A.R.T.'s ALL THE WAY, Starring Bryan Cranston, Closes in Cambridge; Looks to Broadway!
A.R.T. at Harvard University's sold-out production of All the Way, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch, stars Bryan Cranston (AMC's "Breaking Bad") as Lyndon Baines Johnson. The show ends its run today, October 12 in Cambridge. Next, it will open on Broadway, with star Cranston moving with the show this winter. No official dates have been set, so stay tuned for updates.
It's 1963. An assassin's bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America. In the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's vivid dramatization of LBJ's first year in office, means versus ends plays out on the precipice of modern America. This exploration of the morality of power premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012.
Also in the cast are Brandon J. Dirden (The Piano Lesson off-Broadway, Enron on Broadway) in the role of Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael McKean(Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap) as J. Edgar Hoover, and Reed Birney (Picnic on Broadway, "Gossip Girl", "House of Cards") as Hubert Humphrey.
The ensemble cast also includes Dakin Matthews (Gore Vidal's The Best Man and Henry IV on Broadway; Lincoln) as Richard Russell; Arnie Burton (Peter and The Starcatcher and The 39 Steps on Broadway) as Robert McNamara;Crystal Dickinson(Clybourne Park on Broadway) as Coretta Scott King; Betsy Aidem (Nikolai and the Others Off-Broadway; "The Americans") as Lady Bird Johnson; Eric Lenox Abrams (The Piano Lesson Off-Broadway; "Boardwalk Empire") as Bob Moses; Peter Jay Fernandez (Cyrano de Bergerac and Macbeth on Broadway; "House of Cards," "The Good Wife") as Roy Wilkins; Susannah Schulman (National tour of Picasso at the Lapin Agile) as Lurleen Wallace; William Jackson Harper (Titus Andronicus, and The Total Bent Off-Broadway, "The Electric Company") as Stokely Carmichael; Christopher Liam Moore (All The Way at OSF, "10 Items or Less") as Walter Jenkins; Ethan Phillips (November and My Favorite Year on Broadway; The Island, Green Card) as Stanley Levison; Dan Butler ("Frasier," "Roseanne,") as George Wallace; J. Bernard Calloway (Man on a Ledge, "Person of Interest") as Ralph Abernathy; and Richard Poe (Present Laughter and Nice Work If you Can Get it on Broadway) as Judge Smith.
Set design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting design by Jane Cox, original music and sound design by Paul James Pendergast, and video projections by Shawn Sagady. Thedramaturg is Tom Bryant.
For more about the production, visit americanrepertorytheater.org.