Bryan Cranston taking LBJ play to Broadway

Bryan Cranston, right, with Reed Birney in the stage play "All the Way" at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.
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Bryan Cranston, who recently completed his run in the AMC drama series “Breaking Bad,” will be taking his current stage role as President Lyndon Johnson to New York. The actor will appear in “All the Way,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Schenkkan, on Broadway later this season, but no opening date has been released.

Producer Jeffrey Richards made the announcement on Sunday. (Schenkkan had broken the news earlier via social media.) Cranston has been appearing in “All the Way” at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., where the sold-out run is set to close on Saturday.

The play depicts the early period of LBJ’s presidency and his relationship with key political figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover and Sen. Richard Russell.

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“All the Way” originated at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it premiered in 2012 with a different cast. Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will direct the Broadway transfer.

The play, which runs close to three hours, received mixed reviews for its A.R.T. run.

The production would mark Cranston’s first time performing on Broadway. The Los Angeles native got his early start on the stage in regional theater in Southern California. In 1987, he received some strong notices for the play “The Steven Weed Show” at Theater/Theater in Hollywood.

Cranston returned to the stage in 2006 in a Geffen Playhouse production of Sam Shepard’s “The God of Hell,” which was directed by Jason Alexander.


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