Opened: March 26, 1987
Closing: June 26, 1988

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226 W.46th St. New York, NY

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New Federal Theatre to Hold 53rd Anniversary Celebration Next Month at Edison Ballroom by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 23, 2023

NEW FEDERAL THEATRE will hold its 53rd Anniversary Celebration on October 2 at Edison Ballroom, honoring Woodie King, Jr., Gabrielle Kurlander, and Sade Lythcott. The gala is chaired by Kenny Leon and Lynn Whitfield.

National Black Theatre, ArtBridge, RAY, and LMXD Unveil 500 Foot Long Public Art Exhibition in Harlem by A.A. Cristi - Sep 21, 2023

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, ARTBRIDGE, RAY, and LMXD unveil a 500-foot-long public art exhibition in Harlem featuring artist Xenobia Bailey.

Photos: First Look at Leslie Odom, Jr. & More in PURLIE VICTORIOUS on Broadway by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2023

Get a first look at Leslie Odom Jr. and more in PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch. Learn how to purchase tickets!

THE DUTCHMAN Film Adaptation to Star Stephen McKinley Henderson, André Holland & More by Michael Major - Sep 21, 2023

Stephen McKinley Henderson, André Holland, Zazie Beetz, and Kate Mara have joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of The Dutchman. Andre Gaines' film adaptation of the Obie-winning play has landed a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement.

Sydney Theatre Company Reveals 2024 Season by Stephi Wild - Sep 15, 2023

STC Artistic Director Kip Williams announced the Company’s 2024 Season, which will include his new cine-theatre production, an adaptation of the iconic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

LET THERE BE LOVE Comes to Penguin Rep by Stephi Wild - Sep 11, 2023

Penguin Rep Theatre presents the New York premiere of Let There Be Love by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Learn more about the production and how to get tickets here!

Trinity Repertory Company To Celebrate 60th Anniversary Season HOMECOMING �"  A NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA AND PERFORMANCE by A.A. Cristi - Sep 7, 2023

Trinity Repertory Company, the State Theater of Rhode Island, announces a special event -- “Homecoming: Celebrating 60 Years of Trinity Rep,” to mark its milestone anniversary season. 

PHILADELPHIA BOUND? Fall Presents Over 120 Festivals, Block Parties, Shows, Charity Events and More by Marina Kennedy - Sep 3, 2023

Are you bound for the Philadelphia area this fall.  There’s so much to see and do that our readers will like to know about. 

Berkshire Theatre Group Reveals Cast for the Upcoming Production of COPENHAGEN by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 31, 2023

Get all the latest updates on Berkshire Theatre Group's upcoming production of Copenhagen. Find out who has been cast in the lead roles and when and where you can catch this highly anticipated show. Don't miss this limited engagement - learn more now!

New Federal Theatre To Hold 53rd Anniversary Celebration in October by Stephi Wild - Aug 30, 2023

Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT), led by Producing Artistic Director Elizabeth Van Dyke, will hold a 53rd Anniversary Celebration October 2, 2023 at Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street.  

New Music Takes Centre Stage at Wigmore Hall this Autumn by Stephi Wild - Aug 23, 2023

A new work for solo piano by the Canadian pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear receives its world première at London’s Wigmore Hall on Saturday 23 September 2023. Performed by Goodyear himself, making his Wigmore Hall debut, it is the first of 16 new ‘Voices of Today’ works commissioned to support composers during the coronavirus pandemic.

LET'S GROOVE TONIGHT Concert From No Name Pops to Be Held at The Kimmel Center in October by Blair Ingenthron - Aug 19, 2023

Let's Groove Tonight: Motown and The Philly Sound! is the first Kimmel Center concert performed by the No Name Pops, composed of the former musicians of the Philly POPS. It will take place on October 28 at 3 and 8 p.m. in Verizon Hall.

Magic Theatre Extends Run of World Premiere Play JOSEPHINE'S FEAST by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 17, 2023

Join us at the Magic Theatre for the world premiere of 'Josephine's Feast,' a captivating new play. Don't miss your chance to experience the enchanting world of this mesmerizing production, running until August 30th. Book your tickets now!

Directors Phylicia Rashad and Jess McLeod Join Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2023/24 Season by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 16, 2023

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes renowned directors Phylicia Rashad and Jess McLeod to their highly anticipated 2023/24 season. Get the latest updates and insights into the exciting additions to this acclaimed theater company's lineup.

Cast Set For COMPOSITOR E at Omnibus Theatre  by Stephi Wild - Aug 16, 2023

Omnibus Theatre has announced the full cast for Charlie Dupré’s Compositor E as part of the theatre’s 10th Birthday Season. Set in a print shop working on what would become Shakespeare’s First Folio, Compositor E is presented in line with the 400th anniversary of its printing. Artistic Director Marie McCarthy directs Tré Medley (John Leason), Kaffe Keating (Isaac Jaggard) and David Monteith (Richard Bardolph).

Pompano Beach Arts Announces Headliners for Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024 by A.A. Cristi - Aug 14, 2023

Pompano Beach Arts has announced the headlining acts for Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024. Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis, one of the most iconic jazz musicians of our time, leads a stellar lineup of internationally renowned artists including Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, David Sanchez, and Najee.

Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024 to Feature Iconic Jazz Musicians and Emerging Artists by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 14, 2023

Pompano Beach Arts is proud to announce the headlining acts for Jazz Fest Pompano Beach 2024, featuring Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a stellar lineup of internationally renowned artists. Join us for this unforgettable musical celebration!

Goodman Theatre, Paramount Theatre & More Nominated for 2022-2023 Equity Jeff Awards by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 14, 2023

Discover the nominations for the 55th Anniversary Jeff Awards for Equity Theater! Find out who made the cut and get ready for the highly anticipated awards ceremony.

Wake Up With BWW 8/11: THE SHARK IS BROKEN Reviews, Opening Night Photos, and More! by - Aug 11, 2023

Top stories: The Shark is Broken opened last night on Broadway! Check out reviews, opening night photos, and more!

Westport Country Playhouse To Present Reading Of Romantic Comedy MAYTAG VIRGIN, August 21 by A.A. Cristi - Aug 8, 2023

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the romantic comedy, “Maytag Virgin,” written and directed by southern regionalist Audrey Cefaly, on Monday, August 21, at 7 p.m. The play was voted “Best Comedy” in Atlanta by artsATL.com in 2018.

Daniel J. Watts, Nicole Ari Parker & More to Star in THE REFUGE PLAYS at Roundabout Theatre Company by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 3, 2023

Discover the complete cast for THE REFUGE PLAYS, the highly anticipated production at Roundabout Theatre Company. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as the talented actors bring this captivating play to life. Make sure to secure your tickets now.

Cast and Creatives Set For Pearl Cleage's SOMETHING MOVING: A MEDITATION ON MAYNARD at Ford's Theatre Society by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2023

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere of Pearl Cleage's Something Moving: A Meditation on Maynard, directed by Seema Sueko (Silent Sky).

Trinity Rep Reveals Single Ticket On-Sale Dates For 60th Anniversary Season by Stephi Wild - Aug 2, 2023

Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island's Tony Award-winning theater, has announced on-sale dates for single tickets and expanded discounts for its 60th Anniversary Season. 

Review: FENCES at Shakespeare & Company by Marc Savitt - Jul 31, 2023

Audience members quickly engage with the characters before them virtually free of any doubt or distraction. We become deeply engaged and by the time real conflict sets in during act two, we feel both for them, and with them. August Wilson’s FENCES is considered a landmark work of American theatre and he a masterful storyteller.

Round House Theatre & Olney Theatre Center Begin 2023-2024 Seasons With INK by A.A. Cristi - Jul 25, 2023

Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center continue their longstanding partnership and kick off the 2023-2024 Season with a co-production of Ink, written by James Graham. This Tony Award-winning Broadway and West End hit is an electrifying new drama, directed by Jason Loewith. Please see below for complete program details and ticket information.

Atlantic Theater Company to Present MIXFEST (WRIT)UAL MIX: TRADITIONS OF THE DIASPORA by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 21, 2023

oin Atlantic Theater Company's The Judith Champion MixFest as they showcase the best of traditional diaspora music. Immerse yourself in a vibrant celebration of cultural heritage and experience a melodic journey through the rich traditions of the diaspora. Don't miss this unifying event that brings together diverse musical talents on one stage.

TRAIN STORIES Comes to The Marsh Berkeley  in September by Stephi Wild - Jul 21, 2023

The Marsh Berkeley presents Wayne Harris’ Train Stories, a chronicle of extreme challenges told by three men – played by Wayne Harris, Kirk Waller, and Tony Cyprien, all East Bay locals – who ply their trade on the railroad during the 1948 post-war pre-civil rights period in America. 

Interview: Sara Jean Ford of North Carolina Theatre's MARY POPPINS by Jeffrey Kare - Jul 20, 2023

From July 25th-30th, North Carolina Theatre will be presenting MARY POPPINS at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, which is located inside the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts. I had the great pleasure of interviewing actress Sara Jean Ford, who will be taking on the role of Winifred Banks. Some of her previous Broadway credits include THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, FINIAN’S RAINBOW, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, and CATS.

Kiesha Lalama Named Managing And Artistic Director Of Pittsburgh Playhouse At Point Park University by A.A. Cristi - Jul 19, 2023

​​​​​​​Point Park University Professor of dance Kiesha Lalama, M.F.A., has been appointed Managing and Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play FENCES by August Wilson is Coming to Shakespeare & Company by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 17, 2023

Experience the emotional depth and powerful storytelling of August Wilson's Fences at Shakespeare & Company. Follow the struggles of Troy Maxson as he navigates dreams, regrets, and a longing for a different life. Don't miss this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, part of Wilson's acclaimed American Century Cycle. Get your tickets now!

David Cale, Les Waters, Ryan J. Haddad & More to Take Part in Berkeley Rep's 2023 Ground Floor Program by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 14, 2023

Get a glimpse into the future of theater as Berkeley Rep announces the talented participants joining The Ground Floor program for 2023. From emerging artists to rising stars, explore the innovative works and fresh voices shaping the industry.

The Magic Theatre and Campo Santo to Present World Premiere of JOSEPHINE'S FEAST Next Month by Blair Ingenthron - Jul 13, 2023

The Magic Theatre will premiere the first live production by Playwright In Residence Star Finch and announce the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of her new play JOSEPHINE’S FEAST. This profound and potent new play is directed by legendary theatre artist Ellen Sebastian Chang.  JOSEPHINE’S FEAST will perform from August 02– August 20, 2023 at the Magic Theatre’s Fort Mason location

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Starring Leslie Odom, Jr. Sets September Opening Night Date on Broadway by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 11, 2023

The first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by legendary Ossie Davis will officially open in September. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Katerina McCrimmon to Star as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL North American Tour by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 11, 2023

The principal cast been revealed for the North American Tour of FUNNY GIRL. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Bilingual The Great Gatsby Adaptation LA LUZ VERDE to Tour Rhode Island This Summer by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 6, 2023

Rhode Island Latino Arts, in association with Trinity Repertory Company, will present La Luz Verde, the latest production by its bilingual community theater program Teatro en El Verano (Theater in the Summer).

White Heron Theatre Company Opens BLITHE SPIRIT July 10 by A.A. Cristi - Jul 5, 2023

White Heron Theatre Company of Nantucket will open it's first production of the 2023 summer season, Blithe Spirit, by Noël Coward (Present Laughter, Private Lives) and directed by Skip Greer. Greer returns to Nantucket after directing 2017's Outside Mullingar for White Heron.

27 Theater Books for Your Summer 2023 Reading List by Nicole Rosky - Jul 16, 2023

From theatre biographies to theatre fiction; theatre books for kids to theatre history; check out our collection of 27 new Broadway books for every theatre lover's Summer reading list.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Reveals 16th Season at the Edge of Shelby Farms Park and Throughout Shelby County by Stephi Wild - Jun 16, 2023

 Tennessee Shakespeare Company today announced its expanded 16th performance season in Memphis featuring William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Hamlet, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver in the Southern Literary Salon.

Video: Nevin Steinberg Celebrates Tony Win for 'Best Sound Design of a Musical' by Richard Ridge - Jun 13, 2023

On Sunday night at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, Nevin Steinberg took home a Tony Award for 'Best Sound Design of a Musical' for his outstanding work on Sweeney Todd (currently running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre). After leaving the stage at the United Palace, Nevin checked in with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge to share his initial reaction!

Stage Managers' Association Reveals Honorees For the Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management by Stephi Wild - Jun 13, 2023

The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) has announced its annual Del Hughes Awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management.  The distinguished 2023 honorees are theatrical production stage managers John M. Atherlay and Gwen Gilliam, and opera production stage manager Brett Finley. 

Michael James Scott to Host Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth Concert Featuring THE WIZ Sneak Peek & More by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2023

The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway Initiative has named Michael James Scott as host of this year’s Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth concert on Sunday, June 18th from 11:00am – 12:30pm (rain or shine).

Who Will Win at the 2023 Tony Awards? by Team BWW - Jun 9, 2023

Which Best Musical and Best Play nominees will take home the ultimate prize at the 2023 Tony Awards? We're breaking it down.

Video: Fences Unveils Video For Latest Single 'No One' Off Upcoming LP 'Bright Soil' by Michael Major - Jun 5, 2023

Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Christopher Mansfield, who records under the Fences moniker, has unveiled the music video for 'No One' the latest single off his upcoming album 'Bright Soil' due out this fall on Enci Records. The track evokes a sense of movement and urgency as Manfield revisits his former self.

LisaGay Hamilton, Roslyn Ruff & More to Star in STEW at Pasadena Playhouse by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2023

The Los Angeles premiere of Stew by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Zora Howard will be presented at Pasadena Playhouse, the recipient of the 2023 Regional Tony Award.

KING JAMES, LOVE LETTERS & More Lead Top Off-Broadway Shows for June 2023 by Team BWW - Jun 1, 2023

What's happening off-Broadway? BroadwayWorld is helping you pick what to see next by rounding up our top recommended theatre each month. Coming up off-Broadway this June is a New York premiere, an immersive production, and much more!

Video: Stephen McKinley Henderson Reflects on His Decade-Long Journey with BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Richard Ridge - Jun 1, 2023

In this video, watch as Tony nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson chats more about the Between Riverside and Crazy's long journey to Broadway, why the theatre community is so important to him, and so much more.

Trinity Rep Announces Lineup For 60th Anniversary Season by A.A. Cristi - May 25, 2023

Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island’s Tony Award-winning theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Curt Columbus and Executive Director Kate Liberman, announces its milestone 60th Anniversary Season.

Joanna Gleason to Direct Phylicia Rashad in MASTER CLASS at Theatre Aspen by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 24, 2023

Theatre Aspen and the Aspen Music Festival and School announced the complete casting for the special presentation of Master Class. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Bay Area Recording Artist Jay Kayze Reflects On The Complexities Of A Bi-Racial Upbringing In “You Heard” by A.A. Cristi - May 23, 2023

Here to deliver the second single off of his debut EP 'Before I Go', Bay area artist Jay Kayze dives deep with a song inspired by identity and the effects it has had on him growing up. Being biracial, Kayze's experience with identity is complex and in his new single 'You Heard', he relinquishes the pressure of correcting the narrative that others create.

Garth Brooks Announces 2024 Dates for New Las Vegas Residency by Michael Major - May 18, 2023

Garth Brooks/Plus ONE will give fans the opportunity to see Garth up close and personal on The Colosseum stage. No two shows will be the same, with varying band members and the occasional special guest, fans are promised a once in a lifetime performance each and every night. Whether it be one fiddle player, percussion and background vocals.


Fences has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 1987 and Broadway which opened in 2010.
Fences has been nominated for two Tony Awards. It was nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play for Lloyd Richards.
Fences has won several Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play for Lloyd Richards.
Fences has been nominated for several prestigious awards. These include Best Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, the Distinguished Performance Award for James Earl Jones at the Drama League Awards, Best Broadway Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the John Gassner Playwriting Award for August Wilson at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, Scenic Design for James D. Sandefur at The Hewes Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August Wilson, and Performance for Courtney B. Vance at the Theatre World Awards.
Fences has won several awards, including the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. James Earl Jones received the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Awards for his role in the play. Fences also won the Best Broadway Play award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and August Wilson received the John Gassner Playwriting Award from the same organization. James D. Sandefur won the Scenic Design award from The Hewes Awards for his work on Fences. Additionally, August Wilson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play. Courtney B. Vance received the Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for his role in Fences.



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