Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Oh Lord! Denzel is coming to Broadway...with VIOLA DAVIS!

Kenny Leon is set to direct two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Viola Davis in August Wilson's perfect play, Fences. Previews begin April 17 at the Cort Theater. Opening night is April 30.

Davis gave us the most searing 12 minutes on screen ever in Doubt (Adriane Lenox played the same role on stage and won a Tony for it). I've also seen her in at least one scene in several movies starring George Clooney. I absolutely loved her in Tyler Perry's Medea Goes to Jail (Look. No matter what you think of him or Medea, TP keeps lots of folks of color working on stage and screen).

She won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play in August Wilson's King Hedley II. If you are an actress looking for the "monologue of life" to perform at your next audition, you'll find it in King Hedley. Read the play. You'll know when you come across it. And understand why this sister won the Tony.

Stay tuned for more details about Fences. Make sure you go see FELA! while you're waitin' on Denzel to bring his A game to Broadway.

One more thing...Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny's Child, returns to Broadway in the long running hit musical Chicago. She'll be playing the role of Roxie Hart beginning Feb. 15, 2010. Check her out at the Ambassador Theater