Porter’s portrayal of drag queen Lola in Kinky Boots wins a Tony Award in the category of Best Actor in a Musical. It is Porter’s first Tony nomination. Kinky Boots also wins the Best Musical category. Porter beats out co-star and nominee in the same category, Stark Sands. Porter’s acceptance speech details his childhood dream of a career in theatre:
Shakespeare said to thine own self be true, and when I was eleven years old, my journey to truth began when I discovered the Tony Awards while washing dishes in my kitchen and the performance of Jennifer Holliday and the cast of ‘Dreamgirls’ took my breath away.