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Details set for Seattle writer’s play to open on Broadway

Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,” about the Johnson presidency, will begin previews Feb. 10, 2014. Bryan Cranston will play LBJ in the play, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Details have been set for the Broadway run of “All the Way,” the first in a two-play work on the presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson written by Seattle dramatist Robert Schenkkan.

The drama is slated to begin Broadway previews on Feb. 10, 2014, at the Neil Simon Theatre. The official opening is set for March 6. It will be the first work commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) to reach the Great White Way.

The New York cast for “All the Way” will be headed by Bryan Cranston, the Emmy Award-winning star of the TV series “Breaking Bad.” Cranston also played LBJ in the recent, well-received second production of “All the Way” at American Repertory Theatre (ART) in Cambridge, Mass.

OSF artistic director Bill Rauch will stage the Broadway version of “All the Way,” which premiered under his direction in Ashland in 2012. (Rauch also directed the ART run.) The recipient of the first Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, and the prestigious Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the play covers the eventful first year of LBJ’s presidency as he passed landmark civil-rights and anti-poverty legislation after succeeding the slain JFK.

The second play in the series, “The Great Society,” was co-commissioned from Schenkkan by OSF and Seattle Repertory Theatre. It explores LBJ’s final term, and the nation’s increasing involvement in and controversy over the Vietnam War. “The Great Society” will have its world premiere at OSF in July 2014.

“The journey that we started in Ashland last year with our superb OSF company members and the best audiences in the world is now arriving on Broadway,” Schenkkan said in a news release. “I am so pleased and proud to be part of this historic moment for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.”

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