Billy Porter Developing TV Series About Black, Gay Friends in Their 40s Living in Harlem

News   Billy Porter Developing TV Series About Black, Gay Friends in Their 40s Living in Harlem
 
Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots star Billy Porter is developing a TV series entitled "SoHa," about a group of black, gay friends in their 40s who live in Harlem, according to the Daily News.

Porter, who lives in Harlem in a new building on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., is shopping around the idea, which began as a play he described as a mash-up of "Six Feet Under" and "Girls." Porter told the Daily News, "[It] follows a character that's loosely based on me and my archetype — that being a black, out, gay man that's not on the down-low… It follows that character and his sort of four best friends as they try to figure out how to close the chasm between sex and intimacy."

He added that he chose Harlem as the project's backdrop because the culture in that area is inherently homophobic, and he thinks "it turns that idea on its ear."

Porter will return to Kinky Boots on Broadway April 28. He will also star as Kate in an all-male production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

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