Denzel Washington to return to Broadway in 'Fences'
The current Broadway season is starting to look like an Academy Awards telecast.
The latest star to lend a marquee name to the Great White Way is Denzel Washington, who will perform in a revival of August Wilson's drama "Fences," which is scheduled to open in April. The news was reported earlier today in the New York Post.
Washington will play the role of Troy Maxson that was originated by James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1987. "Fences" went on to win the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play is part of Wilson's epic cycle focusing on African American life in the 20th century.
"Fences" is set for a limited run through July.
Among the producers for the revival are Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin. Various reports today said that Kenny Leon is in talks to direct and that Suzan-Lori Parks was once mentioned as a director. No other details have been released about the cast or creative team of "Fences."
Washington, who has won two Oscars, was last seen on Broadway in 2005 in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."
The actor joins a celebrity-packed Broadway season that also includes Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Abigail Breslin and Jude Law.
-- David Ng
Photo: Denzel Washington. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times