Now, say my name! The Lyndon B. Johnson bio-play, Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, starring Emmy winner Bryan Cranston as the 36th President of the U.S., begins performances on Broadway February 10. Opening night is set for March 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Directed by Bill Rauch, All the Way begins with the Kennedy assassination and details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The drama begins on Air Force One on November 23, 1963, as the plane transports the body of President Kennedy back to Washington, D.C., and Johnson summons his courage to take on the role of commander-in-chief.
In addition to Cranston, the show features Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Petkoff as Hubert Humphrey, Rob Campbell as Governor George Wallace, Tony nominee John McMartin as Richard Russell, James Eckhouse as Robert McNamara and Roslyn Ruff as Coretta Scott King and Fannie Lou Hamer.