sends it through the roof»
The Hollywood Reporter
In this intimate concert, Tony and Grammy winner Billy Porter presents an evening of songs and stories from his experiences on the Great White Way.
Along with James Sampliner, his long-time music director and collaborator, Billy has translated some of the most iconic Broadway music of the past eight decades into African American idioms, including soul, gospel, hip-hop, funk and R&B in Concert and on his newly released CD.
Billy’s Back on Broadway, Porter’s highly debut on Concord Records and latest CD, features ten classics made famous on the Great White Way that focus on inspiration, empowerment and hope, the album’s title is a nod to Sammy Davis, Jr.’s recording «Sammy’s Back on Broadway».
It’s a musical evening that will have you dancing in your seat!
Billy Porter won the 2013 Tony Award for Lead Actor in a Musical for his performance in Kinky Boots. Other Broadway credits include Miss Saigon, Five Guys Named Moe, Grease, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Dream girls. He won an NAACP Theatre Award for his direction of Once on This Island at Reprise in Los Angeles, where he also conceived and directed a musical revue entitled The Soul of Rodgers. Last spring he directed George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum at Boston’s Huntington Theatre.
His performance created the kind of epiphany that a great voice can conjure out of thin air
«For me, life is about being positive and hopeful, choosing to be joyful, choosing to be encouraging, choosing to be empowering.»
Porter’s off-Broadway and regional credits include Angels in America, Romance in HardTimes, The Merchant of Venice, House of Lear, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Going Native, Jelly’s Last Jam, Topdog/Underdog, Songs for a New World, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line and Chicago.
His solo show, Ghetto Superstar: The Man That I Am, debuted at The Public Theater in 2005. In 2014, his play While I Yet Live, starring S. Epatha Merkerson, premiered at Primary Stages in New York.
Directing credits include The Wiz, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Music of Stevie Wonder, Five Guys Named Moe, Altar Boyz, Rent, Being Alive: a musical celebration mixing the canons of Sondheim and Shakespeare with musical styles of the African-American experience; and Sam Harris’ HAM, A Musical Memoir.
Porter’s voice can also be heard on the albums A Very Rosie Christmas, Jim Brickman’s Destiny (top ten AC hit), Grease (revival cast album), Adam Guettel’s Myths & Hymns, Gershwin and Sondheim Benefit Albums, Hercules (Disney) and Anastasia (Warner Bros.), Liz Callaway – The Story Goes On, Alvin Ailey/Revelations, Broadway Cares Home for the Holidays, Dreamgirls in Concert, HAIR (Actor’s Fund Benefit recording), Great Joy: A Gospel Christmas (with The Broadway Inspirational Voices) and The Human Rights Campaign’s Love Rocks.