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FENCES Breaks House Record for Seventh Time in Final Week of Performances






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 seventh time in its final week of performances at the Cort Theatre for the week ending July 11, 2010, grossing $1,175,625.94.

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 played a strictly limited engagement at the Cort Theatre through Sunday, July 11. The production was directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon.

FENCES 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 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 featured 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 was produced on Broadway 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.

The production team included 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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