It turns out Bryan Cranston is as good on stage as he is on screen; his Broadway play All the Way has smashed box office records.
In the fourth slot for Week 4, which ended on Sunday, All The Way’s box office takings were higher than any other straight (non-musical) play in an eight-performance week, in the entire history of Broadway. Hit musical The Book of Mormon only just pulled in more than All The Way in the same period, with $1.6 million in takings.
Proving that he’s not just a hit TV actor (Breaking Bad) and hit movie actor (Godzilla), but also a true thespian too, Cranston plays the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B Johnson in the play. He is joined by John McMartin, as Georgia Senator Richard Russell, Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover and Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King Jr.
Showing at the Neil Simon Theatre, the play recalls a pivotal year in American history – 1964. This was a year for new bills in civil rights and the involvement in Vietnam. One man pulled the strings and was determined to build the USA into The Great Society. The play follows Johnson’s first year of presidency after the assassination of John F Kennedy.
Branson wears a prosthetic chin, nose and earlobes to make him look the part on stage. All The Way continues on Broadway until June 29, 2014