The Great Society
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The Great Society
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The Great Society NYC Reviews and Tickets

74%
(279 Reviews)
Positive
77%
Mixed
17%
Negative
6%
Members say
Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

About the Show

Emmy winner Brian Cox stars as Lyndon B. Johnson in this companion piece to the Tony-winning "All The Way," which depicts the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency.

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Talky, Requires background history, Strong acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like history plays. TGS boasts a huge cast & clever staging. All the Way ends w a win; TGS w a loss. Focus on Vietnam, civil rts, power.

Don't see it if you want a perfect script. TGS is slow (long, talky) AND frenetic (short scs). Needs cuts, char devt. Cox is blustery. Great actors wasted.

81
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like American history, want to know more about LBJ or follow up "All the Way," fan of Brian Cox, recall that period or lived through it

Don't see it if you don't like hectic history, characters not given chance to develop, too many events off stage, don't care about that time period

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
October 1st, 2019

"In ‘The Great Society,’ Another Presidential Nightmare: Brian Cox plays Lyndon B. Johnson at the height of his powers, when history decided to bring him down."
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Time Out New York
October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "Brian Cox plays a weakened LBJ in Robert Schenkkan's Broadway sequel to 'All the Way'"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 1st, 2019

"The Great-Man Theory of 'The Great Society'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 1st, 2019

"Brian Cox stars as Lyndon Baines Johnson in the continuation of playwright Robert Schenkkan's sprawling account of the tumultuous 36th U.S. presidency that began with 'All the Way.'"
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Entertainment Weekly
October 1st, 2019

Grade: B "Lyndon Johnson gets another term on Broadway, with Brian Cox in 'The Great Society'"
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Variety
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ Starring Brian Cox: Cox plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan’s political drama about the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 2nd, 2019

"A Most Complicated History: Playwright Robert Schenkkan sees his play as ‘the origin story for our present political crisis.’ Luckily, the drama is more nuanced than that."
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Deadline
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ Broadway Review: LBJ Meets His Match – Again – As Brian Cox Picks Up Where Bryan Cranston Left Off"
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The Washington Post
October 1st, 2019

"In ‘The Great Society,’ history marches numbingly on, and on, and on, and on"
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New York Daily News
October 1st, 2019

"‘The Great Society’ has lots of history, not enough bite in play about LBJ’s last years as president"
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AM New York
October 1st, 2019

3/4 Stars "Lyndon B. Johnson play an action-packed drama"
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NY1
October 1st, 2019

"If the play feels overstuffed, it’s still an important history lesson. Schenkkan calls it a tragedy. But the real tragedy is that if we don’t pay enough attention, history is hellbent on repeating itself."
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Theatermania
October 1st, 2019

"'The Great Society' on Broadway and the America LBJ Built: The second part of Robert Schenkkan's history of Lyndon B. Johnson opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theater."
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BroadwayWorld
October 2nd, 2019

"Robert Schenkkan's 'THE GREAT SOCIETY' Takes On The Last Four Years of LBJ's Presidency"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 11th, 2019

"If you weren't alive in the Johnson years, it is a concise and electric summary of the conflicts that led directly to today's divided America. If you were there, be prepared for it to come crashing back, in all its tumult and fury."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 1st, 2019

"In this sequel to the Tony-winning 'All The Way,' Lyndon Johnson's historic and tumultuous Presidency comes off like a dry-as-dust high school textbook."
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New York Stage Review
October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "'A Not So Great Play About LBJ': Troubled 1960s events overwhelm a President and dishearten a drama"
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New York Stage Review
October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "'A Leader in Shades of Gray, in Another Troubled Time': Brian Cox plays LBJ in Robert Schenkkan's sequel to 'All The Way'"
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Theater News Online
October 1st, 2019

"Brian Cox takes on the role of LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s follow-up to All The Way."
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Broadway News
October 1st, 2019

" LBJ receives a lengthy reprise in ‘The Great Society’"
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CurtainUp
October 12th, 2019

"If you invest the time and money to watch Cox's LBJ get all these bills that made America greater than ever passed, I suspect you'll exit the theater fervently hoping that Robert Shenkkan -- or some playwright -- will soon have the facts to write a play to fit the title 'The Rise and Fall of Donald J. Trump.'"
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T
October 27th, 2019

"Less a drama and more a chronological list of the destructive events the plagued his second term in office. Too much information is packed into the nearly three-hour verbal onslaught and none of it is new or delivered in a fresh manner that results in entertainment."
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New York Theater
October 1st, 2019

"A sequel to 'All The Way' that offers some of the same pleasures. It too employs a big cast - 19 actors portraying some 50 characters - for a sweeping lesson in history and politics. It is smoothly directed, competently acted, and often fascinating, But it is ultimately less satisfying."
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C
October 1st, 2019

"Examining practically the entire presidency of LBJ in less than three hours, Schenkkan has crafted a somewhat compelling -- if overstuffed -- play that too often regurgitates well-known history at the expense of a deeper character study of the man in the Oval Office."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 31st, 2019

"The show moves swiftly, only rarely slowing down to catch its breath (and give us a breather from its informational overload), as it races through the multiple crises…So much transpires…that even those who lived through the traumatic times it depicts will have difficulty keeping up with it."
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