Monday, May 4, 2015

Dreamweaver Marketing News, Tony Award-Winner Billy Porter to Trade his “Boots” for a Tux at the 2015 Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball!

Contact: Aja Jones
412-281-3973 ext. 224

Tony Award-Winner Billy Porter toTrade his “Boots” for a Tux at the 2015 Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball!
Pittsburgh, PA • April 23, 2015 — The Pittsburgh CLO Guild celebrates 60 years of the Guild Ball this year with their most exciting guest star yet!  This festive celebration will be highlighted by a special performance by Tony and GRAMMY Award-winning singer, actor, playwright and director BILLY PORTER.  A Pittsburgh native and CLO alumnus, Mr. Porter was honored with the 2013 Drama Desk and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his unforgettable turn as “Lola” in the Broadway smash hit KINKY BOOTS. Hailed as “a force of nature” by the New York Daily News and praised by the Associated Press for his “touching, sassy, nuanced performance, often in 8-inch heels,” Mr. Porter is an unforgettable talent you won’t want to miss. He will return again in August to reprise his role in KINKY BOOTS for one week only, August 4 - 9!

The 60th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball, chaired by Christina O’Toole, will be held on Saturday, June 6 at the Omni William Penn in downtown Pittsburgh. This year’s theme, “These Boots are Made for Dancin’,” is a celebration of Pittsburgh CLO’s upcoming premiere of KINKY BOOTS and the 2015 Summer Season.  The evening will include the annual sale of “Pink Boxes” and a silent auction featuring several luxury items.
Proceeds from the Ball support Pittsburgh CLO’s Education and Outreach Programs, such as the Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater, CLO Summer Internship Program and the CLO Mini-Stars. The Guild also offers college scholarship assistance to deserving students pursuing performing arts training. For additional information or ball reservations, please contact Andrew Frey at 412-281-3973x234 or

Billy Porter as Lola in "Kinky Boots" from

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Since 1946, the Pittsburgh CLO has been the driving force behind live musical theater in Pittsburgh and the entire Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Under the direction of Van Kaplan since 1997, this not-for-profit arts organization appreciates the support of nearly 200,000 patrons each year and produces a subscription series, educational programs, national tours and develops and invests in new works, including 20 Broadway shows (25 Tony Awards®) featuring the current productions of Kinky Boots and Matilda. Its dedication to the musical theater art form extends to include such programs as the CLO Academythe CLO Mini Starsthe Gene Kelly Awards, the Richard Rodgers Award, theNational High School Musical Theater Awards, the Construction Center for the Arts and the CLO Cabaret.

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