Casting complete for The Great Society on Broadway

The Broadway premiere of The Great Society is scheduled to begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on September 6, 2019.

David Garrison

Producers of the upcoming Broadway premiere of The Great Society, scheduled to play the Vivian Beaumont Theater from September 6 through November 30, 2019, with an official opening on October 1, have now revealed complete casting.

Joining previously announced Emmy Award winner Brian Cox as Lyndon B. Johnson, Grantham Coleman (as Martin Luther King Jr.), Marc Kudisch (as Richard J. Daley),  Bryce Pinkham (as Senator Robert F. Kennedy), Frank Wood (as Senator Everett Dirksen), Gordon Clapp (as J. Edgar Hoover), and Richard Thomas (as Hubert Humphrey), will be Marchánt Davis (as Stokely Carmichael), Brian Dykstra (as Adam Walinsky), Barbara Garrick (as Ladybird Johnson), David Garrison (as Richard Nixon), Ty Jones (as Reverend Ralph Abernathy), Christopher Livingston (as James Bevel), Angela Pierce (as Pat Nixon), Matthew Rauch (as Robert McNamara), Nikkole Salter (as Coretta Scott King), Tramell Tillman (as Bob Moses), and ensemble members Ted Deasy and Robyn Kerr.

In total, the 19-strong cast will portray over fifty characters in this new play, written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan as Part II of the LBJ Plays. The first in the series was the Tony Award-winning "Best Play" All the Way, which starred Bryan Cranston in a Tony Award-winning performance at the Neil Simon Theatre from February through June 2014.

Synopsis: "Capturing Johnson’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a great society for all, The Great Society follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election three years later. In an era that would define history forever: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the destruction of Vietnam, and the creation of some of the greatest social programs America has ever known - and one man was at the center of it all: LBJ."

Under the direction of Bill Rauch, the creative team features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design & original music by Paul James Prendergast, and projections by Victoria Sagady.

The Great Society is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards and Louise Gund.

The Great Society Tickets are available now for performances from September 6 through November 30, 2019.

(Photo courtesy of Polk & Co.)