Billy Porter is joining the ranks of Broadway favorites immortalized as holiday ornaments to benefit Broadway Cares.
Designed by artist Glen Hanson for Christopher Radko, the newest ornament in the Broadway Legends series captures Porter in Tony winning performance as Lola in Kinky Boots. The six-inch glass ornament features Porter in Lola's vivid red performance costume, as seen in the show's penultimate number "Raise You Up." Originally designed by Gregg Barnes, the look features a skintight sparkling mini dress and the thigh-high red boots that formed the show's logo.
With nine Broadway credits to his name, Porter is a Tony winner for his performance as Lola in Kinky Boots and as a producer of A Strange Loop. He has also graced the TV screen in Pose as Pray Tell, which earned him an Emmy.
Porter joins Audra McDonald, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Carol Channing, Glenn Close, Harvey Fierstein, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Barbra Streisand, and Gwen Verdon as part of the ornament series. In addition to the new Porter ornament, a limited supply of McDonald, Burnett, Close, Fierstein, and Lansbury ornaments remain available at BroadwayCares.org.
“I am thrilled and humbled to join the pantheon of artists who have created iconic work on Broadway and are now immortalized in these beautiful glass ornaments,” Porter said. “It’s a dream… a holiday dream come true.”
Broadway Cares is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and other critical illnesses across the United States.