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Stage

Cranston exits Broadway as play sets record

Bryan Cranston left Broadway with a Tony Award and a new record.

The former “Breaking Bad” star ended the run of “All the Way” on Sunday with a huge weekly haul at the box office of $1,623,495, a new milestone for a play during an eight-performance week in the history of Broadway. The average ticket price was $141 and the top premium went for $225.

Robert Schenkkan’s 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. It earned back its $3.9 million costs, just days after celebrating its 100th performance.

It won the best play Tony in June and Cranston as L.B.J. won the best actor in a play statuette.

‘King and I’ revival scheduled for March

Broadway is about to get another king – a revival of the musical “The King and I” starring Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe will join “The Lion King” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.”

Lincoln Center Theater said Monday that the classic romance by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II will begin performances March 12 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

O’Hara, a five time Tony-nominated soprano, will play the starchy English schoolmistress sent to Siam to educate the children of the king. Watanabe will make his U.S. stage debut as the king.

This will be the fourth revival of the 1951 musical. The last time was in 1996 starring Donna Murphy and Lou Diamond Phillips. Yul Brynner had previously played the king three times – 1951, 1977 and 1985.

‘First Wives Club’ reborn as musical

Revenge will be in the air in a few years when a musical version of “The First Wives Club” comes calling on Broadway.

The comedy about a trio of vengeful ex-spouses has been revamped and rewritten for the stage by Emmy Award-nominee Linda Bloodworth Thomason.

The musical will make its debut at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next spring with hopes it can come to Broadway in the 2015-16 season.

‘Take It With You’ taps 2 actresses

James Earl Jones is getting some help with his revival of “You Can’t Take It With You” – Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne and Tony Award nominee Annaleigh Ashford have jumped aboard.

Byrne and Ashford will play sisters in the show, which also will star Kristine Nielsen and Mark Linn-Baker.

Previews will begin in August at the Longacre Theatre, with an official opening set for Sept. 28. Scott Ellis will direct.

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