Breaking Broadway: Cranston to Make Debut in “All the Way”

While you were stuffing your face with turkey, here’s what was happening this week In the Wings.

Bryan Cranston’s “All the Way” is opening on Broadway this spring. The new Robert Schenkkan play, directed by Bill Rauch, will begin performances Feb. 10, 2014 at the Neil Simon Theatre, with an official opening slated for March 6. Cranston, of “Breaking Bad” fame, stars as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play about the former president’s first year in office. Michael McKean and Brandon J. Dirden will join Cranston as J. Edgar Hoover and Dr. Martin Luther King, respectively. All three played these roles in a recent mounting of the play at the American Repertory Theater. [More Info]

Carole King doesn’t plan on seeing “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” According to, the 71-year-old singer songwriter attended a reading of the musical and found the material, which depicts King’s relationship with ex-husband Gerry Goffin, “very painful to live through again.” Daughter Sherry Goffin Kondor remains hopeful King will change her mind. Guess that’s one less seat to reserve on opening night, huh? [More Info]

The original Tony-winning Matildas will depart the production “in the next two months.” According to The Wall Street Journal, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon and Milly Shapiro are leaving “Matilda.” They’ll be replaced by actresses the four girls are affectionately calling “Newtildas.” [More Info]

You can cross “The Bridges of Madison County” earlier than expected. The new musical has moved its opening night forward by one week. Previews of the Bartlett Sher-directed show, starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, will now open at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Feb. 20, 2014. Previews being Jan. 17, 2014. [More info]

Broadway celebrated Thanksgiving at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The casts of “Pippin,” “Matilda,” “Motown,” and “Kinky Boots” braved the cold to perform on the NBC broadcast. Check out a taste of what went down with a performance from “Pippin” below:

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