And, The Winner Was: See How Playbill Readers' Picks Compared to Those of Tony Award Voters

By Playbill Staff
10 Jun 2013

Billy Porter
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

CORRECT: Readers and Tony voters picked Billy Porter, who portrays the sassy and fabulous drag queen Lola in Broadway's Kinky Boots, as their favorite Leading Actor in a Musical. The longtime Broadway actor, who received his first Tony nomination this season with Kinky, took home the 2013 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. Sex is certainly in his heel, and Porter shines in his first Broadway leading role. Cheers errupted in the Tony Awards press room as Porter made his way to the stage. 

Click here for the Leading Men column with Porter and co-star Stark Sands, who were up for the same Tony Award and found themselves cheering each other on.