The Great Society at Lincoln Center Begins

  Last modified on November 28th, 2019

The first performance of The Great Society at Lincoln Center was on September 7th, and it will run until November 30th at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. From the producers, writer, and director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production All The Way, this new play will highlight the LBJ legacy. The Great Society will showcase Lyndon Baines Johnson Johnson throughout a prominent era in history.

The production features a cast of over 50 characters. Notably, the cast includes the Emmy award winning actor Brian Cox (who previously starred in King Lear with the Royal Shakespeare Company) as LBJ.

Additional cast members include:

  • Grantham Coleman (Featured in Much Ado About Nothing at The Public) as Martin Luther King Jr
  • Emmy winner Gordon Clapp as J. Edgar Hoover
  • Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (Featured in “Billions,” A Minister’s Wife at LCT) as Richard J. Daley
  • Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (Featured in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) as Robert F. Kennedy.


The Great Society at Lincoln Center captures Johnson’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a just society for all. Following Johnson’s triumph in a landslide election, The Great Society also sheds light on the agonizing decision made against running for re-election just three years later. This was an era that defined history: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and the escalation of the Vietnam War.

The running time of the show is about 2 hours and 45 minutes, and tickets can be purchased online.

American history buffs will enjoy the show that the New York Times calls “Impressive in its scope and surprisingly energetic”.

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