For the first time, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival-commissioned play is bound for Broadway.
"All the Way," Robert Schenkkan's play about the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, is set to open March 6 in the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. It will star Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston, best known for the lead role in the blockbuster TV series "Breaking Bad," and will be directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch.
Cranston will be joined on stage by Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover and Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King Jr. Both played those roles at the American Repertory Theatre during the run of "All the Way" this past fall.
The play premiered at OSF in 2012 as part of the American Revolutions: U.S. History Cycle series of commissioned works.
Last year, the play won the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. Last fall, Cranston starred in a sold-out run of the play at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., also directed by Rauch.
Members of the 2012 production design team continue with the Broadway production: OSF Associate Artistic Director Christopher Acebo (set design), Deborah M. Dryden (costume design), Jane Cox (lighting design), Paul James Prendergast (composition and sound design) and Shawn Sagady (video projections). Joining the team is projection design consultant Wendall K. Harrington.
For more information about the Broadway production, visit www.AllTheWayBroadway.com.
Next year, Pulitzer-Prize winner Schenkkan continues his account of LBJ's presidency with "The Great Society," which picks up during the president's second term. The world-premiere production, commissioned by and co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theater, will open in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on July 23 and run through Nov. 1. "The Great Society" will be directed by Rauch and feature much of the same cast from OSF's "All The Way," including Jack Willis as LBJ.
American Revolutions is OSF's 10-year program of commissioning up to 37 new plays sprung from moments of change in United States history.