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So long, AMC and hello, Broadway. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame is taking his role as our 36th president in All the Way from Cambridge, Mass. to New York City, according to The New York Times. (We know you were all hoping it would be a musical.)
Receiving positive reviews for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cranston is expected to drive up ticket sales for the play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle) when it hits Broadway late this year or early 2014. Assuming Cranston is vying for a Tony nomination for next year, he will be facing off against actors like Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie, Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun, Daniel Craig in Betrayal, Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, and Ethan Hawke in Macbeth.
The three-hour historical drama chronicles LBJ's first year as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and his election win the following year. All the Way is currently nearing the completion of its sold-out run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.
So far, Cranston is the only actor confirmed to appear in the Broadway play.
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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to make his Broadway debut in a new play. The Emmy Award-winning actor is due to take on the role of former U.S.President Lyndon B. Johnson in a New York play entitled All the Way, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan.
The show's producer Jeffrey Richards tells the New York Daily News, "It's an exciting new American play that deals with LBJ's quest for legitimacy... It deals with a year in American history that was a tumultuous year and an exciting year. The writer has brought it to life vividly."
Last year (12), Cranston admitted he was eyeing a stint on the New York stage, saying, "I haven't done Broadway yet. I hope to within the next couple of years. I've had opportunities but either the material wasn't quite right or the timing wasn't quite right."
Over 60 years after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, Hollywood's infatuation continues. Next up: a fresh version produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan.
For those in need of a refresher: The ship sunk in 1945 during World War II, but not without an almost too-cinematic-to-be-true ending that involved hungry sharks. The horrific result was the largest loss of life American Navy history.
The updated version will look at the story through the eyes of a young boy, Hunter Scott, who in 1996 set out to feverishly research the incident and ultimately clear Capt. Charles McVay, the Indianapolis' Commanding Officer, of all wrongdoing.
Robert Schenkkan (HBO's The Pacific), an Emmy-nominated writer who knows a thing or two about World War II, will pen the script.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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