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The Great Society

From 278 member  reviews
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. 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.


Member Reviews (278)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

During previews
94
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a history/politics lover especially of the 60’s. Brian Cox was outstanding. Lighting and staging was used to great effect.

Don't see it if you don’t care much about 60’s politics. A lot of history and politics are packed into almost 3 hour. Don’t see if not very interested.

During previews
70
Nicely directed, Disappointing, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the last years of the Johnson presidency. You like documentaries. You like plays that show a sweep of history.

Don't see it if You would expect insight into the character of LBJ - or of his moral dilemmas he faced regarding Viet Nam, the civil rights movement, etc.

Also The director did a good job in holding my interest despite a lack of p... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, In previews

See it if You are a fan of historical and political theatre. The play does not preach any politics, rather than showcase what happened at that time

Don't see it if Not interested in being presented a dramticized historical account

During previews
80
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn some history or remeber it and understand more about what is happening today

Don't see it if you are looking for singing and dancing

Also Looking back at LBJ makes me feel wistful in today's environment but h... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in historical dramas with inventive staging.

Don't see it if you want a lot of depth. This production is beautifully executed - Brian Cox is spectacular. But it doesn't delve quite deep enough!

During previews
89
Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like history and politics well portrayed by a cast of talented performers.

Don't see it if you dont like history and politics.

During previews
100
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if See the performance of the Year by actor Brian Cox as LBJ. Robust, magnificent performance and nonstop power from supporting cast.

Don't see it if Everyone should see this play for its impeccable execution and relevant historical significance.

During previews
72
Epic, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the back story to the headlines in the 60's about the civil rights movement, Viet Nam, why Johnson didn't run again

Don't see it if you're not endlessly curious about the above. There are way too many unnecessary scenes, especially in the second act. Even I could have

Also done a better job of editing this play. Also, Richard Thomas, one of m... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow

See it if you're a politics/history junkie, or you really like Brian Cox. A novel way to learn about LBJ and a fascinating web of 1960's heroes.

Don't see it if you're easily confused. They bill having many characters as a plus, but if you don't know the history, can be hard to track what's going on.

During previews
77
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if if you like historical works and seek insight into the people at the center of important events including the U.S. civil rights struggle.

Don't see it if you know or care little about history and the people who made it -- Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Richard Nixon.

During previews
77
Multi-media, Interesting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if Anyone interested in United States political history will like this. Theme of racism resonate today, and some things never change.

Don't see it if People who need upbeat entertainment might not enjoy this.

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you're a policy wonk, or care about the enormous impact politics and policy have on our lives, and enjoy thinking about real world issues.

Don't see it if you just want vapid entertainment and gags.

During previews
91
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like politics, history, powerful and suspensful drama, fast-paced theatre and excellent acting. Brian Cox is terrific as LBJ.

Don't see it if it will remind you of how little has changed since the tumultuous 60's and it may depress one given our current politics.

During previews
82
Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy history and want to see a legendary performance by Brian Cox

Don't see it if You don’t like historical pieces. You need to know a bit of context to follow it

During previews
80
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This fast-moving dramatization of the relationship between LBJ and MLK is absorbing, with a bombastic performance by Brian Cox.

Don't see it if But the length begins to drag in the second half, which feels at least 15 minutes too long.


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