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Viola Davis to Co-Star with Denzel Washington in FENCES; Opens April 26 at Cort Theatre

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Wow, talk about a dynamite pairing!! Can't wait for this..
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Yay Viola!

Now will people finally believe that Fences didn't kick Ragtime out?
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YES
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I've seen her twice on stage and she is awesome. This is marvelous news!!
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In fact... it doesn't BEGIN April 26th. It opens 26th. It begins previews April 14th, which means only a 10 day turn around from View from the Bridge closing. That's nuts! 10 days for a show with a massive set like View from the Bridge? This will be interesting.
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so excited!!!
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I literally cannot wait. She.is.SO GOOD.
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THIS is amazing casting!!! SOOOOOOO excited!
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If Suzan Lori-Parks directed I would die of happiness.
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Kenny Leon is directing. Suzan-Lori is in the midst of writing something for the Public.
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Leon is probably a better choice. Parks has no directing experience of any kind to speak of--for her to make her debut with the first revival of a major American play, starring one of the most famous people alive, would probably just be setting herself up for failure.
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Viola Davis is about to get her some Tony! Broadway beware, this lady acts her face off! Rose's last monologue? ... Ha! I guarantee you this lady is going to TEAR it up! I have't been to NYC in a while, but I will be saving up for this one. TOO EXCITED!
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I know what you mean, beyondblessed. I still have never experienced a more visceral reaction in the theatre than Mary Alice performing the same in the original production. At an already lively performance, the theatre went berserk.
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As good as Viola Davis was in the movie "Doubt" she is even more powerful on stage. I am very eager to see this show!
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Does anyone know who is the general manager for this show?
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This is wonderful casting. I saw the Pasadena Playhouse production a couple years ago with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett which was brilliant. It's such a great play. This is also casting made in heaven.

This may seem like blasphemy, but I actually had a hard time with the brilliant James Earl Jones in the original. His voice is so magnificent that I just couldn't get into his being a "common man".
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Very excited for this! She was robbed of the Supporting Actress Oscar, in my opinion.