Bryan Cranston thrills student leaders at matinee

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bryan Cranston may play a powerful U.S. president on Broadway, but he's been outnumbered by about 70 leaders.

The freshly Tony Award-nominated star of "All the Way" joined seven other company actors on Wednesday to answer questions about acting and politics from a large group of class presidents and student council officials from more than 50 New York City public high schools.

Cranston plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's play about L.B.J.'s first bumpy term in office.

The students had been invited to see the play as part of a city Department of Education program. They asked about how much research the actors did, how they got their starts and how lawmakers have changed since the 1960s.

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