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Billy Porter wins best actor in a musical Tony


June 09. 2013 10:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) Billy Porter, who plays a fierce drag queen in "Kinky Boots," has strutted off with the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.


Porter, the 1992 winner of "Star Search," has amassed several Broadway credits, including "Miss Saigon," ''Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." This was his first nomination.


"Kinky Boots" is based on a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in drag footwear. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein, but Porter's role as a man tormented by disappointing his father is the show's soul.


Porter beat out Bertie Carvel from "Matilda the Musical," Santino Fontana of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," Rob McClure from "Chaplin," and his "Kinky Boots" co-star Stark Sands.


Associated Press


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