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Kenny Leon is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and television director. His Broadway credits include the Tupac musical Holler If You Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. He also directed Smart People for Second Stage. Leon's recent television work includes "Hairspray Live!", and "The Wiz Live!" on NBC. He is the recipient of the 2016 Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Mr. Leon serves on the board of New York's Public Theater and is Artistic Director of Atlanta's Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company.

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The Public Theater Sets Traveling Free Shakespeare in the Park Schedule for Summer 2024

The Public Theater will present GO PUBLIC! A Festival of Free Shakespeare in the Park, featuring a suite of free summer programming taking place across all five boroughs. Learn more about The Public's summer 2024 season.

Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 13, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 13, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Stage Film to Premiere on PBS This May; Great Performances Sets New 'Broadway's Best' Lineup

The live capture of the recent Broadway revival of Purlie Victorious is premiering on PBS this May. Starring Leslie Odom Jr., the Kenny Leon-directed production was filmed before it closed on Broadway earlier this year. The lineup also includes the Audra McDonald concert, Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary, Hamlet, and more!

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Lineup For 2024 Ted Snowdon Reading Series

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the lineup for the 2024 Ted Snowdon Reading Series.

Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon & More Will Reprise Roles in HELL'S KITCHEN on Broadway

AKW Productions has just announced the Broadway premiere of the new musical HELL’S KITCHEN and we have the full list of stars and newcomers!

Sandy Duncan, Andrea McArdle, Krysta Rodriguez & More to Star in LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE at Theatre Aspen

Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore will be presented at Theatre Aspen in March. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos & Video: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Concludes Broadway Run with Proclamations From Congress and the State of New York

See photos and videos of the closing of PURLIE VICTORIOUS on Broadway, as the show received special proclamations from Congress and the State of New York.

GREAT PERFORMANCES to Air Audra McDonald Concert, Public Theatre's HAMLET & More This Spring

Audra McDonald's London Palladium Concert, The Public Theater’s production of Hamlet, Elton John And Bernie Taupin: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song concert special and a star-studded Rogers & Hammerstein celebration are coming to PBS. The specials will feature Ato Blankson-Wood, Aaron Tveit, Marisha Wallace, and more.

Video: PURLIE VICTORIOUS Takes its Final Bows on Broadway

This weekend, Purlie Victorious took its final bow at the Music Box Theatre following 23 previews and 151 regular performances. The final show took place on February 4. Check out a video of the final curtain call here!

Exclusive: Hasna Muhammad, Daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Reflects on the Women of PURLIE VICTORIOUS

As Purlie Victorious enters its final weekend on Broadway, BroadwayWorld is very excited to share an exclusive essay written by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's daughter, Hasna Muhammad, who played a key role in getting this landmark play back on Broadway. 

Roundabout's Home on Broadway Officially Renamed the Todd Haimes Theatre

The 104-year-old Selwyn Theatre, previously known as the American Airlines Theatre, is now officially named the Todd Haimes Theatre.

2 Broadway Shows Close Today

Purlie Victorious takes its final bow at the Music Box Theatre following 23 previews and 151 regular performances; and Harmony will conclude its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre following 28 previews and 96 regular performances.

Steven Pasquale's Sophomore Album SOME OTHER TIME Out Now

Center Stage Records has released 'Steven Pasquale: Some Other Time.'

ITheatrics And Junior Theater Group Celebrate Record-Breaking Junior Theater Festival Atlanta

iTheatrics and Junior Theater Group are celebrating a record-breaking Junior Theater Festival Atlanta.

Photos: Leslie Odom, Jr. Honored With Sardi's Portrait

On Friday, January 17th, Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. was honored with a caricature portrait at the famed theater district establishment, Sardi’s. See photos!

Roundabout Now Accepting Applications for Directing Fellowship & Directors Group

Roundabout Theatre Company is now accepting applications for two of the institution’s signature Artists-in-Residence programs. Learn details and see how to apply!

Shakespeare & Company Presents THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Next Month

The 2024 Northeast Regional Tour of Shakespeare will stage The Course of True Love: A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Tom Jaeger on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Tina Packer Playhouse on the Shakespeare & Company campus.

Cast Set For Northeast Regional Tour Of Shakespeare & Company's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

announces cast for Northeast Regional Tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Tom Jaeger. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Roundabout Theatre Company Reveals 2024 Underground Reading Series

Roundabout Theatre Company has revealed the 2024 Roundabout Underground Reading Series, a five-night event that includes nightly readings of new works written by emerging artists, with post-show receptions.

Roundabout's 2024-2025 Season Will Include New Orleans-Style PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Ramin Karimloo and David Hyde Pierce, YELLOW FACE Starring Daniel Dae Kim, and More

Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced the 2024-2025 season on Broadway and Off-Broadway, including initial casting. Check out all of the details here!

Kenny Leon FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Kenny Leon has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his nominations include Outstanding Direction of a Play at the Drama League Awards for "Topdog/Underdog," Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Topdog/Underdog," Directing Award at the Obie Awards for "Much Ado About Nothing," Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Soldier's Play," Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "A Soldier's Play," Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "A Raisin in the Sun," Founders Award for Excellence in Directing at the Drama League Awards, Best Direction of a Play at the Tony Awards for "Fences," Outstanding Director, Resident Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Tambourines to Glory," Outstanding Director - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "A Raisin in the Sun," and Outstanding Director, Resident Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Blues in the Night."

Kenny Leon has won several awards for his directing work. He received the Directing Award from the Obie Awards for "Much Ado About Nothing." He also won the Outstanding Director of a Play award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "A Soldier's Play." Additionally, he won the Best Direction of a Play award from the Tony Awards for "A Raisin in the Sun." Leon was honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League Awards and also won the Outstanding Director - Play award from the Drama Desk Awards for his work on "A Raisin in the Sun."

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