The Broadway production of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's political drama began previews Feb. 10 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opened to strong reviews March 6. It is directed by Bill Rauch.
The production won Best Play, and star Cranston won Best Actor at the June 8 Tony Awards. Performances are scheduled through June 29.
Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his award-winning performance as Johnson, according to Deadline.com. The network that will air the miniseries is not determined.
Here's how the play is billed: "1963. An assassin’s bullet catapults Lyndon Baines Johnson into the presidency. A Shakespearean figure of towering ambition and appetite, the charismatic, conflicted Texan hurls himself into Civil Rights legislation, throwing the country into turmoil. Alternately bullying and beguiling, he enacts major social programs, faces down opponents and wins the 1964 election in a landslide. But in faraway Vietnam, a troublesome conflict looms. In the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright’s vivid dramatization of LBJ’s first year in office, means versus ends plays out on a broad stage canvas as politicians and civil rights leaders plot strategy and wage war."
Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!