The Broadway production of Robert Schenkkan's Tony-nominated All the Way, which stars 2014 Tony nominee Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson, has recouped its investment of $3.9 million, producers have announced. The drama, which is directed by Bill Rauch, officially opened at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 6 and will end its run on June 29.
All the Way depicts the first year in the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, his struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and his work to get elected in the wake of Kennedy's assassination. The company includes Brandon J. Dirden (Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.), Michael McKean (J. Edgar Hoover), Susannah Schulman (Lurleen Wallace), J. Bernard Calloway (Ralph Abernathy), James Eckhouse (Robert McNamara), Steve Vinovich (Rep. Emanuel Celler), Peter Jay Fernandez (Roy Wilkins), Ethan Phillips (Stanley Levison), Bill Timoney (Sen. Karl Mundt), Betsy Aidem (Lady Bird Johnson), Christopher Gurr (Sen. Strom Thurmond), Roslyn Ruff (Coretta Scott King), Eric Lenox Abrams (Bob Moses), Richard Poe (Sen. Everett Dirksen), John McMartin (Sen. Richard Russell), Robert Petkoff (Sen. Hubert Humphrey), Christopher Liam Moore (Walter Jenkins), and William Jackson Harper (Stokely Carmichael).
Schenkkan's drama, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and later played the American Repertory Theater, received the 2014 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play (Cranston), as well as the Drama Critics' Circle and Outer Critics Circle Awards for best play.
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