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. More…
From the show:
From the producer, writer, and director of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway production, All The Way, comes a thrilling new play about the LBJ legacy: The Great Society. Presented at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, this striking production features a brilliant cast portraying over fifty characters, including Emmy® and Olivier Award winner Brian Cox (“Succession,” King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company) as LBJ, Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (“Billions,” A Minister’s Wife at LCT) as Richard J. Daley, Grantham Coleman (Much Ado About Nothing at The Public) as Martin Luther King Jr., and Tony nominee Richard Thomas (The Little Foxes) as Hubert Humphrey.
See it if Competent historical drama of LBJ's turbulent 60's presidency Many of NYC"s finest stage actors elevate this docu-drama above the mundane
Don't see it if While it's basically a high-toned dramatized civics lesson.such a torpid portrayal of these volatile events is a major misfire
See it if you want to relive or understand for the first time the struggles in the country and the people who shaped important national initiatives.
Don't see it if you are looking to be entertained - there are a few laughs around LBJ's frank talk, but this is a review of a tough period & serious issues.
See it if Large cast of characters depict the backdrop to the nadir years of 36th's presidency. Part 2 reminds that Americans always survive politics.
Don't see it if Witnessed. Endured. Enjoyed? "Brian" spelled w/o the "Y" isn't going "All the Way." Documentary-dry similar to the superior "Stuff Happens."
See it if V. interesting. If you are older, to be reminded of that time in history. For younger people a great way to gain some insight into that time
Don't see it if Somewhat hard to follow. They make every effort to introduce each person, but with people playing multiple parts, it is sometimes confusing.
See it if Weren't born, or need jolt of where was I during major happenings of the LBJ era, 2 compare/contrast truisms of politics from then 2 now
Don't see it if no interest in history or avoiding mistakes of the past, have nothing 2 learn, can't be bothered with the body politic, would rather sleep
See it if But it's a good choice for those unfamiliar with LBJ. Didn't grab me as "All The Way" did. Unfocused script and too much milling around.
Don't see it if I liked Brian Cox but he was too short & the accent was wrong. Coleman was too tall for MLK & his voice was wrong too. Pinkham's RFK was AOK
See it if Interested in the last years of LBJ presidency. Well staged with great projections.
Don't see it if 2nd act bogs down after excellent 1st act. At times feels like a history lesson, hitting most of the issues, but not offering new insights.
Also Saw an early preview. Needs tightening.
See it if If you are into history, specifically US history, if you are interested in politics, specially LBJ and his views on society.
Don't see it if History, politics and/or LBJ are not for you, or if you would be disappointed by the presentation of the ugliness behind great ideas.
See it if you enjoy powerful political plays, invested in goals and flaws of America's "system," or want to watch a stunning cast of seasoned actors.
Don't see it if uninterested in 1960s American politics, (of racial discord, Vietnam, violence), you need an “easy” show, or you dislike 3-hour-dramas.
See it if you want to gain an understanding of the LBJ era. Large cast w/some memorable performances. Great use of visual media.
Don't see it if you abhor violence depicted on stage and don't really care about LBJ and our involvement in last century events.
See it if You are interested in a character study of LBJ dealing with civil rights, domestic programs and the Vietnam War during his presidency.
Don't see it if You are not interested in historical dramas that pack in a lot of events.
See it if Masterful sequel about events in presidency of LBJ,particularly civil rights,voting act,medicare,Vietnam war.Great performances by all.
Don't see it if Historical plays are of disinterest to you. It touches on many significant events in our lifetime.
See it if you want to learn about LBJ's presidency in 3 hrs. Strong performances (esp. Cox), but densely-packed drama tries to do too much. Too long.
Don't see it if no interest in 1960s US politics/history. Compelling, but undermined by length/scope. Tries for KING LEAR, but is History Channel instead.
See it if You are a political junkie. Like Brian Cox, Richard Thomas, Bryce Pinkerton, Mark Kudisch. Liked ALL THE WAY.
Don't see it if You are impatient or easily bored by tales of political history.
See it if you are a history buff and want to learn more about LBJ and the civil rights movement/Vietnam. The first act is fantastic.
Don't see it if you do not like plays that are 3 hours long. The second act is super disappointing following a great act 1.
See it if you are interested in Lyndon Johnson's presidency and the mid to late 1960s, in general. Major figures of the time are well-portrayed.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in this period. The play is dense and ambitious with a lot of characters and scenes. Probably too many. Runs too long.
See it if you want to see a show that depicts Lyndon Johnson time in the White House with over 50 characters. It shows how challenging his job was.
Don't see it if you did not live though this time period you might find it difficult to understand all the complexities - the plays has lots of plots.
See it if You like political theater or want to see a part of history reenacted on the stage by talented actors.
Don't see it if You don't like politics or history, want deep character development or dynamic staging that changes dramatically between scenes.
See it if you want to learn mid-to-late 60s history or brag at the water cooler that you saw Brian Cox play LBJ & Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey.
Don't see it if unless you want to see a big & talented cast & well-done sets put to poor use with little dramatic effect in a 3-hour marathon.
See it if See the history of LBJ's time as President and the problems that existed at onset of Viet Nam & desegregatio Cast & ensemble were excellent
Don't see it if If you do not like history or politics. Have painful memories of Viet Nam & desegregation issues
See it if you want to see a shameful part of American history that is being slowly forgotten as well as a master class in acting by the entire cast
Don't see it if you are triggered by racism or violence or are looking for an easy answer and a show all wrapped up neatly at the end