Bryan Cranston headed for the stage

The "Breaking Bad" star will play LBJ in a play by Robert Schenkkan

Published April 22, 2013 9:06PM (EDT)

With AMC's hit show "Breaking Bad" coming to an end, show star Bryan Cranston has signed on for a new project -- this one off-screen. Cranston, who began his career on the stage, will head to Massachusetts to star as Lyndon B. Johnson in a new production by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan.

From the L.A. Times:

"All The Way" will open the new season at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts, with performances scheduled to begin Sept. 13. The company said that the play dramatizes Johnson's first year in the Oval Office as he deals with the conflict in Vietnam and civil-rights unrest at home.

Schenkkan wrote the play as a commission for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where it was produced in 2012 with a different cast and directed by Bill Rauch, who is artistic director of the Oregon company. Rauch is returning as director of the new production.

By Prachi Gupta

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