ROBERT SCHENKKAN

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER

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“It’s an American political Game of Thrones, alright?”

When Broadway audiences last saw President Lyndon B. Johnson, he was wheeling and dealing to pass the Civil Rights Act in Robert Schenkkan’s Tony Award–winning Best Play All The Way, starring Bryan Cranston as the controversial President. Come September 6, audiences will get the next chapter in LBJ history, this time with Emmy winner Brian Cox in the Oval Office.

But director Bill Rauch says not to worry if you missed All The Way. “The Great Society is its own play,” he says. “I think there’s a little extra pleasure for people who saw All The Way, but this play stands on its own. To read more, click here.

FIRST LOOK: THE GREAT SOCIETY

From the creative team behind the Tony-winning Best Play, All The Way, comes a thrilling new play about the LBJ legacy: The Great Society.

17 actors. Over 50 characters. One epic political drama. Capturing Johnson’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a just society for all, The Great Society follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was 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 escalation of the Vietnam War, 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. to read more, click here.

Bill Rauch Directs "The Great Society" On Broadway

“The Great Society,” the sequel to Robert Schenkkan's 2014 Tony-winning epic “All the Way,” began its Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on September 6. Bill Rauch, who helmed "All the Way," also directs the new work which officially opens on October 1 for a limited run through November 30. Brian Cox stars in the production as President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Capturing Lyndon B. Johnson's passionate and aggressive attempts to build a great society for all, the new play follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later.

Director Bill Rauch’s work has been seen across the nation, including on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production "All the Way." To read more and listen to Bill's interview, click here.

Broadway Glossary: Meet The Presidents, Politicians, & Activists of THE GREAT SOCIETY

Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's The Great Society, is currently in previews at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theatre!

Continuing the journey begun by All the Way, this new play celebrates the political legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Capturing Johnson's attempts to build a just society for all, The Great Society follows his triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. To read more, click here.

Broadway's The Great Society to Launch Voter Registration Drives

Broadway's The Great Society will launch voter registration drives at the Vivian Beaumont Theater throughout September and October. Drives will take place September 18 (4-4:30pm; 7-8pm); September 21 (5-5:30pm; 7-8pm); September 25 (4-4:30pm; 7-8pm); October 9 (4-4:30pm; 6-7pm); and October 16 (4-4:30pm; 6-7pm). Events will be sponsored by NYC Votes, FairVote, and Young Invincibles. To read more, click here.

Elizabeth Warren has been winning the primary election every night at this Broadway theater

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will face off against nine other presidential hopefuls in Texas tonight for the latest round of Democratic debates, but she’s already won the primaries several times this week in old Manhattan. The Great Society, a new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Schenkkan about the tumultuous final years of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, began previews last week at Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center. One of the gimmicks of the presentation is a faux election set up in the lobby, where guests are asked to step into a voting booth and vote for their 2020 Democratic or Republican presidential candidate of choice. To read more, click here.

THE GREAT SOCIETY Announces Lottery Policy

THE GREAT SOCIETY has partnered with TodayTix to offer $35 mobile rush tickets beginning at 9am each performance day. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis exclusively through the TodayTix app. THE GREAT SOCIETY is currently in preview performances and will officially open on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th St). This is a 12-week limited engagement. To read more, click here.

The Great Society, Sequel to Tony-Winning All the Way, Arrives on Broadway

The Great Society, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan's 2014 Tony-winning epic All the Way, begins its Broadway run at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on September 6. Bill Rauch, who helmed All the Way, also directs the new work, slated to officially open on October 1 for a limited run through November 30. Brian Cox stars in the production as President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Capturing Johnson's passionate and aggressive attempts to build a great society for all, the new play follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was 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—with one man at the center of it all: LBJ. To read more, click here.

The Great Society Begins Broadway Performances September 6

The second play in Robert Schenkkan’s dramatic take on President Lyndon Baines Johnson, The Great Society, begins preview performances September 6 at Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater ahead of an official opening October 1.

Schenkkan’s All The Way bowed on Broadway in 2014, winning the Tony Award for Best Play and Best Actor in a Play for star Bryan CranstonThe Great Society stars Brian Cox (Succession) as LBJ and picks up where All The Way left off—with Johnson’s Presidential campaign in 1964. The drama chronicles his landslide victory but devolving presidency as the Vietnam War takes hold. To read more, click here.

The Great Society, starring Brian Cox, begins performances on Broadway

LBJ on the Great White Way... again! The Broadway premiere of The Great Society begins previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theater tonight, ahead of an official opening on October 1 and a limited engagement through November 30, 2019.

Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan as Part II of the LBJ Plays, following the success of his Tony Award-winning "Best Play" All the Way, which starred Bryan Cranston in a 2014 Tony Award-winning performance, The Great Society is directed by Bill Rauch. To read more, click here.

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