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Denzel Washington stars in the revival of August Wilson's powerful drama.

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Winning Fences Stars Denzel & Viola Share an Emotional Tony Night

Winning Fences Stars Denzel & Viola Share an Emotional Tony Night

Fences' his-and-hers Tony winners Viola Davis and Denzel Washington made a brief joint appearance in the press room. Best Actress winner Davis became teary-eyed as she recalled the late playwright August Wilson, author of both plays that earned her Tonys (the first was King Hedley II). "It's so fitting that as soon as he finished the tenth play of the ...

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Fences Stars Viola Davis & Denzel Washington Win 2010 Tony Awards

Fences Stars Viola Davis & Denzel Washington Win 2010 Tony Awards

Fences stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis took home the leading actor and actress in a play 2010 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, both thanking God for their good fortune.

“I don’t believe in luck or happenstance,” said Davis. “I absolutely believe in the presence of God in my life.” She also thanked the people in ...

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Tony-Nominated Fences Star Stephen McKinley Henderson Shares Warm Memories of August Wilson

Tony-Nominated Fences Star Stephen McKinley Henderson Shares Warm Memories of August Wilson

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It’s hard to imagine any actor who knows the plays of August Wilson better than 2010 Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson. Consider the roles Henderson has played in the past two decades on and off Broadway and in regional productions: Bynum Walker in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Slow Drag in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Wining Boy ...

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Winning Her First Tony Was a Dream Come True for 2010 Nominee Viola Davis of Fences

Winning Her First Tony Was a Dream Come True for 2010 Nominee Viola Davis of Fences

When Viola Davis tackles August Wilson on Broadway, the Tony nominators sit up and take notice. Her first nomination came in 1996 for playing Vera in Seven Guitars, then she won the Best Featured Actress prize five years later for playing Tonya in King Hedley II. In 2010, Davis is a Best Actress nominee for her acclaimed performance as Rose ...

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Fences Recoups in Eight Weeks; Sets Record at Cort Theatre

Fences Recoups in Eight Weeks; Sets Record at Cort Theatre

The Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences will recoup its $2.8 million capitalization in just eight weeks of performances at the Cort Theatre, during the week ending June 13. The production, which stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis and has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, is scheduled to close on July 11 after a limited run of 13 ...

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Celeb-Magnet Fences Draws Will Smith, Aretha Franklin, Lost’s Jorge Garcia and More

Celeb-Magnet Fences Draws Will Smith, Aretha Franklin, Lost’s Jorge Garcia and More
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You never know what famous folks you might see enjoying a Broadway show. But when that show is a hot ticket like the revival of August Wilson’s Fences, which boasts award-winning stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as headliners, you can bet there will be at least a few celebs in the house. Take the May 19 evening performance of ...

Her Name Is Barbra, and She's In the House at Fences

Her Name Is Barbra, and She's In the House at Fences
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Sometimes the word “star” is used loosely when talking about celebrity guests at a Broadway show, but on May 11, it definitely applied to an audience member at Fences: Barbra Streisand! The show-biz legend made the scene at the Cort Theatre, eager to see the Tony-nominated performances of Denzel Washington, Viola Davis and Stephen McKinley Henderson in August Wilson’s play ...

Oprah & BFF Gayle King Check Out Broadway’s Fences

Oprah & BFF Gayle King Check Out Broadway’s Fences
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Now that August Wilson’s Fences is a sellout Broadway hit (and recipient of 10 Tony nominations), it’s no surprise that famous fans are turning out to see Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in action. The latest celebrity guests at the Cort Theatre: talk show titan and Color Purple producer Oprah Winfrey and her pal Gayle King. The twosome ...

Fences Star Chris Chalk on Eight Seconds in Rent and What He's Learned from Denzel

Age: “I tell everyone at the theater that I’m 20.”

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina

Currently: Making his Broadway debut as Cory Maxson, the aspiring college football player who clashes with his unsupportive father, Troy (played by Denzel Washington), in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences.

Mother Love: Chalk got his start onstage in a fifth grade Christmas program ...

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A Tony Surprise for Best Score Nominee Branford Marsalis of Fences

A Tony Surprise for Best Score Nominee Branford Marsalis of Fences

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2010 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Branford Marsalis
Nominated for Best Score, Fences

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Fences Tony Nominee Viola Davis is 'Very, Very Grateful'

Fences Tony Nominee Viola Davis is 'Very, Very Grateful'

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2010 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Viola Davis
Nominated for Best Actress in a Play, Fences

“I am so happy to ...

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A Tony Nod Takes Fences Star Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Breath Away

A Tony Nod Takes Fences Star Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Breath Away

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2010 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Stephen McKinley Henderson
Nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play, Fences

“I feel very ...

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For Denzel Washington, Fences Tony Nom is Like a Family Reunion

For Denzel Washington, Fences Tony Nom is Like a Family Reunion

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2010 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Denzel Washington
Nominated for Best Actor in a Play, Fences

“Being on Broadway, and in ...

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First-Time Directing Nominee Kenny Leon of Fences Counts His Blessings

First-Time Directing Nominee Kenny Leon of Fences Counts His Blessings

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2010 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Kenny Leon
Nominated for Best Director of a Play, Fences

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Denzel Washington Visits Regis & Kelly

Denzel Washington Visits Regis & Kelly
Date
May 10, 2010
Show
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Tony nominee Denzel Washington, now starring on Broadway in Fences, heads to Live to chat with Regis and Kelly.

Washington played Brutus in a 2005 Broadway revival of Julius Caesarand starred in a 1990 Central Park production of Richard III. In 1979, he had multiple roles in a Central Park production of Coriolanus and later starred off-Broadway in A ...

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Building Fences on Broadway with Denzel, Viola and Opening Night Guests

Building Fences on Broadway with Denzel, Viola and Opening Night Guests

It was a Broadway opening to remember: lots of stars (onstage and in the audience), a standing ovation, a joyous celebration. All the elements came together on April 26 when Denzel Washington and Viola Davis took their bows in August Wilson’s Fences . Broadway.com staked out a prime spot on the (rain-soaked) red carpet at the Cort Theatre to chat ...

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Denzel Washington Attracts a Stellar Slate of First-Nighters at Fences

Denzel Washington Attracts a Stellar Slate of First-Nighters at Fences
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From Spike Lee to Gabourey Sidibe, a heaping helping of bold-face names came out on April 26 to see Denzel Washington and Viola Davis open in August Wilson’s Fences. The Cort Theatre was humming with all the talent who crowded in for a true theatrical event, the first Broadway revival of Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. After the cheers died down ...

Did Denzel Washington Hit One Out of the Park in Broadway's Fences Revival?

Did Denzel Washington Hit One Out of the Park in Broadway's Fences Revival?

OK, let's go over the stats: It's a Pulitzer Prize-winning play penned by prolific American scribe August Wilson. The original 1987 production, starring James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, was a hit, running for 525 performances. Oh, and did we mention the current revival stars Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Tony winner Viola Davis? Clearly, Broadway's return of family ...

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Video Sneak Peek at Denzel, Viola & Co. in August Wilson's Fences

Video Sneak Peek at Denzel, Viola & Co. in August Wilson's Fences

Broadway is getting its latest jolt of star power as two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington teams up with Tony winner Viola Davis in August Wilson’s beloved drama Fences. It’s definitely a hot ticket, and we’ve got a video preview of scenes from the show, directed by Kenny Leon at the Cort Theatre. Take a look, then book your seats for ...

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Fences Star Viola Davis on Denzel, August Wilson and Her Red-Hot Film Career

Fences Star Viola Davis on Denzel, August Wilson and Her Red-Hot Film Career

Viola Davis’ Oscar-nominated performance as an anguished mother in the screen adaptation of Doubt put her on Hollywood’s A-list, and the versatile actress soon found herself playing an artist on TV’s United States of Tara and Julia Roberts’ best friend in the eagerly awaited movie Eat, Pray, Love. In a recent news flash, Davis has landed the coveted lead role ...

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Talk Fences on Good Morning America

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Talk Fences on Good Morning America

Fences (and Hollywood) stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are making the rounds! The fierce team stopped by Good Morning America to chat about what drew them to August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic and the universal themes of the play. The pair also delve into the relevance of the revival following its 1987 premiere, even discussing if Troy would have ...

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Exclusive! A First Look at Denzel Washington and Viola Davis On Stage in Fences

Exclusive! A First Look at Denzel Washington and Viola Davis On Stage in Fences

We know you’re dying to catch a glimpse of one of the most highly anticipated Broadway pairings of the season: Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Tony winner Viola Davis in the revival of August Wilson’s Fences, which started performances on April 14 at the Cort Theatre. Well, here it is exclusively! Washington plays sanitation worker Troy Maxson in the intense ...

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Fences Stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Dress Down for Vogue

Fences Stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Dress Down for Vogue

One of the 2010 spring season’s final shows is also one of the most anticipated: Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Tony winner Viola Davis go head to head in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences. The celebrated co-stars sat for a portrait with superstar photographer Annie Leibovitz for the May issue of Vogue, but they weren’t outfitted in the ...

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Jazz Great Branford Marsalis to Compose Original Music for Broadway Revival of Fences

Jazz Great Branford Marsalis to Compose Original Music for Broadway Revival of Fences

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis will compose original music for the forthcoming Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Kenny Leon’s production of the play will begin previews on April 14 and open on April 26 at the Cort Theatre for a strictly limited 13-week engagement.

“What a dream come true to be making my ...

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Denzel Washington and Co. Talk About Putting Up Fences

Denzel Washington and Co. Talk About Putting Up Fences

The starry cast of the first-ever Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences met the press on March 18. Lead by Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Tony winner Viola Davis, the production is a vibrant mix of veterans and performers new to the playwright’s work. Want to get to know director Kenny Leon’s exciting ensemble of players? Watch our chat with ...

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