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OSF's All The Way Receives 2 Tony Nominations

OPB | April 29, 2014 3:50 p.m. | Updated: May 3, 2014 11:56 a.m. | Portland

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received its first Tony nomination for a commissioned play.

The Broadway production of OSF’s All The Way has made the short list for Best Play.

Lead actor Bryan Cranston is nominated for Best Actor in a Play.

OSF’s artistic director Bill Rauch, directed both the Ashland and New York productions of All the Way. It’s about President Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act.

Rauch told OPB before the nominations were announced that several things have changed in the Broadway production. Among them: the leading man of TV’s Breaking Bad — Bryan Cranston — plays LBJ in New York.

Jack Willis played the role in Ashland.

Jack Willis, who originated the role of LBJ in the Ashland 2012 Ashland premier. The show has since been staged in Cambridge, and on Broadway, with Bryan Cranston in the lead.

Jack Willis, who originated the role of LBJ in the Ashland 2012 Ashland premier. The show has since been staged in Cambridge, and on Broadway, with Bryan Cranston in the lead.

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“The play would not be enjoying any of its success without Jack Willis,” Rauch said. “He’s a brilliant, brilliant actor. But Bryan Cranston is an equally remarkable actor.”

Rauch says he’s enjoyed how both men interpreted what he calls LBJ’s Shakespearean character.

The OSF Company goes into rehearsal later this month with the sequel, called The Great Society. It’ll premier in July.

The Tony Awards ceremony is June 8.

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