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'Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers' Set for April 14 Release

Thursday Mar 2, 2017
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Tony and Grammy Award-Winner Billy Porter's new studio album, "Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers," will be released April 14, 2017.

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"), Renée 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," "Kinky Boots"), star Todrick Hall and multiple Grammy Award nominees Deborah Cox and Ledisi.

"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.

In March, Porter launches a national tour that kicks off in Bayside, NY on March 19. Full tour schedule below.

March 19 - Queensborough PAC - Bayside, NY
March 29 - Embassy Theater - Fort Wayne, Indiana
March 31 - Ocean Reef Cultural Center - Key Largo, FL
April 2 - Aventura Arts - Aventura, FL
April 3 & 4 - Crest Theater - Delray Beach, FL
April 6 - Nugent-Custer Performance Hall - Columbus, IN
April 7 & 8 - The Columbia Club - Indianapolis, IN
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

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