Why Am I Only Now Finding Out About Bryan Cranston Performing as President LBJ On Broadway?
Source – The producers of “All the Way,” Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s tumultuous first year as president, are banking on the star power provided by Bryan Cranston in the lead role, announcing a Broadway opening date in a theater usually occupied by big-budget musicals.
“All the Way” will begin previews Feb. 10 for a March 6 opening at the 1,400-seat Neil Simon Theater. The musical “Big Fish” closes there on Dec. 29; earlier tenants include “Hairspray,” “Catch Me If You Can” and the recent revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
After a start at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the play — with Mr. Cranston, the Emmy-winning “Breaking Bad” star, joining the cast — ran at the American Repertory Theater in September. Bill Rauch, who directed the Oregon and A.R.T. stagings, will direct the Broadway production as well.
In announcing details of the opening on Tuesday, the producers also confirmed that Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden would continue with the production on Broadway as J. Edgar Hoover and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, respectively.
This is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. It’s wonderful because Bryan Cranston is going to tear the house down as LBJ. His show at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge sold like hot cakes and his performance must’ve been outstanding or they wouldn’t have ordered Broadway shows. It’s heartbreaking because there is zero chance I get to see him. I jumped the gun for 2014. I’ve been spending money like some kind of animal. SXSW Film Festival in March. Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in April. Italy in May. I need to find some way of working this Broadway play into my schedule. If I miss Bryan Cranston as LBJ live I’ll never forgive myself.
If you’re as interested as I am, check out the official website for tickets here