Yoichi Okamoto


All the Way

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 7-28
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Oct. 8-29
2 p.m.

History Theatre’s season opener comes to St. Paul via the Great White Way, where it won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play and also earned a Tony for Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston. In All the Way, Cranston played President Lyndon B. Johnson, one of three key figures working to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. As in real life, here Johnson collaborates with Martin Luther King Jr. and Hubert H. Humphrey, the Minnesota senator who would later become Johnson’s VP. Also part of the conversation is NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, who grew up in St. Paul and deserves a better monument than the brick-clad barn of an auditorium that now bears his name. Reviews of the New York production praised Cranston for giving life to Robert Schenkkan’s dense and talky script. In director Ron Peluso’s new production, that job will fall to Pearce Bunting, who’s no stranger to meaty roles on local stages. Shawn Hamilton (seen recently in the Guthrie’s Royal Family) will play MLK, with HHH embodied by Andrew Wheeler, who shone as Pastor Paul in Walking Shadow’s acclaimed production of The Christians.