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Tony-Winning FENCES Breaks House Record for Fifth Time








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.


Starring two-time Academy Award winner and 2010 Tony Award winner Denzel Washington and Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Viola Davis, FENCES is now in its final two weeks of performances at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), through July 11 only. The production is directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon.

FENCES has won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play Revival, as well as Tony Awards for Best Actor Denzel Washington and Best Actress Viola Davis.  Drama Desk Awards were presented to Viola Davis and Branford Marsalis (for his score), and Outer Critics Circle Awards went to Denzel Washington for Best Actor and Viola Davis for Best Actress. Ms. Davis has won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Sustained Excellence, director Kenny Leon has received a Drama League Award for Excellence in Directing and Chris Chalk won a 2010 Theatre World Award for his performance.


In addition to Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson and Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, the cast features Chris Chalk as Cory, Tony Award-nominee Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono, Russell Hornsby as Lyons, Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel, and with Eden Duncan-Smith and SaCha Stewart-Coleman alternating in the role of Raynell.

FENCES is produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays (who produced the original Broadway production) and Scott Rudin

The original Broadway production of FENCES opened on March 26, 1987 at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre). FENCES was one of the most critically acclaimed and successful plays of the 1980s, winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, three Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.  


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. 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.


The production team includes Branford Marsalis (Original Music), Santo Loquasto (Set Design), Constanza Romero (Costume Design), Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design), ACME Sound Partners (Sound Design).

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