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Long live the Atlanta University Center

Long live the Atlanta University Center

The Atlanta University Center has shaped generations of leaders—for the nation and for their home city. Atlanta would be nothing like it is today without it.
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Yearbook Memories: See Atlanta University Center alumni before they became household names

A roundup of yearbook photos of famous Atlanta University Center alumni, including Martin Luther King Jr., Samuel L. Jackson. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams, Tayari Jones, and more.
Alliance Theatre Trading Places

Alliance Theatre’s world-premiere musical adaption of Trading Places puts women in charge

The Alliance Theatre gives its adaptation of the 1983 comedy some twists, including bringing back Tony Award–winning director Kenny Leon to helm the production. Here are four things you need to know about the new musical.
Kenny Leon Our Town

Kenny Leon on directing the Avengers-studded Our Town reading

On Monday night, Kenny Leon will direct Scarlett Johansson and her Avengers co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Maximiliano Hernández in the 1938 Thornton Wilder classic during a special one-night-only performance at the Fox Theatre.
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Why Kenny Leon loves Atlanta

Kenny Leon believes in hard work. He does not, apparently, believe in sleep.

Big Boi, Jermaine Dupri, Kenny Leon and other Atlanta artists reflect on Prince’s passing

We reached out to Atlanta’s artistic community and asked them to take the measure of Prince’s death today at 57, and what his music meant to them.

Power Couple: Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad in ‘Same Time, Next Year’

When True Colors Theatre Company asked Chris Coleman to direct his old friend Kenny Leon and the luminous Phylicia Rashad in the 1975 play Same Time, Next Year, the former Atlantan and cofounder of Actor’s Express first thought, “Oh my God, that’s kind of random.” Then he became titillated by the thought. “Getting the job of making Kenny Leon make out with Phylicia Rashad —come on! Who is going to turn *that* down?”

Denzel Washington heads back to Broadway with Atlanta director Kenny Leon

After Kenny Leon directed Denzel Washington in the 2010 revival of August Wilson’s Fences, they made a pact: The Atlanta director and the Hollywood titan would continue to work as a theatrical team. So not long ago, Leon told Washington it was time to make good on that handshake.

5. See a show—before it goes to Broadway

You don’t have to go to New York for adventurous drama. The Alliance Theatre and True Colors Theatre regularly stage brand-new works, U.S. premieres, or reinvented classics.

Playwright Katori Hall on bringing The Mountaintop to King’s hometown

Writer and Memphis native Katori Hall’s play "The Mountaintop," a fictional account of the final night of Martin Luther King Jr’s life, concludes its well-received Atlanta run this weekend at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre. The play made its U.S. debut on Broadway last year in a $3 million production directed by Leon and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. In an exclusive interview with Atlanta magazine, Hall took time out from writing the screenplay based her new play “Hurt Village” to talk about bringing “The Mountaintop” to Atlanta.

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