Viola Davis, Chris Chalk and Denzel Washington

*Below are photos from the first Broadway revival of Fences, the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by August Wilson starring two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington Oscar nominee and Tony winner Viola Davis.

The play officially opens tonight at the Cort Theatre April 26 following previews that began April 14.

Davis plays mother and wife Rose opposite Washington’s character Troy Maxson. Kenny Leon (Broadway’s Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun) directs the production.

The cast also features Chris Chalk as Cory, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono, Russell Hornsby as Lyons, Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel, with Eden Duncan-Smith and SaCha Stewart-Coleman alternating in the role of Raynell.

Branford Marsalis, the Grammy-winning saxophonist, composed music for the Broadway revival. Marsalis recently said, “What a dream come true to be making my ‘Broadway debut’ composing music for this new production of August Wilson’s Fences. I had the great opportunity to sit-in during rehearsals over the weekend and observe Kenny Leon and these brilliant artists bringing this play to life. I look forward to the challenge of creating music that not only complements their performances, but enhances the experience for those sitting in the theater.”

Denzel Washington and Stephen McKinley Henderson