Billy Porter @ The Paramount
Serving soul-giving face 🌟
Published April 21, 2023
Saturday, April 29th • 8 pm
Thee Billy Porter. As if there were any other. But in case you need further clarification. Of Kinky Boots. Of Pose. Of being a “walking piece of political art.” Of the upcoming James Baldwin biopic. Is coming to a town near you (this one) to tout his forthcoming album, Black Mona Lisa. I could list the accolades—Grammy, Emmy, Tony; take ’em all, Billy—but there’s something in the boldness of being #thatbitch that makes it unnecessary. So let the fabulous godmother do their thang in the Late Baroque-styled beaded chandeliered ballroom that is the Paramount in downtown Seattle.
Anticipate a back-and-forth between pop, Broadway hits, and Pose tunes as Billy, backed by a full band, tells his story of being Black and gay in America. The 90-minute show will also feature a video installation as he burns through an over-30-year career. (And hopefully a return to ballads like “Love Is On the Way,” later covered by Celine Dion.) With the tour, Porter returns to music after making his directorial debut with Anything’s Possible, a teen rom-com about Kelsa, a trans girl in her senior year. In March, he released the album’s first single, “Baby Was a Dancer,” a high-energy clapback about a dancer who defies her haters. Don’t miss your chance to see Porter boldly serve his soul-giving face as only Black Mona Lisa could.
📸: Courtesy Paramount Theatre | Billy Porter
Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet and Writer (so many Ps) living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she'd do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they're silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.