Bryan Cranston All The Way review

Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden also will appear in the show at the Neil Simon Theater

The Bryan Cranston-toplined production of “All the Way,” in which the “Breaking Bad” thesp will make his Broadway debut in the bio-play about Lyndon B. Johnson, has set its New York dates and theater, nabbing the Neil Simon Theater for a February start date.

In a crowded spring season, the slot for “All the Way” opened up when tuner “Big Fish,” which opened in October, announced it would shutter Dec. 29 after several weeks of disappointing sales. “All the Way” joins a roster of spring plays that includes star-driven revivals of “A Raisin in the Sun” (with Denzel Washington) and “Of Mice and Men” (with James Franco).

Cranston becomes the latest Hollywood name to try his hand at Broadway, and the most recent to step from a prominent TV gig to the stage.

The actor originated his perf as LBJ in “All the Way” earlier this year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Two thesps who also appeared in that staging — Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover and Brandon J. Direden as Martin Luther King Jr. — have been locked in to appear with Cranston in the Broadway incarnation, full casting for which has yet to be set.

Bill Rauch will reprise his role as director of the show, which centers on the first year of the Johnson administration, when LBJ assumed the presidency in the wake of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Title premiered in 2012 with a different cast at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which commissioned the Robert Schenkkan play.

“All the Way” starts previews Feb. 10 ahead of a March 6 opening.

 

 

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