Billy Porter, Anais Mitchell Chosen For TIME100 Influential People List


TIME revealed its 2020 TIME100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and some familiar Broadway icons were deservedly featured this year.

Hadestown's Tony-winning composer, Anaïs Mitchell, Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Porter, media mogul Tyler Perry and Emmy-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge have all made this year's list.

Each year, friends and fellow artists are selected to write short tributes to the honorees.

Andre De Shields profiled Mitchell and Kinky Boots composer, Cyndi Lauper, paid tribute to Porter.

Lauper says, "Look at this guy. You want to see living proof of talent, perseverance, tenacity, resilience, dedication to craft? When he couldn’t get in the front door, the side door or the window, he found a whole other route. And now—especially since his historic Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Drama Series last fall—the whole world has found him, and that makes me so happy."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was honored by singer and Cats film star Taylor Swift and Tyler Perry was honored by Oprah Winfrey.

Winfrey wrote, "There's no one else like him. In the entertainment business and in life. He's a true visionary. A trailblazer. In 2005, I saw my first Tyler Perry play. I knew then he was special. I watched the audience laugh, cry and delight in seeing themselves reflected in the story onstage."

See the full list of honorees here.

The issue also includes a memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, including the tribute that fellow Justice Antonin Scalia wrote when she was on the TIME 100 in 2015.

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