Which Drag Queen Snatched the Tony?
Never underestimate the power of a high heel on Broadway.
At last night’s 67th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Kinky Boots won six Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Choreography for Jerry Mitchell, and Best Score for Cyndi Lauper — the first time in history that a woman has won that award.
For his fierce and fearless performance as Lola, the drag heroine at the center of Kinky Boots, veteran out performer Billy Porter (pictured left) won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical. Much like Billy beats his face, he beat Bertie Carvel (right), who also dons drag as the terrifying Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical.
Other gay victories at last night's Tonys included out playwright Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike for Best Play and out playwright Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Best Revival of a Play. The Normal Heart playwright and HIV/AIDS activist Larry Kramer also took home a special award for his achievements.
But you can still vote for Best Shirtless Performance here!
For a full list of Tony winners, click here. Watch Billy Porter's acceptance speech below.