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Better than Bryan Cranston? Star of South Coast Rep's 'All the Way' delivers a most convincing LBJ

Better than Bryan Cranston? Star of South Coast Rep's 'All the Way' delivers a most convincing LBJ

There should be a special award for when one actor wins the Tony, but then another actor still finds a way to kill the role — to act the heck out of it and to make it new. I'd nominate Hugo Armstrong, who stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's Tony-winning "All the Way" at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

Bryan Cranston played LBJ on Broadway, won the Tony and is nominated for an Emmy in the HBO movie adaptation. For rapturous critics and enthusiastic audiences, Cranston was LBJ.

Not so fast, retorts Armstrong, walking around in his cowboy boots in director Marc Masterson's ambitious, if not entirely successful, "All the Way"...

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