Don't Fence Me Out

PlayBlog   Don't Fence Me Out
The Tony-winning Fences, starring Tony winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, is sprinting to its 7/11 finish line in a torrid blaze of box-office glory.

Last week, for the fourth time during its limited run, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize play broke the box-office record at the Cort Theatre with a gross of $1,135,973.50.

House seats are feeling the heat, too. Prices began at $126.50, jumped after the Tonys to $141.50 and now — what the hell! — are premium-priced at $426.50.

Which means a lot of Johnny-Come-Latelys might have to wait until Washington and Davis do the movie. On Tony night, Washington said that was still the game plan, but an official deal hasn’t been struck yet. “Let me get through with this first,” he said.

The revival came about when producer Scott Rudin approached Williams about doing the Fences film. The screenplay is the only one written by Wilson.

— Harry Haun

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