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Local Broadway director Kenny Leon won his first Tony Award on Sunday night.

Leon, who formally served as the artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company, took home his first award for directing a Lorraine Hansberry revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." The play features an all-star cast of Hollywood actors, including Denzel Washington, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose and Stephen McKinley Henderson.

During his acceptance speech, Leon thanked Denzel Washington and the women in his life, among other. He also managed to plug his next work, "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a story narrated by songs by famous fallen rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Tony Award winner now heads up True Colors Theater Company, a non-profit theatre company committed to preserving African-American theatre in SW Atlanta.

Leon is best known for Tony Award winning August Wilson revival "Fences."
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