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Tony Awards 2014: 'All the Way' wins best play

Tony Awards 2014: Robert Schenkkan's "All the Way" starring Bryan Cranston wins best play

"All the Way," a nearly three-hour historical drama about the early months of the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency, took home the Tony Award for new play on Sunday. The play, written by Robert Schenkkan and starring Bryan Cranston, opened in March at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.

The win marks the first Tony for Schenkkan, who is a Pulitzer Prize winner for his stage epic "The Kentucky Cycle."

"All the Way" debuted in 2012 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with a different cast. It was seen last year at the American Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts, where Cranston first played LBJ, before the production transferred to Broadway.

The play follows Johnson starting with the aftermath of the John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963 through his political battles involving passage of the Civil Rights Act.

The other nominees were "Act One" by James Lapine, "Casa Valentina" by Harvey Fierstein, "Mothers and Sons" by Terrence McNally and "Outside Mullingar" by John Patrick Shanley.

TONY AWARDS 2014: Complete list of nominees

Last year's winner was the comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" by Christopher Durang.

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