Breaking Broadway: Bryan Cranston to star in ‘All The Way’
When the final episode of Breaking Bad aired last week, there was one notable cast member missing from Talking Bad, the live TV show following the finale — Bryan Cranston. That’s because Cranston was in Boston that night starring in the dramatic play All the Way.
The good news for Breaking Bad fans is that All the Way is headed to Broadway sometime this winter.
Cranston is receiving critical raves for his performance as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way, which is playing a sold-out run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass, through Oct. 12.
All the Way is written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan, and begins with the Kennedy assassination in 1963. It follows the first year of LBJ’s presidency, focusing on his efforts to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Other historical characters in the play include Martin Luther King, Jr., Hubert Humphrey, George Wallace, Lady Bird Johnson, and Coretta Scott King.
While Cranston is set to star, the supporting cast for the Broadway production has not yet been announced. The Boston run includes Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap, Laverne & Shirley) as J. Edgar Hoover.
With a three-hour running time, All the Way is very long by Broadway standards, a length usually considered the kiss of death for a drama. But the smash hit August: Osage County ran over three hours, so the producers of All the Way say they plan to keep the show’s length intact for the Broadway run.
For Breaking Bad fans who want another fix of Walter White/Heisenberg, it should be exciting to watch Cranston’s acting diversity playing a well-known American figure in a historical drama. I’ll see you on opening night.