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Billy Porter was a busy Broadway actor/singer before he won a Tony in 2013 for his role as Lola in Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots. Here, Porter proves he’s a talent worth following beyond his breakthrough role, with help from super-arranger and producer Rob Mounsey, who sculpts a sound that has light R&B and pop, showtune sheen, and some big-band jazz. Not one to squander opportunity, Porter revisits “Not My Father’s Son” (a vehicle from Kinky Boots) and references Sammy Davis Jr.’s Sammy’s Back on Broadway not only with the title but also with the inclusion of “Take the Moment.” Those seeking something closer to Rat Pack–era Davis in sound can turn to swinging versions of Sondheim’s “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (from Gypsy) or “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (from Funny Girl). The lovely “On the Street Where You Live” (from My Fair Lady) is straight orchestra-pit fare, but Porter adds some welcome dark stalker pathos to this love song. Every musical has an 11 o’clock number, and this one comes in the form of the closer “I Am Changing” (from Dreamgirls), which is a soulful standout.

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Billy IS back!!

What a POWERHOUSE Musical Performance! I LOVE all the original "Porter-ized" arrangments of such wonderful classic Broadway songs! Its soooo nice to hear Mr. Porter doing what he was born to do...take us all on an engaging, entirely unique ride through his musical world. One example comes to mind, LUCK BE A LADY is soooo flippin cool and completely different from what I expected! I know he wasn't trying to, but his performance immediately reminded me of the late, great Luther Vandross. And that alone is high praise! I also love how Billy takes his time to set up certain songs. There is no rush to get the party started. It's as if he knows everyone who's listening knows what they signed up for, and he just let's it "ride"!
This wonderful album only re-asserts what we already knew...Billy Porter still dominates a catagory of music he invented --Broadway/Soul Fusion. Congrats on a singularly unique, high energy album that takes every listener into your musical soul and leaves it resonating in ours!
A+
"Les is More"

Congratulations Billy!

Billy's Back On Broadway! Back indeed. This entire album is BRILLIANT! Thank you for more fantastic music.

Brilliant, as always!

Another amazing record by Mr. Billy Porter. His voice is the best. A+

Biography

Born: September 21, 1969 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Singer, songwriter, composer, actor, playwright, director and vocal coach Billy Porter is a throwback to the old school entertainers who worked, literally, across a widestage platform, from theatre and film to television and musical revivals, and his Broadway-inspired mainstream and very theatrical approach has made him popular and much-awarded, but ironically, it has also made him anything but mainstream throughout his career. Born September 21, 1969 in Pittsburg, PA, Porter laid the groundwork...
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