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Billy Porter wins best actor in a musical Tony

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Photo -   This theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of "Kinky Boots." The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots," based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Matthew Murphy)
This theater image released by The O+M Company shows Billy Porter during a performance of "Kinky Boots." The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots," based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear, is nominated for 13 Tony Award nominations. The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. (AP Photo/The O+M Company, Matthew Murphy)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Billy Porter, who plays a fierce drag queen in "Kinky Boots," has strutted off with the Tony Award for best actor in a musical.

Porter, the 1992 winner of "Star Search," has amassed several Broadway credits, including "Miss Saigon," ''Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." This was his first nomination.

"Kinky Boots" is based on a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in drag footwear. It has songs by Cyndi Lauper and a story by Harvey Fierstein, but Porter's role as a man tormented by disappointing his father is the show's soul.

Porter beat out Bertie Carvel from "Matilda the Musical," Santino Fontana of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," Rob McClure from "Chaplin," and his "Kinky Boots" co-star Stark Sands.

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