More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, is currently in previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 for a strictly limited engagement. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast of ALL THE WAY, plus watch interviews with the company at the press preview below!
All the Way stars Cranston (Lyndon B. Johnson), Eric Lenox Abrams (Bob Moses), Betsy Aidem(Lady Bird Johnson), J. Bernard Calloway(Ralph Abernathy), Rob Campbell (Governor George Wallace), Brandon J. Dirden (Martin Luther King, Jr.), James Eckhouse (Robert McNamara), PeterJay Fernandez (Roy Wilkins), Christopher Gurr (Senator Strom Thurmond), William Jackson Harper (Stokely Carmichael), Michael McKean (J. Edgar Hoover), John McMartin (Senator Richard Russell),Christopher Liam Moore (Walter Jenkins), Robert Petkoff (Senator Hubert Humphrey), Ethan Phillips(Stanley Levison), Richard Poe (Senator Everett Dirksen), Roslyn Ruff (Coretta Scott King),Susannah Schulman (Lurleen Wallace), Bill Timoney (Senator Karl Mundt) and Steve Vinovich (Rep. Emanuel Celler).
All the Way takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill.
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Bryan Cranston won the 2014 Golden Globe and three consecutive Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" for his portrayal of Walter White on AMC's Breaking Bad. Cranston holds the honor of being the first actor in a cable series, and the second lead actor in the history of the Emmy Awards to receive three consecutive wins. His performance has also earned him a fourth Emmy nomination this year, a Television Critics Association award, three Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild award. Cranston will make his Broadway debut this January playing President Lyndon Johnson in All the Way, by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Robert Schenkkan. 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 Senator Richard Russell. Cranston received rave reviews for his performance, which just finished a sold out run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On the big screen, Cranston won a second Screen Actors Guild award this year for his co-starring role in the 2012 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Argo, essaying the role of CIA operative Jack O'Donnell opposite star-director Ben Affleck. He will next star in Legendary Pictures remake of Godzilla opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, which will be released by Warner Bros. on May 16, 2014. He will also voice a character in DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda 3. He will then begin production on Jay Roach's Trumbo playing the title role of Dalton Trumbo, who was one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters whose career came to an end when he was blacklisted in the 1940's for being a communist.
ERIC LENOX ABRAMS
Eric Lenox Abrams Broadway Debut. Off-Broadway: The Piano Lesson, Signature Theatre; Hoodoo Love, Cherry Lane; Regional: All The Way, A.R.T.; Polk County, McCarter & Berkeley Repertory; The Dinosaur Within, Austin State Theatre; Comedy of Errors, Loves Labor Lost, Penn. Shakes; Man Of La Mancha, U.S.F.; Mahalia, Vineyard Playhouse. Film/Television: Noise, Honeydripper, To Place In All Races, N.Y.C. Underground,. "Unforgettable," All versions of "Law & Order" "Boardwalk Empire," "White Collar," "Fringe," "One Life to Live".
Lady Bird Johnson
Betsy Aidem Broadway debut. Nikolai and the Others and Road, (Lincoln Center), Celebration (Atlantic) The Metal Children and Mary Rose (Vineyard), Original productions: Steel Magnolias, A Lie of the Mind, Balm and Gilead. Sugar Syndrome, Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown) Film and TV: Margaret, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me. 2007 Obie for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
J. BERNARD CALLOWAY
J. Bernard Calloway created the role of Delray in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, MEMPHIS. Off-Broadway: originated the role of Henry in the Pulitzer-Prize nominated, "The Good Negro"at the The Public Theater. Regional: First regional production of THE MOUNTAINTOP, OTHELLO, JITNEY, PIANO LESSON, among others. Film; "The Taking of Pelham 123","Man on a Ledge", "Big Words", "The Girl is in Trouble", and "Anesthesia" ( In theaters 2014). TV; "Rescue Me", "White Collar", "Person of Interest".
Governor George Wallace
Rob Campbell has premiered roles in London, on and off Broadway and elsewhere for: Brian Friel (Translations - original Broadway company w/Brian Dennehy), David Hare (Ivanov - original Broadway cast w/ Kevin Kline), Caryl Churchill (Mad Forest), Suzan-Lori Parks (In The Blood), Tony Kushner (The Illusion), Craig Lucas (Small Tragedy, Singing Forest), Steve Martin (Wasp), Bathsheba Doran (Living Room In Africa), Jez Butterworth (Mojo), Theresa Rebeck (Our House), Martin Crimp (The Treatment), David Greenspan (Orphan of Zhao), Robert Farquhar (Bad Jazz), Emily Mann (Cherry Orchard), Charles Mee (Snow In June), and Christopher Walken (Him). Titus Andronicus, King Lear, As You Like It, Measure For Measure (all at the Public), A Winter's Tale, Midsummer's Night Dream, Hamlet (title role). Obie, BATCC Awards, Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations. Film and TV:Unforgiven, The Crucible, Boys Don't Cry, Hedwig &the Angry Inch, Rabbit Hole, Ethan Frome, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, Snow Day, The Photographer, Admission, Hostile Waters, Brotherhood, Law & Order, SVU, Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, NY Undercover, Damages, One Life To Live, Sex & The City, and the upcoming feature Winter's Tale directed by Akiva Goldsman.Yale School of Drama MFA & Beinecke Fellow.
BRANDON J. DIRDEN
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Broadway: Clybourne Park, Enron, Prelude to a Kiss. Off-Broadway: The Piano Lesson (Signature Theater; OBIE, AUDELCO and Theater World Awards; Lortel and Drama League Nominations) Detroit '67 (The Public/CTH/NBT), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW); Bottom of the World(Atlantic); Edgewise (The Play Company/Page 73). Proud volunteer at the 52nd Street Project. Regional:Topdog/Underdog, Jitney (Two River Theater), Trouble in Mind (Arena Stage), Magnolia (Goodman), Fences (Huntington Theatre and South Coast Repertory), Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (True Colors Theatre); Georgia, Houston, Utah and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals, Alley Theater, Alliance Theatre, Ensemble Theater, Playmakers Rep. Proud volunteer at The 52nd St. Project. Training: BA, Morehouse College and MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Member of Actors' Equity Association.
James Eckhouse has starred in over 50 plays ranging from Shakespeare to Shepard on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in most of the nation's regional theaters. His most recent appearances include the world premiere of Jane Anderson's 'The Escort' at The Geffen Playhouse, 'Six Degrees of Separation'at the Old Globe and the Mark Taper Forum's production of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize winning play: 'The Goat'. On TV James has had recurring roles on 'The Good Wife', 'Masters of Sex', 'The West Wing', has guest starred on dozens of series, and is best known for his portrayal of one of television's favorite TV 'dads' - Jim Walsh on the original 'Beverly Hills 90210'. Among James' many film credits are 'The Avengers', 'S.W.A.T.', 'One True Thing', 'Junior', 'Defending Your Life', '84 Charing Cross Road', 'Fat Man and Little Boy', 'Cocktail', 'Big', 'Leaving Normal', 'Joseph - King of Dreams' and two 2013 releases 'Shotgun Wedding' and 'The Good Mother'. His extensive directing credits include the world premieres of Keliher Walsh's 'Year of The Rabbit' at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA ,'Bright Boy, The Passion of Robert MacNamara' at The Electric Lodge, and'In Heat' at the Lost Studio. James served for three years as co-artistic director of Ensemble Studio Theater-LA developing and directing over 20 new plays. On Television, James has directed several episodes of hit series including 90210 and ABC's award winning drama, Once And Again. His documentary, 'Protecting The Possibilities' won a Cine Golden Eagle and his short film, 'True Bromance' is due in festivals this winter. James began his training at Chicago's Second City and went on to receive a BFA in Drama at the Juilliard School.
PETER JAY FERNANDEZ
Recent: 'All the Way' (A.R.T.)Broadway: 'Cyrano de Bergerac',' HenryIV', 'Jelly's Last Jam' 'Julius Caesar', 'The Merchant of Venice'. Off Broadway; 'CQ/CX','Richard III','Macbeth', 'The Pain and the Itch', 'Too Much Memory', ' Widowers Houses', 'Thunder Knocking on the Door', 'Phaedra in Delirium', 'As you like it', 'Henry VIII', 'Spell# 7', 'Coriolanus', 'Split Second', ,'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' and more. TV/FILM: 'House of Cards','Deception','The Good Wife', 'Blue Bloods','Damages','Fringe' Law and Order(s),'Adjustment Bureau','Mama I want to Sing' and more.
Senator Strom Thurmond
Broadway debut. First national tours: Monty Python's Spamalot (original company) and Memphis (original company). Regional acting credits include: Copenhagen, 1776, The Who's Tommy, The Lion in Winter, and Twelve Angry Men. Regional directing credits include: Camelot, Die Fledermaus, Guys & Dolls: In Concert with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Bishop Goes To War, Wesley Middleton's Tomato Plant Girl (director/composer), James Still's Meet Me Incognito (director/composer), and the world premier of José Cruz Gonzáles' Earth Songs. Thanks to BRS/GAGE and everyone at Telsey + Co. Proud member of Actors' Equity, the national labor union for theatre actors and stage managers.
WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER
Broadway Debut. Off Broadway: A Family for All Occasions (Labyrinth Theatre Company) Modern Terrorism (Second Stage) The Total Bent, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure (The Public Theater), A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons), Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club), Queens Boulevard, Paradise Park (Signature Theatre Company), Microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), Massacre (sing to your children) (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre) Rich Boyfriend (The New Group) The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys). Neglect, Bike Wreck, They Float Up, Big Tex, In Quietness, Stiff (Ensemble Studio Theatre) Regional: All the Way (American Repertory Theater) Hamlet (Dallas Theater Center) Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare on the Sound) Film and TV: All Good Things, "Law & Order," "Law & Order: CI," "The Electric Company," "That's What She Said" "The Share" "30 Rock" "Unforgettable" "True Story".
J. Edgar Hoover
All The Way marks Michael's fifth project with Jeffrey Richards, following The Pajama Game, The Homecoming, Superior Donuts, and Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Other New York theater: The Exonerated, Our Town, Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory, Hairspray, Accomplice (1990 Theatre World Award). Elsewhere: Yes, Prime Minister, Randy Newman's Harps & Angels (Los Angeles), Superior Donuts (Steppenwolf/Chicago), On the Razzle(Williamstown), Love Song (London). Film: This is Spinal Tap, Clue, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Whatever Works, True Crime, The Brady Bunch Movie, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, etc. TV: Family Tree, SNL, Dream On, Smallville, The X-Files, Law & Order, Laverne & Shirley, many more. As a songwriter, McKean has won a Grammy for A Mighty Wind's title track (written with Christopher Guest & Eugene Levy) and was nominated for an Academy Award for "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" (with Annette O'Toole) from the same film. With his band, Spinal Tap, he's played Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall & the Glastonbury Festival among many others. For the Mountain Man.
Senator Richard Russell
Tony nominations: Into the Woods, High Society, Showboat, Sweet Charity, Don Juan (Drama Desk Award). Other Broadway: Anything Goes, A Free Man of Color (LCT), Grey Gardens (Drama Desk nom), Is He Dead?, Follies (original company), The Great God Brown (Drama Desk Award) to mention a few. McMartin is a Theatre World Award winner and a Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
CHRISTOPHER LIAM MOORE
Christopher Liam Moore Broadway debut. Other theaters: Oregon Shakespeare Festival (5 seasons), A.R.T., Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Guthrie, South Coast Rep, Old Globe, Mark Taper, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater. Founding member, Cornerstone Theater Company. TV/Film: series regular Ten Items Or Less (TBS), Judging Amy, Star Trek:Voyager, Friends.
Senator Hubert Humphrey
Robert Petkoff last appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes as Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. His other Broadway credits include playing Tateh in the revival ofRagtime , Sir Robin the Brave in Spamalot, Perchick in Fiddler on the Roof with Alfred Molina and Harvey Fierstein and made his debut in Epic Proportionswith Kristin Chenowith. In London he performed in The Royal Family with Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Peter Hall's production of Tantalus. Off Broadway he has appeared in The Cradle Will Rock, Happiness, More Stately Mansions, and Avow. In regional theater he has performed thetitle roles in Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, Compleat Female Stage Beauty and most recently played Col. Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, the musical. Robert's TV work includes The Good Wife, Chapelle's Show, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, and Hack, among others. Robert is also an award winning narrator of Audio Books.
Ethan Phillips November (Barrymore); My Favorite Year (Lincoln Center); Golden Age (MTC), The Imaginary Invalid (Bard's SummerScape); Measure for Measure (NYSF); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Lortel), Modigliani (Astor Place); Donut World (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: A.R.T., Pasadena Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper, Baltimore Center Stage, Westport Country Playhouse, Actors' Theatre Louisville, Boston Shakespeare Co., Geffen Playhouse, McCarter. Films: Inside Llewyn Davis, The Island, Bad Santa, Green Card, Man Without a Face, Lean on Me, Glory and others. TV: Star Trek Voyager (Neelix), Benson (Pete), and many guest star roles.
Senator Everett Dirksen
Richard Poe has had a distinguished career in theatre, film and television over the last 28 years in New York and Los Angeles. He has appeared on Broadway in fourteen productions including major roles in the Tony Award-winning Best Play of 1988 M. Butterfly , the 2006 Best Musical Revival The Pajama Game, the 2007 Best Play Revival Journey' End, and in Cry-Baby, nominated for Best Musical in 2008. He was also featured in Moon Over Buffalo, Execution of Justice, The Dinner Party, Fiddler On The Roof, Tom Sawyer:The Musical, 1776 and Present Laughter. Off-Broadway he created several roles in Paul Rudnick's hit comedy Jeffrey at the Minetta Lane, and in Chris Durang's Why Torture Is Wrong And The People Who Love Them at the Public Theatre. He received the Philadelphia's 2012 Barrymore Award for Best Actor In A Play for his work as Gunner Concannon in The Outgoing Tide at The Philadelphia Theatre Company, and received a 2011 Bay Area Critic's nod for his work as Edgar Halcyon in the musical Tales Of The City at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Regionally, he appeared this fall at the Huntington Theater as Bradley in The Cocktail Hour, and has performed major roles at the Alley Theatre, The Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Syracuse Stage, Goodman Theatre, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He played Serge in Art at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, directed by Matthew Warcus, then reprised the role with a different cast for a tour of Canada. And he toured the United States as the First Gangster in the national tour of the Tony-winning Best Revival of Kiss Me Kate. His film work includes featured roles in Born On The Fourth Of July, Presumed Innocent, Jackal, Speechless, Transamerica, The Night We Never Met, Delivery Man, and Peacemaker. He received the 2012 Best Actor award at the New York Independent Film Festival for his work in the indy Teresa Is A Mother.
Coretta Scott King
Roslyn Ruff earned the 2013 Lucille Lortel award and a Drama League nomination for her performance in the revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lessonat the Signature Theatre Company. Broadway credits include FENCES (standby for Viola Davis). Off-Broadway, Roslyn has appeared in Things of Dry Hours (Drama League nomination) opposite Delroy Lindo and Garret Dillahunt, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Macbeth, Seven Guitars (Obie Award) andThe Cherry Orchard. Recently, she was a guest star in the pilot episode of Showtime's Masters of Sex opposite Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Past television credits include recurring roles on The Big C and A Gifted Man, as well as, appearances on The Good Wife and The Sopranos. Her film credits include the Academy Award nominated film The Help, SALT starring Angelina Jolie, The Todd Solondz film Life During Wartime and Rachel Getting Marrieddirected by Jonathan Demme. Roslyn can currently be seen on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.
Recent credits include: Hermione in The Winter's Tale at Yale Rep, Nan/Lina in Three Days of Rain and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at South Coast Rep, Becca in Rabbit Hole at Hudson Stage Company. She also played Suzanne in the national tour of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Senator Karl Mundt
Stage credits range from PICKING PALIN at the NYC Fringe Festival to an election year revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning STATE OF THE UNION in Bangor Maine. A New Jersey native, his home state appearances include NJ Rep in Long Branch and the Bickford Theater in Morristown. Fans of the daytime drama ALL MY CHILDREN know Bill for his long-running role as "Alfred Vanderpool." Other TV credits include MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and the upcoming SyFy Channel TV series 12 MONKEYS.
Rep. Emanuel Celler
Steve Vinovich has been doing this acting thing for a while. Broadway :Loose Ends, Lost in Yonkers, The Magic Show, The Robber Bridegroom, The Grand Tour, The Secret Rapture. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes. National Tour: The Dinner Party REGIONAL:Over 100 plays and musicals including Westport Playhouse: Diary of Anne Frank . Pittsburgh Public: Ben Franklin 1776: Pasadena Playhouse- The Foreigner, The Little Foxes. Laguna Playhouse -Art, The Price. Reprise: Kiss Me Kate, Strike up the Band, Babes in Arms. Pacific Resident Theater: Awake and Sing , Golden Boy , All My Sons. Stratford: 12th Night with Lynn Redgrave . Public: : Midsummer Nights Dream. NCT: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, How I Learned to Drive, Inherit the Wind. FILM : The Santa Clause, Awakenings, Mannequin, Puffin in The Swan Princess. TV:about 100 guest spots and 2 series. such iconic show as 3's Company, LA Law, Hill Street Blues, Roseanne, Star Trek, ER, Everybody Loves Raymond, Law and Order, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Malcom in the Middle, and even Hannah Montana. COMMERCIALS-over 200. TRAINING: Juilliard Acting School under John Houseman, Strasberg Institute, Charles Nelson Reilly, Larry Moss, AWARDS: three LA Drama Logue Awards.