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Leonard Dozier starring as Walter Lee Younger in A Rasin in the Sun

On March 11, 1959, a play opened on Broadway that changed American theatre forever. "A Raisin in the Sun" examined issues that had never been presented on Broadway. It was the first play written by a black woman to be presented on Broadway with Broadway's first black director. This heartwarming, hilarious, groundbreaking story of a family's heroic efforts to make a better life for their children will run at Open Stage of Harrisburg February 6-22, 2015.

It took producer Phillip Rose over a year to raise the money to produce the original production of "A Raisin in the Sun." When it opened in 1959, both Rose and playwright Lorraine Hansberry didn't know if it could succeed, but it defied everyone's expectations and ran for 530 performances and was nominated for four Tonys including Best Play. "A Raisin in the Sun" has become one of history's most loved plays. It was made into a movie in 1961, a musical in 1973 (which won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1974) and a made-for-TV movie in 1989 (which won three Emmy Award nominations).

A 2004 revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Phylicia Rash?d was nominated for four Tony Awards. The same cast from this production made another made-for-TV version in 2008. In 2014, Denzel Washingtonstarred in a second Broadway revival, which won three Tony awards.

Open Stage's production of A RAISIN IN THE SUN features a number of actors who have appeared at Open Stage before, many in the August Wilson Centrury Cycle of plays.This production is directed by Open Stage Executive Artisitc Director Donald L. Alsedek. The cast includes Jessica Gondwe (Ruth Younger), Madison Bond (Travis Younger), Leonard Dozier (Walter Lee Younger), Nhadya Salomon (Beneatha Younger), Sharia Benn ("Mama" Lena Younger), Jurdan Payne (Joseph Asagai), Jeremy Patterson (George Murchison), Aaron Bomar (BoBo), Dan Burke (Karl Lindner), and Jason Moffitt (Moving Man).

The set and costumes are designed by Gwen Alsedek. Lighting design is by Tristan Stasiulis.

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The Official Voice of Boomtown Casino is back!

Leonard returns to the role he won an ADDY award in 2012, the Official Voice of Boomtown Casino in New Orleans!

Leonard Dozier is a SAG-AFTRA actor and voice artist with close to 20 years of experience. He was cast as a principal actor in the Hollywood animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return with Lea Michele, Dan Akyroyd, Kelsey Grammar and Jim Belushi. He served as the official voice for Boomtown Casino and is one of the voices for Centerlight Healthcare and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Recently, he also became the new voice for NBA champion Derek Anderson’s website. Other voice credits include American Idol Ruben Studdard’s national Love Is album release, Coca Cola’s NCAA Recylemania campaign and several audiobooks and documentaries including world-renowned pastor Dr. Creflo Dollar’s 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want and Apostle of Freedom, respectively. He is signed to one of the leading voiceover agencies in the country.

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Just got nominated for Best Actor in a Play award

I was just nominated for a 2014 BroadwayWorld Central Pennsylvania Award - Best Actor in a Play for my role in Fences. You can vote for me here. http://ow.ly/EaH0O

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You Are A Star, out now!

New Single "You Are a Star" released today! Check all your favorite online retailers for the download.

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Leonard Dozier signs with Access Talent!

Leonard Signs a new exclusive deal with highly regarded voice over agency "Access Talent"!

Access Talent specializes exclusively in the search and placement of professionals in the advertising, media and marketing community.

Access Talent specializes exclusively in the search and placement of professionals in the advertising, media and marketing community. - See more at: http://blogs.voices.com/voiceagents/2009/03/access_talent.html#sthash.vItd7HyX.dpufAccess Talent specializes exclusively in the search and placement of professionals in the advertising, media and marketing community. - See more at: http://blogs.voices.com/voiceagents/2009/03/access_talent.html#sthash.vItd7HyX.dpufAccess Talent specializes exclusively in the search and placement of professionals in the advertising, media and marketing community. - See more at: http://blogs.voices.com/voiceagents/2009/03/access_talent.html#sthash.vItd7HyX.dpufAccess Talent specializes exclusively in the search and placement of professionals in the advertising, media and marketing community. - See more at: http://blogs.voices.com/voiceagents/2009/03/access_talent.html#sthash.vItd7HyX.dpuf

 

 

 

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Hear Leonard on WWDB 8/21 at 1 pm!

 

Tune in on Thursday, August 21st at 1 pm for Leonard Dozier's interview and live performance on WWBD "Bare This and That" radio show with host Cynthia Deleonardo. He will be performing his new single "I Love U." 

Listen to interview here!

 

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Accomplished Actor/ADDY Award-winning Voice Actor Leonard Dozier Back with a New Single “I Love U"

 

Accomplished Actor/ADDY Award-winning Voice Actor Leonard Dozier Back with a New Single “I Love U"Read press release here

 

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New single...Itunes or stream it on Spotify. August 12th!

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In a new play!

Thrilled to be cast in the NY stage reading of a simply transcendent new play called "Meet the Earth" written by actor, rising-star playwright and good friend Daniel Damiano. I will be paired with the legendary Austin Pendleton in telling this powerfully inspirational story about humanity and human interaction.

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Performance updates

"Leonard to co-star in the upcoming film "Phaesporia" before taking several months away from the business. He has agreed to terms to star in "A Raisin in the Sun" at Open Stage in Harrisburg this winter where he was nominated for Broadway World Award for Best Actor in 2013 for his performance in "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." This will be his third stint playing Walter Lee Younger, having also produced the production in 2008 and in 1997 (while a senior in high school). It is also the second time that Leonard will reprise a role following the Broadway performance by Denzel Washington, having done so this past year in Fences, which earned Washington a Tony Award."

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Leonard Dozier cast in the role of the Firefighter!

In filmmaker Carman Spoto latest film "Phaesporia", Leonard Dozier is cast as a firefighter. More info about film Click Here.

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Win Tickets to See "Legends of Oz" alongside Leonard Dozier who is featured in the film along with Lea Michele

Submit your winning essay to join Leonard to watch the movie! Winning essays get a ticket to see the movie along with popcorn/drink.

Two categories: 9 to 12 years old and 13 to 16 years old open to students of any Atlantic County city or town. Only accepting first 50 essays, 25 in each category (essays of students of Pleasantville will be accepted until the deadline regardless of whether cap has been met) Deadline is Tuesday, May 6th. Essay should be 250 words or less. The topic is "If Oz Really Existed, What Would You Ask For and Why?" Essays should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF file and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Essays should contain cover page with student's name, age, town of residence and parent or guardian's phone number or e-mail address. Winners will be notified via phone or e-mail address on Wednesday, May 7th. If winner does not confirm their attendance at the movie theater designated (by noon on Thursday, May 8th) or is unable to attend, the runner up winner will be notified.

 

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Leonard Dozier and Luther Vandross

Leonard will be a special guest on a birthday tribute to Luther Vandross on April 19th hosted by "Talking Smooth Jazz and Luther historian Leon Petrossian." (Stay tuned for information about how you can tune in) Leonard is also set to write and record a duet with Luther's niece Tamira Sanders. 

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Leonard Dozier along with others in MOM WAKE UP movie premiere

Come see the movie "MOM WAKE UP!". Garden State Film Festival, Saturday April 5, 2014 @12:00pm @ Taj Mahal, Tiara Ballroom. Tickets are $12.00 and CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR.

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New single "You Are A Star" to be released in April.

New single "You Are A Star" to be released in April. Check out my video of me in the studio recording it. Click Here.

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Leonard Dozier in the upcoming film "Turning Point"

Just released scenes of Leonard Dozier as Nigerian-American hustler "Dollar Rain" from the upcoming film "Turning Point" with Ernie Hudson, Todd Bridges, K.D. Aubert, Igoni Archibong, mega Nollywood star Jackie Appiah (who his scenes are with) Joe Estevez and Cynda Williams. The film is now in theaters in some overseas markets.

 

 

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Leonard Dozier was interviewed on Comcast SportsNet

I was interviewed on Comcast SportsNet for Fences. This was seen all over the Tri-State region. See interview below.  http://ow.ly/tIr9o

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Broadway World Reviews: August Wilson's FENCES Is On Fire at Open Stage

 

Good fences make good neighbors, says Robert Frost. But fences do considerably more. Fences keep things out. They keep things in. They mark boundaries. They divide. And not all fences are visible to the naked eye. For Troy Maxson, a fence is what he used to hit a ball over back in his glory days when he played baseball in the Negro League, and what his wife wants him to build for their back yard now, in 1957. But other fences are in his life, too - the fence around the prison he was once in; the fence separating himself from his son, Cory; the fence dividing white garbage truck drivers from the black garbage can collectors in Pittsburgh.

August Wilson's Tony-winning FENCES is on stage at Open Stage of Harrisburg, one more link in its chain of now-annual performances of Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle - or Century Cycle - of plays about the human condition, set in Wilson's hometown of Pittsburgh, but that really could be almost any middling or larger city in twentieth-century America. Set in 1957 and written and on Broadway thirty years later, it tells Troy Maxson's story of working-class struggle, both at work and at home. A former Negro League player who never made it big, he sees no future for African-Americans in professional sports - despite Major League integration and Robinson's and Aaron's making it in integrated baseball, despite what his wife, son, and friends note as changing times. He's desperate to spoil his son's ambitions to play football, which could send him to college on a scholarship, because he sees no future in football for the boy. And he wants to improve his current lot by becoming a garbage truck driver, though he anticipates losing his job for even asking.

At Open Stage, Leonard Dozier plays Troy Maxson, a man who seems larger than life to everyone around him, especially the son, Cory (J.C. Payne), who has come to fear both his father and his father's shadow. Dozier plays Maxson as a bitter, driven soul - anxious to be responsible, to do the right thing, but not always sure what it is, or how to handle himself. The only thing he's sure of being the right thing is keeping his son bagging groceries at the A&P and keeping him away from college football recruiters... the one thing his son is sure will help him get out of his family's working-class grind. Sharia Benn plays Rose Maxson, Troy's wife, and is the standout among a fine cast - Benn is positively on fire as Rose, speaking truth to power even when power - Troy - is drinking and not listening. Benn brings strength, charm, and solid character to Rose, and in the process ignites the entire show.

Also noteworthy is Aaron Bomer as Troy's workmate and companion, Jim Bono. Bomer is one of those actors who can steal a scene by breathing. Bono's role for Maxson is as listener, confidant, and occasional moral advisor - whether Maxson is heeding Bono's word or not. Though he tries to do the right thing, Maxson has a serious habit of ignoring all good advice, provided by Rose and by Bono. Bomer's Bono is a cheerful listener, but not afraid to call it as he sees it; even in the simple act of sitting on the porch, listening to his buddy, audience attention is on Bomer, wondering when he'll speak his own truth. That attention is deserved; Bomer is a powerful presence on stage, though both here and in last season's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, an often comforting one.

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Excellent review of Fences starring Leonard Dozier.

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Troy Maxson has a lot of rage inside, and not without some justification. He's been fenced out of the American dream all of his life.

Leonard Dozier plays tortured patriarch Troy Maxson and Sharia Benn portrays his long-suffering wife Rose in August Wilson's captivating drama "Fences," at Open Stage of Harrisburg through March 1.Provided photo

Once a gifted baseball player, his ability to clear the fences was confined to the Negro Leagues because people of color were not yet welcome in the all-white Major Leagues. Now in his 50s, he collects trash in Pittsburgh, working in yet another fenced-off system where black men do all the lifting while white men drive the trucks.

Maxson is not really a bad man, but too often he takes out his deep-seated bitterness on members of his own family, including his steadfast wife Rose, his young son Cory and even his brain-damaged brother Gabriel. He's slowly building a fence in his backyard designed to keep people -- and even death -- at bay, but he's also walling off himself.

This is the world of "Fences," August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play set during the 1950s, when African-Americans were just beginning on the road that would lead, in the next decade, to the stirring words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the landmark Civil Rights Act.

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Cast of FENCES sitting on set!

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Leonard Dozier and the cast of August Wilson's FENCES takes a picture break on the porch of the set designed by Steve Krempasky. It runs from 2/7-3/1 at Open Stage of Harrisburg.

 

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