TODAY | April 16, 2014
>> and he's broadway 's comeback kid who took a 13-year break only to return to the starring role that earned him a tony.
>> it sure did. together cyndi lauper and billy porter make beautiful music in the smash show " kinky boots " celebrating one year on broadway .
>> look at you two.
>> congratulations. you both have new babies in your life. cyndi, you're going to go on tour, and you have a new baby album.
>> i have a new album, yes, " billy 's back on broadway ," debuted number one yesterday on the itunes chart.
>> congratulations. and cyndi, you've got a cd out, and you're also going on tour with cher ?
>> cher , yes.
>> you two? what's going to happen there? that's magic.
>> that could be crazy.
>> we love cher . she's unusual, too. she's her own unique person.
>> and she's a real straight shooter. she's so cool.
>> how did that come about, you two performing together?
>> i don't know. i started crying thinking about the cd, i'm sorry. we started '99. i had decklin and, like, you know, he was 18 months. and i went on tour with her. you know, some kids don't take to the road.
>> he didn't take to the road that well. but, you know, he was -- you know, so it was interesting. and i had a good time with her, and she's really great. you know, i think sisterhood is a powerful thing.
>> i think we'll have such a good time together. i did last time.
>> i'd love to be in that makeup room.
>> hello. it's going to be a crazy show. and billy , you said you feel like she wrote " kinky boots " for you, although you know she didn't, but it seems like that.
>> absolutely. i think we found each other, you know, because we're very much kindred spirits . i always say she's the godmother of individuality.
>> you know, she taught me a lot even before i met her about, you know, being in my own skin and, you know, being who i am and no matter what. you know, this role came along, and it was --
>> and it's changed my life.
>> i heard his voice. our mutual friend, steven, who was the arranger on this and orchestrator on " kinky boots ." i was going, who's going to play me? billy . i thought, oh, my god? how do we get him? we have to get him.
>> just pick up the phone and make the call.
>> what were you doing all those years?
>> you know, i did a lot of things. i went to the screenwriting program at ucla. i learned how to write. i started directing. i started creating. i went behind the scenes actually to sort of, you know, kind of reinvent myself.
>> did you miss it?
>> i didn't. actually. i didn't because i had been marginalized. and i had been pigeonholed into a type of performance.
>> that i didn't like. so, you know, i extracted myself from that side of the business to try to redefine and restructure where i wanted to go. and so this kind of came along as a result of taking that time and really, you know, standing in my truths.
>> well, i think, if i may, i think he could sing anything.
>> he could, yes.
>> and i think that there are -- i love this role. and you bring electricity to the room. but i think that you could do many roles. not just one.
>> well, that's the hope.
>> and you're still loving it a year later, right?
>> the music and the cast and the energy, it makes a lot of people happy.
>> it does. the audiences just go crazy.
>> thank you both for coming. we love you.
>> congratulations to everybody. billy 's going to stick around and sing