Bryan Cranston to play LBJ in play by Robert Schenkkan

Apr 22, 2013

by David Ng
[posted on www.latimes.com on April 22, 2013]

Bryan Cranston is going from playing a meth dealer on AMC's "Breaking Bad" to playing President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new stage production of a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.

"All The Way" will open the new season at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts, with performances scheduled to begin September 13. The company said that the play dramatizes Johnson's first year in the Oval Office as he deals with the conflict in Vietnam and civil-rights unrest at home.

Schenkkan wrote the play as a commission for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it was produced in 2012 with a different cast and directed by Bill Rauch, who is artistic director of the Oregon company. Rauch is returning as director of the new production. read more