Kenny Leon


Character: Director

Kenny Leon, considered the premiere director on Broadway, has brought together a stellar cast for this new version of “Steel Magnolias.” His Broadway credits include his Tony® Award-winning revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” in 2004 starring Sean P. Diddy Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald. He reunited with the cast in 2008 to direct the television adaptation which aired on ABC and earned him a Best Director nomination by the DGA, Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations and three NAACP Image® Award wins.

His 2010 follow up with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis starring in August Wilson’s “Fences” garnered 10 Tony Nominations including Best Director and won Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor and Best Actress. In 2011, he became the first African-American director to have concurrent shows on Broadway with “The Mountaintop” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; and “Stick Fly”, produced by Alicia Keys and starring Dule Hill, Mekhi Phifer and Condola Rashad.

Kenny recently completed the adaptation of “Steel Magnolias” starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad and Jill Scott for Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television.