All The Way: James Eckhouse joins cast
James Eckhouse has joined the cast of the American Repertory Theater's Broadway transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's All The Way, directed by Bill Rauch, opening at the Neil Simon Theatre on 06 Mar 2014, following previews from 10 Feb 2014.
Eckhouse joins previously announced three-time Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston as 'Lyndon B. Johnson,' Michael McKean as 'J. Edgar Hoover,' Brandon J. Dirden as 'Martin Luther King, Jr.,' Rob Campbell as 'Governor George Wallace,' 5-time Tony nominee John McMartin as 'Richard Russell,' Roslyn Ruff as 'Fannie Lou Hamer' and 'Coretta Scott King,' and Robert Petkoff as 'Senator Hubert Humphrey.' Additional casting still to be announced.
Eckhouse will play 'Robert McNamara' who was the longest serving Secretary of Defense from 1961-1968, serving under both Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He played a large role in the Unites States involvement in the Vietnam War.
Eckhouse was most recently seen in the world premiere of Jane Anderson's 'The Escort' at The Geffen Playhouse and is best known for playing "Jim Walsh" on the original TV drama "Beverly Hills 90210."
Additional casting is still to be announced.
All The Way: It is 1963, and an assassin's bullet catapults Lyndon B. Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, this charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into the Civil Rights Act, a tinderbox issue emblematic of a divided America.
The creative team features set design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting design by Jane Cox, composition and sound design by Paul James Prendergast, video projections by Shawn Sagady and the projection design consultant is Wendall K. Harrington.
All The Way will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Louise Gund, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Luigi Caiola, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Will Trice.
All The Way was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012. It then went on to play a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the A.R.T. from September 13-October 12, 2013 starringCranston. The play was awarded the 2013 inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established through Columbia University in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new plays or musicals exploring US history and issues of the day.
All The Way will be the third American Repertory Theatre production to transfer to Broadway. They have already successfully transferred 'Pippin' and ' The Glass Menagerie' - with both productions currently playing on Broadway.James Eckhouse
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