Bryan Cranston Will Portray LBJ In Broadway Play

    October 7, 2013
    Tobias Roth
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After the end of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has already taken on a new role. He will play former president Lyndon Johnson in a Broadway play called All The Way. For those of you going through withdrawals without Breaking Bad on Sunday nights, you will be able to catch him on Broadway soon enough, which will debut this winter.

The premiere date is unknown, but it will mark the Broadway debut for the veteran television actor. Cranston gained a lot of fans and recognition for his role as Walter White and although fans are sad to see it go, they can rejoice in the fact that he has a new role to impress audiences with.

All The Way is written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, and it tells the story of LBJ through his first year in office after taking over the presidency, following the death of JFK in 1963. It goes on to tell the story of how he get elected and beat out Barry Goldwater in the following year, according to CBS News. It also discusses his advancements in the field of civil rights and the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

This role will be quite the contrast for Cranston who just finished a five-year-run of playing one of the biggest drug kingpins in the country. AMC’s Breaking Bad recently finished it’s fifth season and was shown to a record number of people, totaling 10.3 million. Cranston has been appearing in the play at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The production has been performing to a sold out crowd and is set to close out the run on Sunday.

All The Way, which has a runtime of about 3 hours, The Los Angeles Times mentions that it has received mixed reviews so far. The news of Cranston’s casting was released from producer Jeffrey Richards over social media on Sunday. Cranston has been in theater performances before, starting back in 1987 with The Steven Weed Show, and appearing in a 2006 production of Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell.

Well, it did. It looks like congratulations are in order for All The Way.

Bryan Cranston is also getting ready to play Lex Luthor in the next Superman film.

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  • Hmm

    I wonder if they will address Kennedy getting killed. LBJ had a lot to do with that. It sure as heck wasn’t Oswald.

    It is very funny. On that day in Dallas, the President got killed and the police were running around like madmen trying to figure out what was going on. Officer Tippet also got murdered. An hour passes — just an hour. Yet, a movie theater operator, who had no idea who Oswald even was, calls 911 about a man who didn’t pay the 25 cent ticket for a movie and 9 police cars respond to the call.

    As a police dispatcher, you got the president murdered out there, you got a police officer shot dead on the street. But you are going to dispatch 20 cops and 9 squad cars to a movie theater?

    Oswald didn’t have a thing to do with it. What happened in 1963 was a coup. It completely changed the course of the country. More than likely Kennedy would have served 2 terms and so would his brother. America may not want to face the truth — but yes, we had a coup in our nation. It wasn’t done by votes but by murder.

  • Ron Thibodeau

    They don’t address JFK much at all (I’ve seen the play twice). The play depicts the year AFTER JFK’s assassination, when LBJ takes office, and follows him through to his election the following year. The main plot of the play is a look at how LBJ got (or in some cases, tried to get) civil rights legislation passed, as well as the backdoor politics that went on to get it done. The entire cast was amazing.