Hometown pride filled the Cabaret at Theater Square Sunday night as local theater fans celebrated Broadway's biggest night at a Tony Awards Party hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. When Pittsburgh native Billy Porter raced on stage to accept his Tony for best performance by a leading actor in a musical, guests erupted in a burst of cheers. The audience of nearly 120 people was equally thrilled when Patina Miller won her Tony for best leading actress in a musical. Mr. Porter and Ms. Miller are graduates of Carnegie Mellon University's theater program. The evening began on the red carpet and moved to the Backstage Bar for appetizers, cocktails and a buffet dinner. Inside the cabaret, Jacob Bacharach, operations manager for the Trust, played the local version of emcee Neil Patrick Harris during commercials. Among guests were Steve Sokoloski and Derick Stalker from Lawrenceville. By the end of the evening, they were psyched for a New York trip they have planned. It includes tickets for "Kinky Boots" and "Broadway Bares," an annual benefit that raises funds for AIDS research.
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