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Bryan Cranston delivers LBJ’s outsize presence in ‘All the Way’

Bryan Cranston stars as President Johnson in American Repertory Theater’s production of “All the Way.”
Bryan Cranston stars as President Johnson in American Repertory Theater’s production of “All the Way.”Credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

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CAMBRIDGE — Star power? “All the Way” has plenty of it. Bryan Cranston will understand it’s a compliment to say the charisma on display is Lyndon Baines Johnson’s, not his.

Even in politics-obsessed Massachusetts, it’s difficult to imagine that the American Repertory Theater would have sold out the entire run of a three-hour play about Johnson’s presidency without “Breaking Bad” star Cranston in the lead. (Only standing-room tickets remain for performances at the Loeb Drama Center through Oct. 12, and there’s talk of a move to Broadway.)

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