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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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FENCES’ Davis, Leon & Henderson on “Theater Talk” This Weekend

WATCH FENCES’

VIOLA DAVIS, KENNY LEON

& STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON

ON “THEATER TALK”

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis, director Kenny Leon and Stephen McKinley Henderson, all Tony-nominated for their work on FENCES, will appear this weekend on “Theater Talk.”Theater Talk” airs on Channel Thirteen on Saturday, May 22 at 12:30 AM and on CUNY TV Saturday, May 22 at 8:30 PM; Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 PM and Monday, May 24 at 7:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 7:30 PM.

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FENCES director Kenny Leon featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO “TALK OF THE NATION”

May 20, 2010

August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ Revival Earns Praise

“Talk of the Nation” host Neal Conan talks to Tony-nominated Fences director Kenny Leon.

To listen to the piece, click here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127015750

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Meet The Nominees – FENCES – BEST REVIVAL of a PLAY

PRODUCTION NAME: Fences

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

TONY AWARDS

* Best Revival of a Play – August Wilson, Playwright

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre – Branford Marsalis, Music

* Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play – Denzel Washington

* Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play – Viola Davis

Best 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

FENCES won OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE awards for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis).

FENCES won DRAMA DESK AWARDS for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Viola Davis) and Outstanding Music in a Play.


LINKS:

Production Website: www.fencesonbroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/fencesonbroadway

Twitter Page: http://twitter.com/fencesbroadway

Youtube Page: http://www.youtube.com/FencesBroadway

BLURB ABOUT SHOW:

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. Directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon.

FENCES Montage


Watch Denzel Washington & Viola Davis on ABC News. CLICK HERE

NPR MORNING EDITION: \’Fences\’: Where Washington And Wilson Finally Meet


“The clash is potent in the SIZZLING NEW REVIVAL of August Wilson’s ever-popular FENCES. DENZEL WASHINGTON GIVES HIS FINEST STAGE PERFORMANCE TO DATE.  VIOLA DAVIS is UTTERLY BRILLIANT – she is RIVETING as Washington’s IDEAL MARITAL MATCH. Under KENNY LEON’s astute direction, the skilled Washington and Davis RAISE THE TEMPERATURE in this simmering household.”Washington Post, Peter Marks

“A MASTERPIECE.  DYNAMITE!  A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT. When you walk out of the theater, you’ll be so wrapped up in August Wilson’s world that a long time will go by before you find your way back into your own.  VIOLA DAVIS is SOMETHING ELSE. Her performance goes straight into the scrapbook of stage performances from which you learn how BRUTALLY TRUE TO LIFE GREAT ACTING CAN BE.” – Wall Street Journal, Terry Teachout

“GENUINELY GLORIOUS.  VIBRANTLY ACTED. DENZEL WASHINGTON and VIOLA DAVIS generate shiver-making heart and pathos, with scenes as vivid and heartfelt as any on Broadway now.  Under KENNY LEON’s EXPERTLY FLUID DIRECTION, Washington’s Troy morphs into an ARRESTING figure as he redefines Troy on his own terms.  VIOLA DAVIS is MAGNIFICENT – she has EXTRAORDINARY POWER, and may well pick up a Tony for her work here.” The New York Times, Ben Brantley

A DRAMATIC HOME RUN! FENCES TAKES THE AUDIENCE FOR A RIDE and keeps you on the EDGE OF YOUR SEAT.  It’s DEEPLY AFFECTING THEATER, gorgeously acted by an incredible cast. The cast is dedicated and honest – the BEST POSSIBLE TRIBUTE TO A PLAY ABOUT A FAMILY.” – New York Post, Elizabeth Vincentelli

“GORGEOUS. THRILLING. UNMISSABLE.  DENZEL WASHINGTON and VIOLA DAVIS are MESMERIZING. You just do not see performances like this on Broadway.  THE FINEST REVIVAL YET OF AN AUGUST WILSON PLAY.” – The New Yorker, John Lahr

“UNMISTAKABLY POWERFUL.  A BLISTERING PRODUCTION, directed with a sure, steady hand by KENNY LEON.  DENZEL WASHINGTON gives a big, bold performance in a big, bold play, rife with emotion.  VIOLA DAVIS is DEVASTATINGLY TRUTHFUL.  She gives an INCANDESCENT performance.”Associated Press, Michael Kuchwara

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Viola Davis (Rose), Denzel Washington (Troy Maxson)]

www.fencesonbroadway.com

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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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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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True Colors’ 4th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition Finals on May 3

Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

Presents

4th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition

National Finals on Monday, May 3

April 3, 2010 (New York, NY) – Broadway director Kenny Leon and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company are proud to present the 4th Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition National Finals, Monday, May 3, 2010 at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway. The competition will feature 12 competitors from the regional finals in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Chicago and New York performing monologues from August Wilson’s Century Cycle. The evening will also include a musical performance from Blues musician Guy Davis (Finian’s Rainbow) and a performance of the montage “August Wilson Always Did Believe in Love” performed by members of the cast from the Broadway revival of Fences, Chris Chalk and Russell Hornsby and special guest Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The collage was assembled by Todd Kreidler, Associate Artistic Director for True Colors and Wilson’s Dramaturg, and gives us a taste of characters from all ten plays in the Cycle as they riff, muse and wonder at love. This competition is being presented by Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in collaboration with Jujamcyn Theatres.

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