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Billy Porter: from Star Search to Broadway Star

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Candi and Randy welcome the fantasticly talented Billy Porter to talk about his many careers - as actor, director, writer, recording artist - with the emphasis on artist.

Early in his career, Billy won the national talent show Star Search, appeared in several successful Broadway shows (MISS SAIGON, GREASE, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE  and SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE) and wrote his own one-man shows GHETTO SUPERSTAR and AT THE CORNER OF BROADWAY AND SOUL.
Other plays he has appeared: in TOPDOG/UNDERDOG at City Theatre, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and DREAMGIRLS at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the song cycles MYTHS AND HYMNS and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. 
His song, "Time" became an overnight hit after being featured on the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance."
In September 2010, Billy appeared as "Belize" in the Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA.
Billy will be starring in a new Broadway show this coming season, KINKY BOOTS (music by Cyndi Lauper, written by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell), and is working on his upcoming new CD, "The Standard."