Billy Porter unveils the Black Mona Lisa Tour: Volume 1 with performances in 25 U.S. cities including Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Tuesday, May 23, 2023

March 9, 2023

Announces new single, “Baby Was a Dancer,” arriving March 24

MINNEAPOLIS (March 9, 2023) — Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today that Grammy®, Emmy®, and twice Tony® Award-winning singer, composer, director, author, actor, and playwright Billy Porter will bring his BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1 to Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic State Theatre (805 Hennepin Ave.).

For six weeks this spring, Porter will grace stages in 25 U.S. cities, kicking off on April 29 in Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre, visiting major markets such as New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA as well as his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluding in Mashantucket, CT at Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 3. These dates will sell out, so get your ticket as soon as possible.

Check out the full confirmed itinerary below.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis or

Tuesday May 23 7:30 p.m. State Theatre $63 to 129

Canvasing the nation, Porter brings passion and joy to cities across the nation with his first-ever career-spanning pop music concert tour: THE BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1. Expect a full band, backed by a video installation, fronted by Porter telling his life story through song. This 90-minute powerhouse event will feature his chart-topping hits “Love Is on the Way” and “Love Yourself,” a tinge of Broadway, a nod to “Pose,” and stunning performances of future pop classics from his forthcoming new album, Black Mona Lisa. This is an experience not to be missed.

About BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1, Billy commented, “It’s really the first time that I’ve been able to fully express myself and who I am through my music. Through my mainstream pop music space. It’s like my magnum opus. It’s everything to me. You’ll really get a glimpse into who I am even deeper with this music.”

Billy appeared this morning on the “TODAY Show” to announce the tour and the release date of his new single “Baby Was A Dancer” arriving March 24 via Republic Records. Pre-save “Baby Was A Dancer” HERE.

Stay tuned for more music from Billy Porter in 2023.

4/29                Seattle, WA                        Paramount Theatre
5/1                   Salt Lake City, UT             Eccles Theater
5/2                  Denver, CO                        Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
5/4                  San Jose, CA                      San Jose Center For The Performing Arts
5/5                  San Francisco, CA           Golden Gate Theatre
5/6                  Los Angeles, CA               Hollywood Pantages Theatre
5/7                  Tempe, AZ                          ASU Gammage
5/9                  Austin, TX                           The Paramount Theatre
5/10                Dallas, TX                            AT&T Performing Arts Center
5/12                San Antonio, TX                HEB Performing Hall – Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
5/13                Houston, TX                       Bayou Music Center
5/14                New Orleans, LA              Saenger Theatre
5/16                Indianapolis, IN                 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
5/18                Detroit, MI                          Fisher Theatre
5/20               Milwaukee, WI                  Bradley Symphony Center
5/21                Madison, WI                      Orpheum Theater
5/23               Minneapolis, MN            State Theatre
5/24               Omaha, NE                        Orpheum Theater
5/26               Chicago, IL                         The Chicago Theatre
5/27                Louisville, KY                     Louisville Palace Theatre
5/28               Pittsburgh, PA                  Heinz Hall
5/31                New York, NY                    Beacon Theatre
6/1                   Philadelphia, PA               The Met Philadelphia
6/2                  Washington, DC              Warner Theatre
6/3                  Mashantucket, CT           Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino

About Billy Porter
Billy Porter is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winner. Porter began his music career in 1997 with the release of his self-titled (aka Untitled) debut album which spawned the Top 10 “Bubbling Under” single, “Show Me,” and the monster ballad, “Love Is On The Way,” which also appeared at the pivotal moment in the film, “First Wives Club.” He went on to release “At the Corner of Broadway + Soul” (2005), “Billy’s Back on Broadway” (2014), and “The Soul of Richard Rodgers” (2017) featuring Pentatonix, India.Arie, Leslie Odom Jr. and Cynthia Erivo, among others. Porter scored his first #1 with “Love Yourself” in 2019 on the US Dance Club Songs Chart. He followed that up with his 2020 reimagining of the legendary Buffalo Springfield anthem, “For What It’s Worth,” and a fierce collab with The Shapeshifters on “Finally Ready.” 2021 saw Porter covering Juliet Roberts club classic “Caught in The Middle” for Red Hot + Free, which supports underserved communities afflicted with HIV/AIDS. He was also enlisted by multiplatinum international superstar Jessie J for “I Want Love.” And he delivered a magical turn on Earth, Wind, and Fire’s iconic “Shining Star” as Fab G, the Fairy Godmuva, in the 2021 remake of “Cinderella.” Porter is a veteran of the theater (Miss Saigon, Angels in America, Grease), and a two time Tony(r) winner, including “Best Leading Actor in a Musical” for Kinky Boots in 2013 and “Best Musical” as a producer for A Strange Loop in 2022.  He has also received a GRAMMY(r) for the Kinky Boots Official Soundtrack in the category of “Best Musical Theater Album” in 2014. Porter took home the EMMY(r) Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” in 2019 for his work as Pray Tell on Pose, making history as being the first openly gay man to do so. Time Magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People” of 2020. Billy released his highly anticipated memoir, “Unprotected,” in October 2021. His directorial film debut, “Anything’s Possible,” dropped Summer 2022 to much acclaim. Now, Billy kicks off his next chapter in music, his first love, with new single “Baby Was A Dancer” arriving March 24th

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