Fences Revival 2010

Run Time:
2 hours and 25 minutes, with one intermission
Opened: April 26, 2010
Closing: July 11, 2010

Fences - 2010 - Broadway History , Info & More

Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway, alongside Academy Award nominee and Tony Award® winner Viola Davis, in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. This strictly limited 13-week engagement begins April 14th at the Cort Theatre. Both a monumental drama and an intimate family portrait, Fences tells the story of Troy Maxson, a man torn between the glory of his past and the uncertainty of his future. Emboldened by pride and embittered by sacrifice, Troy is determined to make life better for future generations, even as he struggles to embrace the dreams of his own son.

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Fences

Dramatic home
8 / 10

Denzel Washington is the draw for this revival of August Wilson's 'Fences.' But it's the play itself that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats: This is pure, unabashed melodrama -- the kind where the line 'Got something to tell you' never introduces good news. The 1987 play, which won both the Pulitzer and Tony, may not be Wilson's most sophisticated effort -- brace yourself for multiple baseball analogies -- but it's one of his most emotionally effective. And it feels good to be taken for a ride by such a storyteller, especially when the ride is as delicately staged, as gorgeously acted as it is here.

Cheers for Viola Davis—and August Wilson
8 / 10

The star of a show doesn't always get top billing. Denzel Washington is by far the biggest name associated with the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 'Fences,' but my guess is that it's Viola Davis whose performance is going to stick with you. Not that Mr. Washington is anything less than solid, but Ms. Davis is something else again. I knew she was a remarkable artist—anyone who saw her in the Off-Broadway premiere of Lynn Nottage's 'Intimate Apparel' or the film version of John Patrick Shanley's 'Doubt' knows that—but what she's doing this time around goes straight into my scrapbook of stage performances from which you learn how brutally true to life great acting can be.

FENCES Ends Its Record-Breaking Limited Run This Sunday 7/11
by Gabrielle Sierra - July 9, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, will play its final performance this Sunday, July 11, ending its record-breaking limited run at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC).

FENCES Breaks House Record for Sixth Time
by Gabrielle Sierra - July 6, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, broke the box office record for the sixth time at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC) for the week ending July 4, 2010, grossing $1,164,529.00.

FENCES Breaks House Record for Fifth Time
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 28, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, broke the box office record for the FIFTH time at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC) for the week ending June 27, 2010, grossing $1,138,982.38.

FENCES Breaks Cort Theatre's House Record for Fourth Time
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 21, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, broke the box office record for the FOURTH time at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC) for the week ending June 20, 2010, grossing $1,135,973.50.

Tony-Winning FENCES Breaks House Record for Third Time
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 14, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, which won the Tony Award last night for Best Revival of a Play, broke the box office record for the third time at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC) for the week ending June 13, 2010, grossing $1,057,268.50.

BWW TV: 2010 Tony Winners- Denzel Washington & Viola Davis
by Robert Diamond - June 14, 2010

Broadway Beat was backstage at the 2010 Tony Awards talking to ALL the winners right after they won! Here, host Richard Ridge talks to Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who took home 2010 Tony Awards for Best Leading Actor and Best Leading Actress in a Play, respectively.

Stage Tube: Best Leading Actor in a Play
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 14, 2010

Dame Helen Mirren presented the Tony Award for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. The winner was Denzel Washington for his role in Fences.

Stage Tube: Best Leading Actress in a Play
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 14, 2010

Dame Helen Mirren presented the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. The award was taken home by Viola Davis for her role in Fences.

FENCES' Kenny Leon & Viola Davis Visit 'The Charlie Rose Show'
by Jessica Lewis - June 9, 2010

Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis and director Kenny Leon, both Tony-nominated for their work on FENCES, will be featured on tonight's edition of 'The Charlie Rose Show.' 'The Charlie Rose Show' airs on WNET Channel 13 at 11:00 PM ET (check local listings).

FENCES' Kenny Leon & Viola Davis Visit The Charlie Rose Show Tonight
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 7, 2010

Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis and director Kenny Leon, both Tony-nominated for their work on FENCES, will be featured on tonight's edition of 'The Charlie Rose Show.' 'The Charlie Rose Show' airs on WNET Channel 13 at 11:00 PM ET (check local listings).

FENCES Breaks Box Office Record At Cort Theatre & Recoups
by Gabrielle Sierra - June 7, 2010

The first Broadway revival of August Wilson's 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play FENCES, broke the box office record for the second time at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, NYC) for the week ending June 6, 2010, grossing $1,024,316.50.

FENCES Grosses Over $1 Million for Second Week
by Abigail Arnold - June 1, 2010

The current Broadway production of FENCES, written by August Wilson and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, just reported its second week of over one million dollars in grosses, according to www.deadline.com. FENCES reported grossing $1,002,750 last week. The week of May 9, FENCES grossed $1,008,103.50, grossing more than any previous production at the Cort Theatre, where it is playing.

FENCES Stars Set For Theater Talk 5/27, TONY Predictions 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2010

Theater Talk, the series devoted to the world of the stage, is co-hosted by Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series executive producer Susan Haskins.

FENCES Stars Set For Theater Talk 5/27, TONY Predictions 6/5
by Gabrielle Sierra - May 25, 2010

Theater Talk, the series devoted to the world of the stage, is co-hosted by Michael Riedel, Broadway columnist for the New York Post, and series executive producer Susan Haskins.

BRIDGE & FENCES Share Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play!
by Jessica Lewis - May 23, 2010

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and FENCES share the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Davis Wins Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for FENCES!
by Jessica Lewis - May 23, 2010

Viola Davis is this year's recipient of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Featred Actress in a Play.

FENCES Wins Drama Desk Award for Best Music for a Play!
by Gabrielle Sierra - May 23, 2010

Brandford Marsalis is this year's recipient of the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Best Original Music for a Play.

The Grand Design of FENCES - Part III
by Robert Diamond - May 28, 2010

Today is the final installment of our three-part discussion of August Wilson's FENCES, currently playing to packed houses every night starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington on Broadway and recently having scored ten Tony nominations. In this concluding portion of the tapestry of a talk between the creative team of the production we discuss the legacy of Wilson's work, insights into the greater themes of his plays and the plans for the future - perhaps bringing the play to film. This revival just won 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Revival of A Play, is the Tony next?

The Grand Design of FENCES - Part II
by Robert Diamond - May 26, 2010

Today, we continue out InDepth Discussion of the ten-time Tony-nominated revival of August Wilson's FENCES, starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, with a focus on the creative team's favorite moments and how they define the lead characters of Troy and Rose for themselves. Additionally, they contribute a thorough discussion of the music and sound design, as well as illuminate all of the attributable effort that went into the set and costume design of this masterful production of the play currently playing on Broadway. Plus, BWW has the exclusive stream of the show's soundtrack, available in the player below...

Fences FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Fences has had 2 productions including Broadway which opened in 1987 and Broadway which opened in 2010.
Best Costume Design of a Play for Constanza Romero, Best Costume Design of a Play for Constanza Romero, Best Direction of a Play for Kenny Leon, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Branford Marsalis, Best Revival of a Play for Carole Shorenstein Hays, Best Revival of a Play for Scott RudinBest Scenic Design of a Play for Santo Loquasto and Best Sound Design of a Play for Acme Sound Partners.
Best Costume Design of a Play for Constanza Romero, Best Costume Design of a Play for Constanza Romero, Best Direction of a Play for Kenny Leon, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Branford Marsalis, Best Revival of a Play for Carole Shorenstein Hays, Best Revival of a Play for Scott Rudin, Best Scenic Design of a Play for Santo Loquasto, Best Sound Design of a Play for Acme Sound Partners, .
Fences has been nominated for several awards. These include Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Branford Marsalis, Outstanding Revival of a Play (tie) (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences, Outstanding Revival of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards), and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Chris Chalk.
Fences has won several awards, including the Outstanding Music in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Branford Marsalis, Outstanding Revival of a Play (tie) (Drama Desk Awards) for Fences, Outstanding Revival of a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards), and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Chris Chalk.

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