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Bryan Cranston is moving from the small screen to the stage. The Breaking Bad star is heading to Broadway in All The Way, in which he stars as President Lyndon B. Johnson.
All The Way finishes its sold-out run in Cambridge, Mass. at the American Repertory Theater on Saturday. According to The New York Times, it did earn mixed reviews, but Cranston’s performance was widely praised by critics. It starts when President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and covers Johnson’s first year as president. Martin Luther King Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace also appear in the play.
The three-hour play was written by Robert Schenkkan, the Pulitzer Prize winner. He told the Times that he was re-working parts of the play, but his producers are supporting its three-hour running time. Producer Jeffrey Richards, who made the Broadway move official on Sunday, said that he is sure it will be a hit in New York. He said that August: Osage County’s three-hour running time didn’t stop that from becoming a hit and he hopes the same will be true for All The Way.
#ALLTHEWAY is GOING TO BROADWAY!
— ROBERT SCHENKKAN (@ROBERTSCHENKKAN) October 5, 2013
According to The Hollywood Reporter, All The Way should open in May, qualifying it for the crowded 2013-14 season. Cranston will have plenty of competition for a Tony nod, including Denzel Washington (A Raisin in the Sun), Daniel Craig (Betrayal) and Zachary Quinto (The Glass Menagerie).