Wednesday, April 23, 2014

'All The Way' Brings NYC High-Schoolers To B'way

Producers of All The Way have announced that they have invited a group of over fifty student class presidents from New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public high schools to be their guests for the matinee performance on Wednesday, April 30th. Following the show, the students will enjoy a talkback with cast members, including Bryan Cranston, currently starring as America’s 36th President, Lyndon Johnson. The talkback will discuss issues of leadership, presidential power, and the how the play’s depiction of the politics of the 1960s resonates today. This event is in partnership with the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects.

The students will be attending from schools including:  Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, Claremont International High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Flushing High School, Fort Hamilton High School, Harvest Collegiate High School, High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow, High School of Economics and Finance, James Madison High School, Murray Hill Academy, Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, the International High School at Lafayette, and Union Square Academy, among others. 

All The Way has been nominated for a 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award and a 2014 Drama League Award for Best New Play.  Bryan Cranston received nominations for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Play and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.  John McMartin, who play Senator Richard Russell, also received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and Bill Rauch received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play.

All The Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan opened on March 6th at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd). The production is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where the play began its theatrical life.  Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the box office of the Neil Simon Theatre.

All The Way stars Bryan CranstonEric Lenox AbramsBetsy AidemJ. Bernard CallowayRob CampbellBrandon J. DirdenJames EckhousePeter Jay FernandezChristopher GurrWilliam Jackson HarperMichael McKeanJohn McMartinChristopher Liam MooreRobert PetkoffEthan PhillipsRichard PoeRoslyn RuffSusannah SchulmanBill Timoney and Steve Vinovich.

 All The Way takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

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 starring Cranston.  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 is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Will Trice.

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, the projection design consultant is Wendall K. Harrington, hair & wig design is by Paul Huntley, and the sound consultant is Peter Fitzgerald. The Dramaturge is Tom Bryant and casting is by Telsey + Company William Cantler, CSA.         

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