LBJ Story 'All The Way' Wins the Tony for Best Play

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Robert Schenkkan's "All The Way" has won the Tony Award for best play.

Starring Bryan Cranston, the play focuses on President Lyndon B. Johnson's first year in office and explores both his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Schenkkan, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his epic "The Kentucky Cycle," also co-wrote the feature film "The Quiet American." His TV credits include "The Pacific" and "The Andromeda Strain."

"All The Way" made its debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then jumped to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A second part, called "The Great Society," is due to make its debut at the festival this year.

It beat out "Act One," ''Casa Valentina," ''Mothers and Sons" and "Outside Mullingar."

Cranston also captured the prize for best actor in a play on Sunday at the 68th annual Tony Awards, Broadway's top honors, and actress Audra McDonald made history, winning her sixth Tony as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill."

Cranston, a multiple Emmy winner for his role in television's "Breaking Bad," had been a favorite for his portrayal of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way," Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's acclaimed play.

"All the Way" was his Broadway debut.

With her best actress award, McDonald became the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She also tied with the late actress Julie Harris, who also had six wins, including a special lifetime achievement award.

With tears streaming down her face, a trembling McDonald thanked her parents and family and the women who came before her.

"I want to thank all the shoulders of the strong and brave and courageous women that I am standing on," she said. "And most of all Billie Holiday. You deserve so much more than you were given when you were on this earth."

 

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