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REPOST: All The Way: Bryan Cranston to make Broadway debut

November 25, 2013

The Breaking Bad actor, Bryan Cranston is set to hit the stage as Lyndon B. Johnson of “All the Way.” Read more about this much-awaited debut from this NewYorkTheatreGuide.com article:

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Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston will make his Broadway debut starring as ‘Lyndon B. Johnson’ in the American Repertory theater’s Broadway transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, directed by Bill Rauch, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre on 06 Mar 2014, following previews from 10 Feb 2014.

Joining Cranston will be Michael McKean as ‘J. Edgar Hoover’ and Brandon J. Dirden as ‘Martin Luther King, Jr.’ All three actors originated their roles at the American Repertory Theatre, where the show ran from 13 Sep to 12 Oct 2013.

Bryan Cranston has won four Prime Time Emmy Awards for his role as “Walter White,” in the TV series “Breaking Bad.” Michael McKean stars as “Keith Chadwick” in the TV series “Family Tree,” he last appeared on Broadway in ‘Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.’ Brandon J. Dirden won a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for his role as ‘Boy Willie’ in ‘The Piano Lesson,’ he last appeared on Broadway in ‘Clybourne Park.’

Cranston, McKean and Dirden will be joined by an ensemble cast, still to be announced, playing additional roles such as ‘Hubert Humphrey,’ ‘Richard Russell,’ ‘Robert McNamara,’ ‘Coretta Scott King,’ ‘Lady Bird Johnson,’ ‘Bob Moses,’ ‘Roy Wilkins,’ ‘Lurleen Wallace,’ ‘Stokely Carmichael,’ ‘Walter Jenkins,’ ‘Stanley Levison,’ ‘George Wallace,’ ‘Ralph Abernathy’ and ‘Judge Smith.’

All The Way: It is 1963, and an assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America.

The creative team features set design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting design by Jane Cox, composition and sound design by Paul James Prendergast, video projections by Shawn Sagady and the projection design consultant is Wendall K. Harrington.

All The Way will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Louise Gund, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Luigi Caiola, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Will Trice.

All The Way was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012. It then went on to play a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the A.R.T. from September 13-October 12, 2013 starringCranston. The play was awarded the 2013 inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established through Columbia University in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new plays or musicals exploring US history and issues of the day.

All The Way will be the third American Repertory Theatre production to transfer to Broadway. They have already successfully transferred ‘Pippin’ and ‘ The Glass Menagerie’ – with both productions currently playing on Broadway.

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