Starry night: The invitation-only after-party celebrating the opening night of Pittsburgh CLO’s presentation of “Kinky Boots,” and the homecoming of Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter. Among stars and stargazers filling the Omni William Penn’s Terrace Room was Ewan McGregor, in town as director and star of the film “American Pastoral.” He caught the show with Dawn Keezer of the Pittsburgh Film Office, production designer Dan Clancy and location manager Shawn Boyachek. McGregor posed for pics late into the night, including with Broadway producer Hal Luftig.
Big entrance: Mr. Porter arrived last, to another round of applause on an emotional night. He was nattily dressed in an orange and white floral shirt, plaid pearl gray suit and tangerine fedora. Of the standing O after he sang “Hold Me in Your Heart,” he said: “What I’m going to feel is going to come after this is over. It’s just too overwhelming. Even when we were at the sound check doing ‘Hold Me in Your Heart,’ I just started weeping. Made my makeup run.”
The buzz about Billy, from Pittsburgh CLO exec producer Van Kaplan: “It was an electrifying night. I have never seen in my 18 years with the CLO the show stopped in the middle. That’s never happened. It’s a testament to Billy.”
More buzz from co-star Steven Booth (“Kinky Boots’ ” Charlie Price): “It’s Billy’s hometown, and they love him as they should. He was really feeling it tonight. It’s a special night for him coming back to his roots and performing this role that he made golden. So, yeah, we just sat back and enjoyed the ride.”
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