American Repertory Theater’s “All the Way” is going all the way to Broadway, according to an ART press representative.
Bryan Cranston stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the ART production, which is now enjoying a sold-out run through Oct. 12. The play, by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch, follows LBJ’s presidency in the year between President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and Johnson’s 1964 election.
The Emmy-winning Cranston, best known as Walter White in AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” has been singled out for praise by critics. “Cranston delivers Johnson’s outsize presence, his cackling humor and sudden rages, his canny maneuvering and his self-pity,” wrote Joel Brown in The Boston Globe. In The New York Times, Charles Isherwood cited Cranston’s “winning star turn,” saying “he cuts a vigorous, imposing figure as L.B.J., employing a drawl as wide as the Rio Grande.”
There is no word yet from the ART on the casting or timing for a Broadway production of “All the Way.”
This is just the latest in a string of ART productions that have moved on to Broadway in recent years. A revival of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie,” starring Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto, and Celia Keenan-Bolger and directed by John Tiffany, ran Feb. 2 through March 17 at the ART, and it’s now a hit on Broadway. Earlier, Boston-area audiences saw ART artistic director Diane Paulus’s revivals of the musicals “Pippin” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” at the Cambridge theater before they went on to win Tony Awards in New York. A workshop production of “Once” directed by Tiffany at the ART also preceded the musical’s Tony-winning Broadway run.