WHY HE'S MR. BROADWAY: Hmmm... two words: Tony Award! OK, the truth is, I've been following Billy Porter long before he donned those kinky boots! Let me show my age: I first saw him in his debut show, Miss Saigon, when he was in the ensemble, and later when he took over the role of John. I missed him Five Guys Named Moe, but loved his outrageous star-turn as Teen Angel in the 1994 revival of Grease! Since then, he's been all over the place - on and off-Broadway, in concert, in the recording studio. But it will likely be his current role as the strong but loveable Lola that will be a major turning point in an already long, distinguished career. I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.
- Billy's from Pittsburgh, born on September 21, 1969. He's a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon.
- When he made his debut on Broadway, his name in the Playbill was W. Ellis Porter.
- Billy was a winner of Star Search - Best Male Vocalist. In Grease!, he shared the stage with 2 other Star Search winners: Rosie O'Donnell and Sam Harris.