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FENCES Tony-Nominated Creative Team featured on BroadwayWorld.com

‘THE GRAND DESIGN OF FENCES

ON BROADWAYWORLD.COM

The Tony-Nominated Creative Team Behind

Broadway’s Most Critically Acclaimed Play of the Season


BroadwayWorld.com currently features the Tony-nominated creative team behind the most critically acclaimed play of the season in a three-part story about bringing August Wilson’s FENCES to life on Broadway in its first revival. BroadwayWorld.com spoke to Tony Award nominees Kenny Leon (Director), Branford Marsalis (Original Music), Santo Loquasto (Set Design), Constanza Romero (Costume Design), Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design) and Nevin Steinberg from ACME Sound Partners (Sound Design) about their individual contributions.
 
Click the links below to read the three-part series:
o   Part I – FENCES: First & Foremost <http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=133778>
Collaboration & Beginnings

o   Part II – The Nuts & Bolts of FENCES <http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=134085&preview=on>
The Wonderful World of Wilson; Acting August; Moments of Pure Troy; Rose Up & Sing, and Words & Music

o   Part III – FENCES & Bridges To The Future <http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=134086>
No One Works ‘Til The Writer Writes; You Could Get Tetanus From It; Future On Film?; I Hear Him Talking
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2009-2010 Drama Desk Award Winners

2009-2010

Drama Desk Award Winners

The 55th annual Drama Desk Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatre, were presented last night.

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Santino Fontana).
 
FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) & Outstanding Music in a Play (Branford Marsalis).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).
 
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’s Catherine Zeta-Jones won Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
 
A special award was presented to the cast, creative team and producers of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE as the theatrical event of the season.
 
RAGTIME won Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (ACME Sound Partners).

RED won Outstanding Play (John Logan), Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Grandage) and Outstanding Lighting (Neil Austin).
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S THE ROYAL FAMILY won Outstanding Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell).
 
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS won Outstanding Lyrics (John Kander, Fred Ebb).
 
ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY’S SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM won Outstanding Musical Revue.
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE won Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber).

A special award was presented to Jerry Herman.  
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, CLICK HERE 

  

FENCES Composer Branford Marsalis featured on Playbill.com

PLAYBILL.COM
May 20, 2010 

2010 Fences Tony Nominee Marsalis Considers Writing Broadway Musical


By ANDREW GANS
Branford Marsalis, the three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist-composer, was surprised the morning of May 4 when he learned that he had received a Best Original Score Tony Award nomination for the music he composed for the current, critically acclaimed and Tony-nominated revival of August Wilson’s Fences.
 
“You don’t expect it,” a modest Marsalis told Playbill.com the morning the nominations were announced. “When you decide you want to play jazz and you’re 20 years old living in New York, [you don’t think], ‘You know, one day, guys, I’m gonna get nominated for a Tony.’ It’s not part of the discussion, so it’s quite shocking.”

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2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 64th annual Antoinette Perry Tony Awards, celebrating excellence on Broadway, were announced this morning.

A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Christopher Walken).

COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Linda Lavin).

EVERYDAY RAPTURE has been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical (Sherie Rene Scott) and Best Book of a Musical (Dick Scanlan & Sherie Rene Scott).

FENCES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington), Best Performance by a Leading Actresss in a Play (Viola Davis), Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, (Stephen McKinley Henderson), Best Direction of a Play (Kenny Leon), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Santo Loquasto), Best Costume Design of a Play (Constanza Romero), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design of a Play (Acme Sound Partners), and Best Original Score (Branford Marsalis).

HAMLET has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play (Jude Law) and Best Lighting Design of a Play (Neil Austin)

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Terry Johnson), Best Choreography (Lynne Page), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Kelsey Grammer), Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Robin De Jesus), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Tim Shortall), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Matthew Wright), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Nick Richings), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Jonathan Deans) and Best Orchestrations (Jason Carr).

LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Martin Pakledinaz).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Angela Lansbury) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen).

LOOPED
has been nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
has been nominated for Best Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis) and Best Book of a Musical (Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux).

NEXT FALL
has been nominated for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play (Sheryl Kaller).
 
PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for Best Scenic Design in a Play (Alexander Dodge).

RAGTIME
has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Christiane Noll), Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Bobby Steggert), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Derek McLane), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Santo Loquasto) and Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Donald Holder).
 
RED has been nominated for Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Alfred Molina), Best Featured Actor in a Play (Eddie Redmayne), Best Director of a Play (Michael Grandage), Best Set Design (Christopher Oram), Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Adam Cork).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Jan Maxwell), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Rosemary Harris), Best Scenic Design of a Play, (John Lee Beatty), and Best Costume Design of a Play (Catherine Zuber).
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Barbara Cook) and Best Sound Design of a Musical (Dan Moses Schreier).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (Laura Linney).
 
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Gregory Mosher), Best Actor in a Play (Liev Schreiber), Best Actress in a Play (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Scott Lehrer).
 
Not for profit company nominations:
 
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with eight Tony Award nominations including five for THE ROYAL FAMILY, two for TIME STANDS STILL and one for COLLECTED STORIES.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with five nominations including two for EVERYDAY RAPTURE, two for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM and one for PRESENT LAUGHTER.
 
TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: WWW.TONYAWARDS.COM 

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Branford Marsalis to Compose Original Music for the Broadway Revival of FENCES

BRANFORD MARSALIS

WILL COMPOSE ORIGINAL MUSIC FOR THE BROADWAY REVIVAL OF

AUGUST WILSON’S

FENCES

STARRING

DENZEL WASHINGTON

FEATURING

VIOLA DAVIS

DIRECTED BY

KENNY LEON

PRODUCTION OPENS MONDAY, APRIL 26 AT THE CORT THEATRE;

PREVIEWS BEGIN APRIL 14

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis will compose original music for the first Broadway revival of FENCES, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and featuring Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Viola DavisFENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, will open on Monday, April 26, 2010 at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street). The strictly limited 13-week engagement will begin previews on April 14.

Branford Marsalis said, “What a dream come true to be making my ‘Broadway debut’ composing music for this new production of August Wilson’s FENCES. I had the great opportunity to sit-in during rehearsals over the weekend and observe Kenny Leon and these brilliant artists bringing this play to life. I look forward to the challenge of creating music that not only complements their performances, but enhances the experience for those sitting in the theatre.”

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