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Kenny Leon

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
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Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
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[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
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[Broadway, 2020]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019]
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[Off-Broadway, 2019] [Replacement]
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[Broadway, 2018]
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[Broadway, 2018]
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[Regional (US), 2017]
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[Motion Picture, 2016]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
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[New York, 2015]
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[Broadway, 2014]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2014]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2010]
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[Broadway, 2007]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Director
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director

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Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2020]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2019]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2019] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[Broadway, 2018]
Director

[Broadway, 2018]
Director

[Regional (US), 2017]
Director

[Motion Picture, 2016]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2016]
Director

[New York, 2015]
Director

[Broadway, 2014]
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[Broadway, 2014]
Director

[Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2010]
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[Broadway, 2007]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Director

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2005]
Director

[Broadway, 2004]
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[Broadway, 2004]
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[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director

Kenny Leon Biography

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√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs 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.

Kenny Leon Awards and Nominations

 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Director of a Play Gold Star
Kenny Leon, A Soldier's Play
 
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Soldier's Play
 
Tony Awards - 2014 - Best Direction of a Play Gold Star
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
 
Drama League Awards - 2010 - Founders Award for Excellence in Directing Gold Star
Kenny Leon
 
Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, Fences
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Kenny LeonTambourines to Glory
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director - Play Gold Star
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Kenny LeonBlues in the Night

Kenny Leon News

Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Crystal Dickinson to Star in the World Premiere of LESSONS I Photo Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Crystal Dickinson to Star in the World Premiere of LESSONS IN SURVIVAL: 1971 at Vineyard Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2022

Vineyard Theatre has announced casting and design team for the upcoming World Premiere of Lessons in Survival: 1971 at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) now on-sale. Lessons In Survival: 1971 will begin previews at Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street) May 26, 2022 and play through June 30 with an opening night set for June 9.  

SUNSET BOULEVARD Starring Stephanie J. Block, and More Set For 2022-23 Kennedy Center Photo SUNSET BOULEVARD Starring Stephanie J. Block, and More Set For 2022-23 Kennedy Center Season
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announces its 2022‚Äď2023 Theater Season featuring the return of the Kennedy Center's acclaimed, self-produced Broadway Center Stage series. The series will include Stephanie J. Block starring in Sunset Boulevard.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Actors Fund Gala Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet at The Actors Fund Gala
by Jennifer Broski - May 10, 2022

The Actors Fund Changes Identity to the Entertainment Community Fund Photo The Actors Fund Changes Identity to the Entertainment Community Fund
by Stephi Wild - May 10, 2022

The Actors Fund, the 140-year-old national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced at its Annual Gala yesterday that, effective immediately, they have changed their name to Entertainment Community Fund, in order to better reflect the broad scope of industry professionals they help.

Time for a Summer Fling: 10+ Atlanta Theatre Productions to Catch this Summer Photo Time for a Summer Fling: 10+ Atlanta Theatre Productions to Catch this Summer
by Caroline Powell - May 6, 2022

As Alice Cooper sings, ‚ÄúSchool‚Äôs out for summer!‚ÄĚ Here in the South, the temperature rises, and everyone flocks to indoor activities like movies, shopping, and the closest air conditioning. Instead of these boring activities, why not find your way to one of Atlanta‚Äôs theatres?

2022 Drama League Directors Project Recipients Announced Photo 2022 Drama League Directors Project Recipients Announced
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 6, 2022

The stage directors receiving the fellowships, assistantships and residencies of the 2022 Drama League Directors Project: NJ Agwuna, Jean Carlo Yunén Aróstegui, Jennifer Chang, Andrew Coopman, Justin Emeka, Nadia Guevara, Emily Hartford, Susanna Jaramillo, Ibi Owolabi, Logan Gabrielle Schulman, Noam Shapiro, Jessica Natalie Smith, and Kendra Ware.

JEREMY JORDAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Trading Places & More Lead Atlanta's May Theater Photo JEREMY JORDAN, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Trading Places & More Lead Atlanta's May Theater Top 10
by BWW Staff - May 2, 2022

Atlanta is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month.

Cast Announced For Rajiv Joseph's KING JAMES at Center Theatre Group Photo Cast Announced For Rajiv Joseph's KING JAMES at Center Theatre Group
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 29, 2022

Casting has been announced for the World premiere production of Rajiv Joseph's new work ‚ÄúKing James,‚ÄĚ coming to Center Theatre Group / Mark Taper Forum June 1 through July 3, 2022. Tony and Obie Award-winning director Kenny Leon will direct this new play from the Pulitzer Prize-short lister¬†co-commissioned by Center Theatre Group and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

GROUNDED, WHO'S HOLIDAY, and More Set For Human Race Theatre's 22/23 Season Photo GROUNDED, WHO'S HOLIDAY, and More Set For Human Race Theatre's 22/23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 29, 2022

The Human Race embraces its mission of ‚Äúexploring the human condition‚ÄĚ in its 36th season by presenting themes of family, national security, dementia, creativity, race, and autism. Honoring its mission by ‚Äúpromoting enlightenment, inclusion and understanding,‚ÄĚ the season includes two World Premieres (one play and one musical), a regional premiere, a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play, and the return of a favorite.¬†

Brittney Mack, Tracee Beazer, Evan Tyrone Martin & More To Lead THE COLOR PURPLE at T Photo Brittney Mack, Tracee Beazer, Evan Tyrone Martin & More To Lead THE COLOR PURPLE at The Muny
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2022

The Muny announced today that Brittney Mack, Nasia Thomas, Evan Tyrone Martin, Tracee Beazer, Gilbert Domally and Nicole Michelle Haskins will star in the moving and affirming tale,The Color Purple, August 12-18, 2022. The Muny and Regional Premiere is directed by Lili-Anne Brown, choreographed by Breon Arzell, with music direction by Jermaine Hill.

Kenny Leon Videos

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Alliance Theatre's TRADING PLACES VideoVIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Alliance Theatre's TRADING PLACES
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2022

The Alliance Theatre will present the world premiere of TRADING PLACES. Inspired by the iconic and beloved 1983 Paramount Pictures film, TRADING PLACES is a hilarious and contemporary musical reimagining of the prince and pauper fable. Billie Rae Valentine, a savvy hustler down on her luck, and Louis Winthorpe III, a minted commodities-trading firm director, have their lives deliberately switched by the devious Duke brothers to settle a petty bet in an outrageous debate of nature versus nurture.

VIDEO: Watch Highlights from THE TAP DANCE KID at Encores! VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights from THE TAP DANCE KID at Encores!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 3, 2022

New York City Center just kicked off the 2022 Encores! Season with The Tap Dance Kid, featuring music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and a book by Charles Blackwell. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the production also includes new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes (After Midnight) and a concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly). Broadway's Joseph Joubert (Caroline or Change) will guest music direct The Tap Dance Kid.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of THE TAP DANCE KID in Rehearsals! VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of THE TAP DANCE KID in Rehearsals!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jan 27, 2022

New York City Center will soon kick off the 2022 Encores! Season on February 2 - 6 with The Tap Dance Kid, featuring music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and a book by Charles Blackwell. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun), the production also includes new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes (After Midnight) and a concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly). Broadway's Joseph Joubert (Caroline or Change) will guest music direct The Tap Dance Kid.

Celebrating Black History Month: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Star in August Wil VideoCelebrating Black History Month: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Star in August Wilson's FENCES
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 3, 2021

The first Broadway revival of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, played at the Cort Theatre for 88 performances and won three Tony Awards- two of which went to its leading actors.

VIDEO: Cole Escola Performs the Opening Number From the 2020 Obie Awards VideoVIDEO: Cole Escola Performs the Opening Number From the 2020 Obie Awards
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2020

The 65th Annual Obie Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing, premiered on YouTube on July 14. The prerecorded ceremony was hosted by comedian, actor and writer Cole Escola. Watch the opening number, titled 'The Show Must Go On', performed by Escola!

Broadway Rewind: STICK FLY Arrives on Broadway in 2011! VideoBroadway Rewind: STICK FLY Arrives on Broadway in 2011!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 14, 2020

Today we rewind to 2011, when Lydia R. Diamond's Stick Fly opened on Broadway. The play, which featured music by Alicia Keys, played for 93 performances at the Cort Theatre.

VIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Calls the Stars of The Public's WE ARE ONE PUBLIC VideoVIDEO: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Calls the Stars of The Public's WE ARE ONE PUBLIC
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2020

The Public Theater's WE ARE ONE PUBLIC, a one-night-only star-studded virtual event to support The Public, will take place on Monday, June 1. A new video has been released of host Jesse Tyler Ferguson hilariously making his rounds of phone calls to the stars who will appear in the event.

VIDEO: Jerry O'Connell Talks A SOLDIER'S PLAY and the Broadway Shutdown VideoVIDEO: Jerry O'Connell Talks A SOLDIER'S PLAY and the Broadway Shutdown
by Stage Tube - Mar 24, 2020

Jerry O'Connell was a guest on Tuesday, March 24's episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan. O'Connell Skyped in from his home to talk with hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

VIDEO: Watch A SOLDIER'S PLAY Star David Alan Grier Interviewed on THE LATE SHOW VideoVIDEO: Watch A SOLDIER'S PLAY Star David Alan Grier Interviewed on THE LATE SHOW
by Stage Tube - Jan 24, 2020

The star of 'The Soldier's Play' on Broadway, David Alan Grier, points out that he was in the play's original cast in 1981 alongside such future superstars as Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

VIDEO: Blair Underwood Says He Almost Burned Down the Set of A SOLDIER'S PLAY VideoVIDEO: Blair Underwood Says He Almost Burned Down the Set of A SOLDIER'S PLAY
by Stage Tube - Jan 22, 2020

Blair Underwood talks about what happened when he showed his family the set of 'A Soldier's Play' on Broadway.


Kenny Leon Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Kenny Leon been nominated for?
Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Soldier's Play , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for A Soldier's Play , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun , Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards) , Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Tambourines to Glory Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun and Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Blues in the Night .

What awards has Kenny Leon won?
Outstanding Director of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for A Soldier's Play, Best Direction of a Play (Tony Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (Drama League Awards)and Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun.