All The Way: John McMartin joins cast

Five-time Tony nominee John McMartin 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.

McMartin joins previously announced Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, who is making his Broadway debut starring as ' resident Lyndon B. Johnson,' Michael McKean as 'J. Edgar Hoover' and Brandon J. Dirden as 'Martin Luther King, Jr.' All three actors are reviving their roles from the world premiere production which played at the American Repertory Theatre from 13 Sep to 12 Oct 2013..

McMartin will play 'Richard Russell' who was a Georgia Senator who served for almost 40 years, from 1933-1971, and was a leader of Southern opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. McMartin assumes the role from Dakin Matthews who originated the role in the world premiere production.

McMartin has received five Tony Award-nominations: 'Into the Woods,' 'High Society,' 'Show Boat,' 'Don Juan' and 'Sweet Charity.' His many movie credits include "No Reservations," "Kinsey" and "All the President's Men."

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.

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