Golden Globe and SAG Award winner Bryan Cranston will make his Broadway debut in the new politically themed play "All The Way. "NY1's Frank DiLella filed the following report.
Fresh off the small screen playing Walter White in "Breaking Bad," celebrated actor Bryan Cranston is ready for his Broadway debut.
The actor is in rehearsal for his latest project, a new play called "All the Way." The work centers around President Lyndon Baines Johnson's first year in the Oval Office, and Cranston himself takes on our 36th President.
"'All the Way' is not just an entertaining couple of hours, it's an important lesson in history," said Cranston. "In my lifetime, you look back and you see the segregation of schools and treatment of minorities all across the country, and it's really shocking to remember those days. But I was alive during that time, and it blows my mind to realize that, and this play just exposes all of those experiences people had during that day, that extremely hard fight to get The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. That's a big part of this play."
As for tackling LBJ, Cranston says it's been a history lesson of sorts.
"When I was a boy, when he became president, I thought that he was this quiet measured man who would speak like this and be very careful about every word and that's the way he presented himself, but that wasn't him at all. Behind the scenes when he wasn't on camera he was a backslapping, good ole boy storyteller," said Cranston.
The show, which recently played a sold out run at The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., is written by Pulitzer winner Robert Schenkkan. "All the Way" marks the 7th Broadway show involving U.S. Presidents for lead producer Jeffrey Richards. Richards' other political-themed Broadway shows include "The Best Man," "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson," "You're Welcome America" and others.
"I think that we're fascinated by, you know, whoever is in the Oval Office, and historically there's another element added to it because there's an interpretation by a playwright about events," said Richards.
And while Cranston has certainly made a mark for himself in Hollywood, when asked about being the new guy in the theater district he had this to say....
"You have to earn your stripes, you do, and I intend to do that," said Cranston.
"All the Way" starring Bryan Cranston will begin performances at The Neil Simon Theater starting on February 10.