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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 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.
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.
Atlantans to get benefit sneak peek of Kenny Leon’s all-star Steel Magnolias
Atlanta director Kenny Leon's legion of local fans won't have to wait until Sunday, October 7 at 9 p.m. to watch his remake of "Steel Magnolias" on Lifetime. The modern adaptation of the 1989 mother of all chick flicks will have its Atlanta premiere on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in the Georgia Pacific Auditorium downtown as a benefit for Leon's 10-year-old True Colors Theatre.
True Colors Theatre founder Kenny Leon returns to the stage with Jasmine Guy in “Fool for Love”
Between knock down, drag out fights with "Fool for Love" co-star Jasmine Guy this month, we had a moment to congratulate True Colors Theatre artistic director Kenny Leon on being selected as one of Atlanta magazine's "50 Who Made Atlanta" in our 50th anniversary issue now on stands.
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