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Kenny Leon is becoming Broadway's "Raisin In The Sun"

Kenny Leon
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Broadway Director Kenny Leon won his first Tony Award for Best Director for his critically acclaimed direction of a Broadway revival of late playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin In The Sun.”

The 2014 Tony Award Best Director resides in metro Atlanta.

Earlier in his theatre career, Leon was appointed Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre Company in 1988.

Leon gained national prominence as the one of the few African-Americans Artistic Directors of highly acclaimed metro Atlanta regional theatre company.

During Leon’s 12 year leadership as Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre artistic endowment grew from $1 million to $5 million.

The Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Leon 12 year tenure included staging three world premieres of Atlanta author/playwright Pearl Cleage’s “Blues For An Alabama Sky, Pulitzer Prize Playwright Alfred Uhry’s (“Driving Miss Daisy”) “The Last Night Of Ballyhoo,” and Rock-N-Roll Legend Elton John and Broadway Lyricist Tim Rice’s Tony Award winning Broadway Musical “Aida.”

Subsequently, Leon resigned as Artistic Director of Alliance Theatre in 2000, and became Artistic Director and co-founder with Jane Bishop of True Colors Theatre based in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC, respectively.

Since True Color Theatre was founded in 2002, the Atlanta theatre company has brilliantly staged classic Broadway and Off-Broadway classics such as “Fences,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Tambourines To Glory,” “The Wiz,” “Flying West,” “Stick Fly,” “Ceremonies In Dark Old Men,” “The Amen Corner,” “Blues For An Alabama Sky,” “The Sty Of The Blind Pig,” “Black Nativity,” “The Colored Museum,” “The Mountaintop,” “Two Trains Running,” “Spunk,” as well as a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright David Mamet’s world premier “Race” early this year.

Leon directed a Lifetime Original Television remake of “Steel Magnolias” in 2012.

Leon became a recipient of the 2007 Georgia Arts And Entertainment Legacy Award. The critically acclaimed Broadway Director was honored as “Top 20 Southerners To Watch, and People Magazine named Leon one of the “50 Most Beautiful People Of The Year” in 2004.

Leon is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, and an esteemed member of the 100 Black Men Of Atlanta.

Currently, Leon is directing a biopic Broadway musical production “Holler If Ya Hear Me” based on the life and music of Tupac Shakur.

Now the Tony Award Broadway Director is showing his “True Colors.”

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