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All the Way - 2014 - Broadway

All the Way is a gripping new play about a pivotal moment in American history. This drama will take audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first years of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. Bryan Cranston, Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden will be joined by an ensemble cast playing additional roles such as Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell, Robert McNamara, Coretta Scott King, Lady Bird Johnson, Bob Moses, Roy Wilkins, Lurleen Wallace, Stokely Carmichael, Walter Jenkins, Stanley Levison, George Wallace, Ralph Abernathy and Judge Smith.

All the Way was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012. It then went on to play a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the A.R.T. from September 13-October 12, 2013 starring Cranston. The play was awarded the 2013 inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established through Columbia University in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new plays or musicals exploring US history and issues of the day.


Neil Simon Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
250 W. 52nd St. Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For All the Way

Bryan Cranston, making good as LBJ - Washington Post
Portraying America's 36th chief executive, Lyndon Baines Johnson, in Robert Schenkkan's democratic procedural drama "All the Way," Cranston proves so effortlessly captivating that you could imagine pulling a lever for him - or even contributing generously to whatever campaign war chest he trots out. Well, maybe "effortlessly" is the wrong word. Because Cranston, late of TV's habit-forming "Breaking Bad," works like the dickens to convey in his cagey, short-fused, eternally prowling LBJ a strength of will that reveals what a political leader needs to get big things done. It's a darn good thing, too, for without him, the three-hour production, which opened Thursday night at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, might feel like something a little duller, along the lines of a talking textbook. Perhaps in the vast cavalcade of Washington events and personalities the play covers, there was not much room left for nuanced portraits. In any event, none of the personages filling out the story, from J. Edgar Hoover (Michael McKean) to George Wallace (Rob Campbell), from Ralph Abernathy (J. Bernard Calloway) to, yes, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Aidem, again), come to feel as anything more than the audience for LBJ's one-man band. Fortunately for us, though, it's Cranston who is holding the baton.

NY1 Theater Review: 'All The Way' - NY1
Bryan Cranston is the big draw in "All The Way," a biographical drama about President Lyndon B. Johnson. And while the "Breaking Bad" star actually exceeds the hype, the best news is that the play does, too. With 20 actors in dozens of roles, this is high drama spanning the year between the Kennedy assassination and the '64 election. The main focus is the intense fight to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As staged, the legislation is treated with the gravity of our nation's founding and the suspense of a first class thriller, and despite knowing the ending, we're on the edge of our seats.



by Courtnie Mele - June 29, 2014
In honor of All the Way's closing, Robert Petkoff took photos of the company on on instant film with a Polaroid 250 Land Camera- a fitting tribute to the historical play which takes place in the 1960s. 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. Check below to see the portraits!
by BWW Special Coverage - June 29, 2014
All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, directed by Bill Rauch, closes on Broadway today, June 28, 2014, after playing a total of 131 and recouping its initial capitalization. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through All the Way's beginnings on Broadway!
by TV News Desk - June 17, 2014
As BWW previously reported, Bryan Cranston, who just won a Tony Award for his Broadway debut as former President Lyndon B. Johnson in the new play ALL THE WAY, will soon share a behind-the-scenes look at his popular drama series BREAKING BAD in an all-new memoir.
by Tyler Peterson - June 9, 2014
The producers of All The Way, by Robert Schenkkan, have announced that the show has won every major award for Best New Play this season - the Drama League Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award. For his critically acclaimed portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Bryan Cranston was awarded the Tony Award for Best Actor in addition to already winning the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and having been recognized with a Theatre World Award.
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014
ALL THE WAY won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play. Robert Schenkkan's new drama takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first years of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill. Three-time Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston plays the President.
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014
Bryan Cranston won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for ALL THE WAY. This is Bryan Cranston's first Tony nomination. Cranston began his acting career in local and regional theatres, getting his start at the Granada Theater in the San Fernando Valley. He is best known for portraying Walter White in Breaking Bad from 2008 to 2013, and Hal in Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. He won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for five more.
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 7, 2014
Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Bryan Cranston, a nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Play for All the Way, who chats about why he's living the dream, how he cherishes live audiences, and more. Check out what he had to say below!
by Tyler Peterson - June 5, 2014
As of May 31st, 2014, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of All the Way, starring Tony Award-nominee Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as President Lyndon B. Johnson, has recouped its investment of $3.9 million. All the Way, which is now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52ndStreet) is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch.
by Tyler Peterson - June 3, 2014
On today, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of All the Way will play its 100th performance at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd Street).
by Stage Tube - June 1, 2014
The cast of Jersey Boys and the cast of All the Way have a Saturday Night on Broadway tradition in which they wish each other well. This past Saturday, All the Way was caught serenading Jersey Boys with a medley. Check below to watch the video!
by Walter McBride - May 30, 2014
Below you can check out photos of Robert Shenkkan, nominated for Best Play for All the Way, in the series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by Walter McBride - May 30, 2014
Earlier this week, the company of All the Way gathered at Sardi's to celebrate the caricature unveiling for 2014 Tony nominee Bryan Cranston. BroadwayWorld was there for the special event and you can check out photos from the celebration below!
by BWW Staff - May 21, 2014
On Twitter Watch, Susan Lucci wrote 'Backstage last night w/ @IJasonAlexander, @regis & Joy after an AMAZING performance by @BryanCranston #AllTheWayBway'
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2014
'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston, who currently stars in Broadway's 'All the Way', had a tough decision to make once his Emmy Award winning AMC hit drama series came to its conclusion.