BY HOWARD POUSNER / AJC
The play, on the boards through June 15 at Ethel Barrymore Theatre with Denzel Washington as Walter Younger, received five nominations, announced Tuesday morning. The other four:
Leon was nominated for a best director Tony in 2010 for his revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” also starring Washington. He didn’t win but Washington and Viola Davis took home best actor and actress trophies.
The director also is readying a Broadway premiere of “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” featuring the songs of the late Atlantan Tupac Shakur. The musical is to open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.
“I’m humbled and grateful,” Leon said in a statement to the AJC. “It’s been an amazing year. So proud of the production and especially proud of the women and LaTanya. Denzel made it all work and is is indeed an American treasure. Onwards, ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’.”
Leon will next be seen in Atlanta in an acting role. He is scheduled to star, opposite Phylicia Rashad, in a Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company production of ”Same Time Next Year,” July 8 through Aug. 3 at 14th St. Playhouse.
The Tony Awards will air 8 p.m. June 8 on CBS.