Billy Porter. Photo: Franz Szony
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TICKETS $150-$1,000 ($135+ FOR MEMBERS)**
$1,000 Benefit Tickets include the best seats in the house and a post-show reception

Dress in your most creative attire for the red carpet and join us as we celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated theater with actor and singer Billy Porter, widely known for his Tony-award-winning performance in Broadway’s Kinky Boots and for his Emmy-winning portrayal of Pray Tell in the FX series, Pose. Porter will draw from his diverse repertoire of Broadway standards and selections from his five album releases, including his latest critically acclaimed collection of autobiographical pop tunes, Black Mona Lisa.

$1,000 Benefit Ticket buyers will get the best seats in the house for the concert event of the season and will enjoy a pre-concert cocktail and post-concert cocktail reception in the garden.

$500 Benefit Ticket buyers are invited for a pre-concert cocktail in our garden.

Ryan Corvaia and Maulik Pancholy
Renée Cox
David Fink and Simon Kinsella
Lynn Grossman and Bob Balaban
Phyllis Hollis
Patti Askwith Kenner
Jane Krakowski and David Rockwell
Angela LaGreca
Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliot
Fern Mallis
Isaac Mizrahi
Lincoln Palsgrove IV and Daniel Patry
Daryl Roth
Seth Rudesky and James Wesley
Jayne Baron Sherman and Deborah Zum
Susan Stroman
Alex Vinash

*In formation as of 6.12.24

**Tickets at the $500 and $1,000 levels are tax-deductible as allowed by law. $350.00 of each ticket used is considered goods and services. Please consult your tax advisor.

  • Billy Porter

    Billy porter is a Grammy, Emmy, and 3x Tony award winner. Porter began his music career in 1997 with the release of his self-titled (aka untitled) debut album which spawned the top 10 “Bubbling Under” single, “Show Me,” and the monster ballad, “Love Is On The Way,” which also appeared at the pivotal moment in the film, First Wives Club. He went on to release “At the Corner of Broadway + Soul” (2005), “Billy’s Back on Broadway” (2014), and “The Soul of Richard Rodgers” (2017) featuring Pentatonix, India.Arie, Leslie Odom Jr., and Cynthia Erivo, among others.

    Porter scored his first #1 with “Love Yourself” in 2019 on the us dance club songs chart. He followed that up with his 2020 reimagining of the legendary Buffalo Springfield anthem, “For What It’s Worth,” and a fierce collab with the Shapeshifters on “Finally Ready.” 2021 saw Porter covering Juliet Roberts club classic “Caught In The Middle” for Red Hot + Free, which supports underserved communities afflicted with HIV/AIDS. He was also enlisted by multiplatinum international superstar Jessie J for “I Want Love.” And he delivered a magical turn on Earth, Wind, and Fire’s iconic “Shining Star” as Fab G, the Fairy Godmuva, in the 2021 remake of Cinderella.

    Porter is a veteran of the theater (Miss Saigon, Angels in America, Grease), and a three-time Tony-winner, including “Best Leading Actor in a Musical” for Kinky Boots in 2013, “Best Musical” as a producer for A Strange Loop in 2022, and was the recipient of the 2024 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award. He has also received a Grammy for the Kinky Boots official soundtrack in the category of “Best Musical Theater Album” in 2014. Porter took home the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” in 2019 for his work as Pray Tell on the FX series Pose, making history as being the first openly gay man to do so. Time Magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People” of 2020. Billy released his highly anticipated memoir, “Unprotected,” in October 2021. His directorial film debut, Anything’s Possible, dropped summer 2022 to much acclaim. Now, Billy kicks off his next chapter in music, his first love, with new album, Black Mona Lisa, available now.

    Photo: Franz Szony


Performing Arts programming is supported in part by funding from The Melville Straus Family Endowment. Music Programming is supported in part by The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming. 
Additional support provided by Friends of the Theater: John and Joan D’Addario, Michèle and Steve Pesner, The Schaffner Family Foundation, and Jayne Baron Sherman and Deborah Zum. 

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