As the Broadway season shifts up a gear and we head gleefully into the autumn, the emphasis seems to be on new plays in the coming months. Of course, there will also be a delightful sprinkling of musicals and genre-defying entertainment shows (check back in with us next week) alongside a couple of revivals, but what's really got us excited is seeing brand new works and recent transfers given the green light to find wider audiences on the Great White Way. To read more, click here.
Broadway Shows To Get Ready For September to December
September 1, 2019
The play I have been looking forward to all year starts previews September 6th. The Great Society is the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way. The show picks up after President Lyndon B. Johnson landslide victory in the 1964 election, exploring his full four-year term against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement. Brian Cox, stars as well as Tony nominee Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley, Grantham Coleman making his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey, Barbara Garrick as Ladybird Johnson, Bryce Pinkham as Robert Kennedy and David Garrison as Richard Nixon. Opening October 4th at the Vivian Beaumont. To read more, click here.
See The Great Society Celebrate Lyndon B. Johnson’s Birthday with the NAACP, FairVote, Motivote, and NYC Votes
August 29, 2019
In honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson's birthday August 27, The NAACP, Fairvote, Motivote, and NYC Votes joined The Great Societyto launch The Great Society Primary, its initiative to register audience members to vote. In a ceremony at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, playwright Robert Schennkan and members of the cast welcomed the civic partners to inaugurate the show’s lobby display and voting program. At each performance, audience members will have the opportunity to "vote" for the candidate they would like to see win the 2020 presidential election. Additionally, before select performances, representatives from the voter registration organizations will be available to register new voters in the lobby. To read more, click here.
Photo Coverage: Brian Cox, Bryce Pinkham, Mark Kudisch, And The Cast of THE GREAT SOCIETY Meets The Press
August 22, 2019
The Broadway cast of Robert Schenkkan's THE GREAT SOCIETY, his new play celebrating Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy, met the press this week! Check out the stars of the new political play before they hit the stage! To read more and see the photographs, click here.
BWW TV: The Cast and Creatives of THE GREAT SOCIETY Meet the Press
August 22, 2019
The cast and creatives of Robert Schenkkan's THE GREAT SOCIETY, his upcoming Broadway play celebrating Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy, met the press this week! Check out the video below of the stars discussing what the show means, and what all the hype is about, before they hit the stage! To read more and see the video, click here.
See Broadway’s The Great Society Meet the Press
August 22, 2019
The Great Society, Robert Schenkkan’s sequel to his Tony-winning play All The Way, is set to begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater September 6 ahead of an October 1 opening night. The production, directed by Bill Rauch, is set to play a 12-week limited engagement through November 30.
While All the Way depicted Johnson’s year-long presidency in the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, The Great Societypicks up after his landslide victory in the 1964 election. The play explores his full four-year term against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement. To read more and see photos, click here.
Broadway-Bound ‘The Great Society’ Completes Casting With Richard Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson & Coretta Scott King Roles Filled; Opening Night Set
August 12, 2019
Robert Schenkkan’s Broadway-bound The Great Society, his second LBJ play following the celebrated All The Way, has completed casting and set an opening night for Tuesday, October 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Joining the previously announced Brian Cox (as Lyndon B. Johnson) will be Marchánt Davis as Stokely Carmichael, Brian Dykstra as Adam Walinsky, Barbara Garrick as Lady Bird 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 and Tramell Tillman as Bob Moses. To read more, click here.
Brian Cox To Play Lyndon B. Johnson in The Great Society
July 21, 2019
Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan will return to Broadway with the second of his two exhilarating dramas celebrating Lyndon B. Johnson’s legacy: The Great Society. This new play is the companion piece to Schenkkan’s Tony Award winning All The Way, depicting the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency in 1968.
Director Bill Rauch (All The Way) reunites with Schenkkan after directing the premiere of The Great Society at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2014 and Seattle Rep in 2015.
Presented at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, this striking theatrical event features a brilliant cast portraying over fifty characters in two-dozen locations. The cast will include Brian Cox as LBJ, Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley, Grantham Coleman as Martin Luther King Jr., and Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey. The actors playing the roles of Richard Nixon, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Lady Bird Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace and Robert McNamara among many others, will be announced soon. To read more, click here.
Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way Sequel The Great Society to Play Broadway
July 21, 2019
Five years after All the Way brought Lyndon B. Johnson to the stage, the 36th President of the United States is heading back to Broadway. The Great Society, Robert Schenkkan’s 2014 follow-up to his Tony-winning play, will play the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Directed by Bill Rauch, performances will begin September 6 for a 12-week run.
While All the Way depicted Johnson’s year-long presidency in the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, The Great Society picks up after his landslide victory in the 1964 election. The play explores his full four-year term against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement. To read more, click here.
LBJ Play ‘The Great Society’ Bound For Broadway; Brian Cox Cast In Follow-Up To Tony-Winning ‘All The Way’
July 21, 2019
He may not have sought nor did he accept a return to the White House, but Lyndon B. Johnson is coming back to Broadway: The Great Society, a companion play to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning All The Way, will begin performances in September, with Brian Cox as the 36th President of the United States.
Also in the cast will be Richard Thomas, Marc Kudisch and Grantham Coleman (Amazon Studio’s upcoming Against All Enemies) making his Broadway debut as Martin Luther King Jr.
All The Way won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and Bryan Cranston took the Tony for his lead role as LBJ. All The Way director Bill Rauch will return in that capacity for The Great Society. To read more, click here.