The Breaking Bad actor has left his indelible mark on Broadway
Having just come off a hugely popular, award winning, ratings behemoth of a TV show, Bryan Cranston applied his talents to Broadway. And his magic touched worked there, too.
Cranston holds aloft his Tony Award for his work on 'All The Way'
The play – written by Robert Schenkkan - explores President Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year in office, concentrating on his fight for re-election and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Financially, it was a huge hit, earning back its $3.9 million costs soon after the cast and crew were celebrating a centenary of performances.
The production, which played to sold-out, standing-room crowds in its final week, was a record breaker, too, taking in $1,623,495 for the week ending June 29. That broke records for the highest amount ever generated by a straight play in one eight-performance week in the history of Broadway.
Critically, the show matched its financial achievements with gusto. It received four nominations for the 2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play, Outstanding Director Of A Play and Outstanding Actor In A Play before taking home the pinnacle of Broadway gongs: The Tony awards for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.
But Cranston will always be remembered for his ‘role of a lifetime’ as Walter White, the chemistry teacher turned meth cook in AMC’s Breaking Bad. His turn as the desperate anti-hero, alongside Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Dean Norris, won him numerous accolades and put him alongside Tony Sopranos, Omar, Rick Grimes and Don Draper as America’s leading box-set characters.
But the show’s legacy doesn’t stop there: AMC are in the throws of a Breaking Bad spin-off starring Bob Odenkirk as the titular Saul in Better Call Saul – a comedy drama surrounding the life of Walt and Jesse’s criminal – criminal ¬– lawyer. And rumors still suggest that Cranston and Paul may hop in for a cameo at one point or another.