We can add producer and content curator to his already rapidly growing resume as Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter returns with a new studio album, Billy Porter Presents The Soul of Richard Rodgers, due for an April 14th release.
If you remember a few months ago, Broadway Black posted an article speculating what Porter was up to after he posted multiple photos in a recording studio with Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Rema Webb, Nicolette Robinson, and Leslie Odom, Jr., on social media. Well, it seems we were right to speculate there might be something in the works in the form of a full-fledged album.
The album, which features fresh, soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs includes solos and duets from YouTube sensation and recent Kinky Boots alum Todrick Hall, Tony and Grammy winners Cynthia Erivo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Leslie Odom Jr., Tony Award winner Patina Miller, Tony nominees Joshua Henry, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Christopher Jackson, and Grammy winners and nominees India.Aire, Deborah Cox, and Ledisi.
“I’d like to think of this as the Richard Rodgers version of the Hamilton Mixtapes,” Porter said in a press release. “There are classic songs that everybody knows and loves, and I’m so excited for people to hear them in a brand new day.”
In March, Porter plans to launch a national tour, kicking off at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in New York on March 19th.
Preorder the album here.