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'Fences,' 'La Cage' top revivals with Tony Awards

June 13, 2010 |  7:58 pm

The first rialto revival of "Fences," the 1987 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner by August Wilson, won with the Tony Awards voters again this year. "Fences" also took the top acting prizes for Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

All of our pundits predicted this smash revival would win this award. While "Fences" won three Tonys tonight, it was defeated in seven other categories. The original production took home four Tony Awards -- best play, lead actor (James Earl Jones), featured actress (Mary Alice) and director (Lloyd Richards).

The second rialto remounting of the 1984 Tony-winning of "La Cage aux Folles" won the musical revival Tony Award just as the first restaging had in 2005. As with the play prize, our pundits all thought this West End transfer would win over the Tony Awards voters. This production, along with "Fela," led with 11 nominations at this year's kudos. However, these bids translated into just two other wins besides best musical revival -- director (Terry Johnson) and lead actor (Douglas Hodge).