Kenny Leon will helm a production of Much Ado About Nothing for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park

Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (American SonA Raisin in the Sun) directs a bold new take on Shakespeare’s cherished comedy of romantic retribution and miscommunication, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. In this modern production, we find the community of Messina celebrating a break from an ongoing war. But not all is peaceful amid the revelry, as old rivals engage in a battle of wits, unexpected foes plot revenge, and young lovers are caught in a tumultuous courtship – until love proves the ultimate trickster, and undoes them all.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Developing Cotton Club Musical TV Series with Kenny Leon at the Helm


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron—the Broadway producers behind NBC's The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Hairspray Live!—are currently developing a new series for Fox about Harlem's Cotton Club, one of the hottest nightspots of the roaring ’20s, according to Variety.

Tony winner Kenny Leon, who directed the aforementioned Hairspray Live, will direct the music series, which will be penned by showrunner Ayanna Floyd (Empire, Private Practice). Leon and Floyd will also serve as executive producers with Zadan and Meron. The executive music supervisor is LA Reid (American Idol).

The series, from Sony Pictures Television and Storyline Entertainment, will focus on the “club and the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it,” according to the industry website. Co-executive producers include Mark Nicholson, John Rice, and Joe Batteer.

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'Car Wash' Reboot From Will Packer Set at ABC (Exclusive)


Kenny Leon is on board to direct and co-executive produce the pilot, should the comedy move forward.

ABC is looking to clean up.

The network is teaming with Will Packer to develop a single-camera comedy based on the 1976 feature film Car WashThe Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The ABC take is described as a workplace comedy that explores the family we build in order to survive — as seen through one kid's determination to create his own destiny, one man's struggle to accept who he has become and the bonds they form at an iconic Hollywood destination: Deluxe Car Wash.

Rob Horn (Partners, Living Single) and Matt Claybrooks (Single Ladies, The Game, Everybody Hates Chris) will pen the script for the project, which landed at ABC with a script plus penalty commitment. Kenny Leon (Hairspray Live, The Wiz Live, She's All That) is on board to direct the pilot, should Car Wash move forward, and also would co-executive produce.

Packer and his Will Packer Productions topper Korin D. Huggins will executive produce via their Universal Television-based banner. Kelly Meyer, Eric Carlson and Susan Carlson also will exec produce, reuniting the trio with Universal Television after their short-lived NBC medical drama Heartbeat.

Read full article on The Hollywood Reporter by Lesley Goldberg