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Revival of August Wilson’s Fences Nominated for 10 Tonys

Seattle’s Constanza Romero gets a nod for costume design.

By Laura Dannen May 4, 2010

Constanza Romero and her daughter, Azula Carmen Wilson, attend the opening of August Wilson’s Radio Golf on Broadway in 2007.

Just heard that the Broadway revival of Fences, August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning drama running through July 11 in NYC, received 10 Tony nominations, including best revival of a play and best costume design by Wilson’s widow, Seattle’s Constanza Romero.

When I talked to Romero back in February, she was in the middle of designing costumes for both the Broadway show (starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis) and the Seattle Rep’s staging—a riveting, high-energy production that just closed on April 18. (Read the full review here.)

“I designed this show a long, long, long time ago when I was just getting out of grad school,” she said over coffee. "It just seems like nothing I did then is helping me now!” Doesn’t seem like she needed any help. Congratulations to Romero, and to her fellow nominees…

Best Original Score—Music Branford Marsalis
Leading Actor in a Play Denzel Washington
Leading Actress in a Play Viola Davis
Featured Actor in a Play Stephen McKinley Henderson
Best Direction of a Play Kenny Leon
Best Scenic Design of a Play Santo Loquasto
Best Lighting Design of a Play Brian MacDevitt
Best Sound Design of a Play Acme Sound Partners
Best Revival of a Play

UPDATED: Other locals getting a nod:
West Seattle native Chad Kimball for best leading actor in a musical, Memphis.
Levi Kreis for best featured actor in a musical, Million Dollar Quartet (which got its start at Village Theatre, and is also nominated for best musical).

For the complete list of Tony nominees, go to tonyawards.com. The ceremony, celebrating the best on Broadway, airs on Sunday, June 13, at 5pmPT.

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