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Watch FENCES star Viola Davis on “The Early Show” & “Morning Joe”

WATCH FENCES STAR

VIOLA DAVIS

ON

CBS’ “THE EARLY SHOW” – CLICK HERE 
& MSNBC’S “MORNING JOE” – CLICK HERE 

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Watch FENCES Star Viola Davis on NY1 “OnStage”

WATCH FENCES STAR

VIOLA DAVIS
ON
NY1 “ON STAGE”

TO WATCH, CLICK HERE 

Academy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Viola Davis, nominated for a Tony Award this season for her performance opposite two-time Academy Award-winner and Tony nominee Denzel Washington in August Wilson’s FENCES, was featured last weekend on NY1’s “On Stage.” To watch to the interview, CLICK HERE 

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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’ 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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OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS WINNERS

   2009 – 2010

 

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

The Outer Critics Circle Award Winners were announced today.

 

The awards ceremony will take place on May 27, 2010.


FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).  
 
LEND ME A TENOR won the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Award (Jan Maxwell).
 
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC won Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
  
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis).

NEXT FALL playwright Geoffrey Nauffts has won the John Gassner Award.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE won Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Wilson).  
 
RED won Outstanding Broadway Play.
 
WISHFUL DRINKING has won Outstanding Solo Performance (Carrie Fisher).

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, CLICK HERE 

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FENCES star Viola Davis featured on WNYC’s “The Leonard Lopate Show”

LISTEN TO FENCES STAR

VIOLA DAVIS

ON

WNYC’S “THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW”

TO LISTEN, CLICK HERE.

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Meet The Nominees – VIOLA DAVIS, FENCES – BEST LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY

VIOLA DAVIS

NOMINATIONS/WINS:

* TONY Awards – Nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Drama Desk – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Outer Critics Circle – Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Drama League Awards – Nomination for Distinguished Performance Award

This is Ms. Davis’ second TONY Award Nomination. She has been the winner of the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in King Hedley II; 2004 Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel; 1996 Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in Seven Guitars.

LINKS:

Production Website: www.FencesOnBroadway.com

Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/FencesBroadway

Twitter Page: www.Twitter.com/FencesBroadway

Youtube Page: www.Youtube.com/FencesBroadway

Broadway.com: www.broadway.com/Fences

IMDB.com: www.imdb.com/ViolaDavis

Wikipedia.org: www.wikipedia.org/ViolaDavis

BIOGRAPHY:

VIOLA DAVIS (Rose) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in August Wilson’s King Hedley II.  She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for Doubt. Broadway: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Tony, Drama Desk nominations, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World Awards).  Roundabout: Intimate Apparel (Drama Desk, Drama League, Obie, Audelco Awards). Public: Everybody’s Ruby (Obie, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Featured Actress), Pericles, As You Like It.  Off-Broadway: God’s Heart (LCT). Regional: ACT, Sundance Theatre Institute, Trinity Rep, Goodman, Guthrie, Huntington Theatres. Film: Law Abiding Citizen, State of Play, Nights in RodantheDisturbia, The Architect, Get Rich or Die Trying, Out of Sight, Solaris, Traffic and Antwone Fisher Story (Independent Spirit Award nomination). Upcoming films include Eat, Pray, Love; Trust; Knight & Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story.  TV: “The United States of Tara,” “Stone Cold,” “The Andromeda Strain,” “Traveler,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Without a Trace,” “Amy  and Isabelle,” “Life is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” “Century City,” and “City of Angels.”  Viola presently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Julius Tennon.

Clip from FENCES

Watch ‘Viola Davis and Denzel Washington in FENCES on Good Morning America’:CLICK HERE

Read ‘August Calls. Viola Davis, back home with FENCES,’ from NY Magazine: CLICK HERE

“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

PRODUCTION PHOTO:

[Pictured: Viola Davis (Rose Maxson)]

www.FencesOnBroadway.com

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FENCES Featured by the Associated Press

ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 7, 2010

 ‘Fences’ stars look to family to find characters

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA AP Drama Writer
 
NEW YORK—Family is not a bad place to start when searching for ways to portray the lead characters in “Fences,” August Wilson’s most popular and perhaps most personal play.

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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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