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.
Bryan Cranston is now playing LBJ on Broadway... and no I don't mean LeBron James. The original LBJ, you know the former president.
— Steve Rogers (@sepr007) October 8, 2013
Bryan Cranston is playing LBJ on Broadway!?!?!? Oh my...
— Matt Paris (@MattParisrocks) October 7, 2013
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.
— Matt Cullen (@MattCullenSEM) October 3, 2013
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.
Bryan Cranston is even better as LBJ than he was as Walter White. I suspect "All the Way" will go all the way to Broadway.
— Carl Howe (@cdhowe) October 6, 2013
Well, it did. It looks like congratulations are in order for All The Way.
All The Way director Bill Rauch confirms the LBJ play starring @BryanCranston is going to Broadway this season.No theater/date yet
— Jonathan Mandell (@NewYorkTheater) October 6, 2013
Bryan Cranston is also getting ready to play Lex Luthor in the next Superman film.
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