Tony Award-winning Broadway star Billy Porter grabbed the No. 2 spot on the iTunes R&B chart on the first day of release for his new album Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers.
The album, which features his duets on classic showtunes with the likes of fellow Tony Award winners Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo, was ranked No. 40 on the iTunes album chart overall.
Pop stars India.arie, Ledisi and the Pentatonix are also highlighted on the Sony Masterworks Broadway album, whose official release date was April 14. The album features new, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs from Broadway musicals including Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Babes in Arms, South Pacific, and The King and I, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart.
Porter is scheduled for a CD signing April 17 at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at 150 East 86th Street in Manhattan. He will perform a selection of songs from the album including a duet on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carefully Taught” with India.Arie.
Porter (Tony winner for Kinky Boots), performs the songs as solos or duets with a roster of artists including Tony Award winner Patina Miller (Pippin), Grammy Award winner Pentatonix, Tony Award nominees Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along), Joshua Henry (Violet), and Christopher Jackson (Hamilton), alongside fellow Kinky Boots star Todrick Hall and multiple Grammy Award nominees Deborah Cox and Ledisi.
Here is the complete track and artist listing:
1. ”Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” (Pentatonix & Billy Porter)
2. ”My Romance” (Leslie Odom Jr.)
3. ”If I Loved You” (Renée Elise Goldsberry & Christopher Jackson)
4. ”With a Song in My Heart” (Brandon Victor Dixon & Joshua Henry)
5. ”I Have Dreamed” (Patina Miller)
6. ”My Funny Valentine” (Cynthia Erivo)
7. ”I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” (Todrick Hall & Billy Porter)
8. ”This Nearly was Mine” (Deborah Cox)
9. ”Bewitched” (Ledisi featuring Zaire Park)
10. ”Carefully Taught” (India.Arie & Billy Porter)
11. ”Lady is a Tramp” (Billy Porter featuring Zaire Park)
12. ”Edelweiss” (Billy Porter)
Porter is in the midst of a tour in support of the album. Here is the full schedule:
April 21 – Adelphi, Garden City, New York
April 22 – Kean University, Union, New Jersey
May 5 – Emelin Theater, Mamaroneck, New York
May 14 – Venetian Room, San Francisco, California
May 20 – Goodman Theatre Gala, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
June 17 – Playhouse Square Gala, Cleveland, Ohio
July 15 – Willow Valley Communities Cultural Center Theater, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
August 14 – Bay Street Playhouse, Sag Harbor, New York
August 19 & 20 – Paramount Theater, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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.