Breaking Bad Series Finale Complete, Bryan Cranston Now Headed to Broadway as LBJ in 'All the Way'
Bryan Cranston, who just finished his role as a drug kingpin on AMC's "Breaking Bad," is now heading to Broadway in the less violent role of President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way.
On Sunday, producer Jeffrey Richards announced Cranston would come to Broadway after All the Way finished a sold-out production in Cambridge, Mass. at the American Repertory Theater on Saturday. The play received mixed and positive reviews, but Cranston himself received very favorable reviews.
In a review for The New York Times, Charles Isherwood said Cranston had a "winning star turn," and that he "glitters with an almost salacious ruthlessness when he gets to do a little arm-twisting."
"I think it's a transformative performance," Richards said.
Currently, Cranston is the only actor confirmed for the production.
All the Way begins with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. President Johnson's first year as commander-in-chief is shown with a focus on his fight for the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964.
"It deals with a year in American history that was a tumultuous year and an exciting year," Richards said. "The writer has brought it to life vividly."
J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King Jr., George Wallace and Hubert Humphrey are also characters in the play.
The play was written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schneklan and is three-hours-long, making it one of the longest plays in recent Broadway history.
All the Way opens this winter, but neither a date nor a theater has been selected. Production for the play cost around $3.5 million. Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakesspeare Festival which originally commissioned All the Way, will direct.
Cranston won three Emmy Awards for Outstand Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in "Breaking Bad." The series had its finale on Sept. 29 of this year.
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