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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)


Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant
Avg Score

During previews
Confusing, Surface, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You know nothing about the 60s and want to have a very surface understanding of the Johnson administration.

Don't see it if If you are hoping for a well developed character study of LBJ. The pay feels like a 3 hour news real.

During previews
A long slog that fails to engage

See it if You are looking for a primer about why the Johnson Presidency ultimately foundered

Don't see it if You are looking for interesting character development, dramatic tension, or an engaging plot.

Also Play is ill-conceived and poorly executed. Scenes that should have bee... Read more Read less

During previews
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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