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Closed November 30, 2019

Cox, whose sublime swings from bullishness and crippling guilt capture the real Johnson's volatile moods

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The Follow Up To The Tony Award Winning Play, All The Way

Brian Cox stars as Lyndon B. Johnson

A companion to the 2014 Tony Award winning play All The Way, Broadway opens its doors and shines a light on the 36th President of the United States in Robert Schenkkan's sequel production, The Great Society. Bill Rauch, who directed All The Way, will return with the same passion in directing The Great Society.

Schenkkan's first piece depicted the 36th President's efforts on the Civil Rights Act in 1964, this upcoming limited engagement of The Great Society will play out the tumultuous events which led to the conclusion of Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidency. 

What is the great society about?

Follow the triumph and downfall of Johnson's attempt to build a great society for all, and the landslide election which caused him to make the agonizing decision not to run for presidency three years later. Witness what happened in the era that changed America's history forever: the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the creation of America's social programs and how Johnson was at the center of it all. 

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Previews from: 6 September 2019

Opening night: 1 October 2019

Run time

Two hours and 40 minutes, including intermission

Cast and Creative


Brian Cox as Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey
Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley
Grantham Coleman as Martin Luther King Jr. 
Gordon Clapp as J. Edgar Hoover
Bryce Pinkham as Robert F. Kennedy
Frank Wood as Senator Everett Dirksen
David Garrison as Richard Nixon
Barbra Garrick as Ladybird Johnson
Marchant Davis as Stokely Carmichael
Brian Dykstra as Adam Walinsky
Ty Jones as Reverend Ralph Abernathy
Christopher Livingston as James Bevel
Angela Pierce as Pat Nixon
Matthew Rauch as Robert McNamara
Nicole Salter as Coretta Scott King
Tramell Tillman as Bob Moses

Ted Deasy and Robyn Kerr


Written by Robert Schenkkan
Directed by Bill Rauch
Set design by David Korins
Costume design by Linda Cho
Lighting design by David Weiner
Composition and sound by Paul James Prenderghast
Projections by Victoria Sagady

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MelB: “Skip it”

It’s way too long, way too dreary and in the end, depressing and pointless.... more

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