TONY & GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER BILLY PORTER RELEASES NEW ALBUM
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Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter releases his new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers via Bee & El /Sony Masterworks Broadway today – available on all digital platforms and streaming via digital subscription services. The new album features fan favorites ?Edelweiss?, ?Carefully Taught?, ?My Funny Valentine? and ?Oh, What a Beautiful Morning? Get Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers HERE.
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), Ren?e Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Tony Award-winner Patina Miller (Pippin), Grammy Award winners Pentatonix and India.Arie, Tony Award nominees Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along), Joshua Henry (Violet), and Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), alongside YouTube sensation and Kinky Boots star Todrick Hall and multiple Grammy Award nominees Deborah Cox and Ledisi.
The complete track listing for Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers is as follows:
2. My Romance (Leslie Odom Jr.)
3. If I Loved You (Ren?e Elise Goldsberry & Christopher Jackson)
4. With a Song in My Heart (Brandon Victor Dixon & Joshua Henry)
5. I Have Dreamed (Patina Miller)
7. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (Todrick Hall & Billy Porter)
8. This Nearly was Mine (Deborah Cox)
9. Bewitched (Ledisi featuring Zaire Park)
11. Lady is a Tramp (Billy Porter featuring Zaire Park)
?I like to think of this as the Richard Rodgers version of the Hamilton Mixtapes,? Porter said. ?These are classic songs that everybody knows and loves, and I?m so excited for people to hear them in a brand new way.?
Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers marks Porter?s fourth studio album, and his first as producer and content curator, with collaborators James Sampliner and Michael “Lofey” Sandlofer.
April 21 ? Adelphi ? Garden City, NY
April 22 ? Kean University ? Union, NJ
May 5 ? Emelin Theater ? Westchester, NY
May 14 ? Venetian Room ? San Francisco, CA
May 20 ?Goodman Theatre Gala, Fairmont Hotel ? Chicago, IL
June 17 ? Playhouse Square Gala ?Cleveland, Ohio
July 15 ? Willow Valley Communities Cultural Center Theater ? Lancaster, PA
August 14 ? Bay Street Playhouse ? Sag Harbor, NY
August 19 & 20 ? Paramount Theater ? Provincetown, MA
BILLY PORTER is a Tony? and Grammy? Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director from Pittsburgh, PA. As a recording artist, Porter?s solo albums include his first CD, Untitled, on A&M records, At the Corner of Broadway + Soul ? LIVE on Sh-K-Boom Records, and Billy?s Back on Broadway, on Concord Records. He originated the role of ?Lola? in the Broadway hit Kinky Boots, which won him 2013 Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Other theatre: Shuffle Along, Miss Saigon, Five Guys?, Grease,Smokey Joe?s?, Dreamgirls, Angels in America, The Merchant of Venice, Radiant Baby, Birdie Blue, Songs for a New World, Ghetto Superstar(one-man show), Topdog/Underdog, King Lear. His play, While I Yet Live, premiered in 2015 at Primary Stages. As a director, his credits include Topdog/Underdog and The Colored Museum (both for Huntington Theatre Company); Film/TV: ?Law & Order: SVU,? ?So You Think You Can Dance? (as a guest judge), ?The Broken Hearts Club,? ?Shake Rattle & Roll,? ?The Big C,? The Humbling, starring Al Pacino, Baz Luhrmann?s The Get Down. Porter?s concerts credits include opening act for Rosie O?Donnell and Aretha Franklin, Carnegie Hall, John McDaniel and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, as well as The Buffalo Philharmonic, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, soloist for President Bill Clinton and various benefits throughout the United States.
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