Based on the novel by Harper Lee, Oscar winning producer Aaron Sorkin and Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher bring the famous story To Kill A Mockingbird to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre in New York. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird portrays living conditions in the southern states of the United States during the 1930s and was originally published in 1960 by author Harper Lee, who grew up in Alabama herself. Lee's novel is one of the most beloved classics in world literature and has sold more than forty million copies. The work was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and Robert Mulligan's 1962 film adaptation received three Oscars, with Gregory Peck making film history for his portrayal of Atticus Finch.
Six-year-old Scout and ten 10-year-old Jem are growing up in a very sheltered environment in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama by their single father, Atticus Finch. Their tight-knit community is suddenly shaken by a court hearing against black man named Tom Robinson, and Finch gets pulled into the case as Tom Robinson’s defense lawyer. Because of his involvement in the court proceedings and his willingness to defend a minority, Atticus Finch and his family are consequently treated as pariahs in racially-charged Maycomb. The case pits Tom, wrongly accused of rape, against his white neighbor Bob Ewell. Atticus fights relentlessly for a fair trial, but Tom ultimately gets convicted and is shot during an escape attempt.
When the new Broadway show premiered in December of 2018 on Broadway, it was met with much exhilaration and enthusiasm. It was highly acclaimed by audiences and is expected to be a huge success at the upcoming 2019 Tony Awards.
Cast & Music
TProduced by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, To Kill A Mockingbird opened on December 31, 2018 at the Shubert Theater. In the play, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch is played by American actor Jeff Daniels. Before entering the film business in 1981 with the movie Ragtime, the extremely talented Jeff Daniels had already been working on Broadway. In the mid-1990s he had two of his greatest cinematic successes with the films Speed, alongside Keanu Reeves, and Dumb and Dumber. You might also know Jeff Daniels from a variety of other projects he worked on over the years such as Blood Work, Infamous or Gettysburg.
Much to the delight of literary fans, the Broadway production stays faithful to the mid-century book, and many of the important moral issues raised in its plot, including racism and injustice, seem more pressing and current than ever. Script writer Sorkin stated that "It’s going to be a new look at familiar material. It's going to be an exhilarating night in the theatre.” At the previews, the audience was delighted by the performance and complimented the play with cheers, cries of “Bravo!” and long-lasting applause. Jeff Daniels’ embodiment of Atticus Finch was particularly lauded by the audience. Daniels is no stranger to script writer Aaron Sorkin’s work, having previously collaborated together on the series The Newsroom.
Where To Watch
As the Schubert Theater in New York transforms into in the fictional, small Southern town of Maycomb in the 1930s, slavery and the civil war still appear in the rearview mirror and Broadway enthusiasts are forced to confront stereotypes head-on. Words can’t do this compelling play justice - you simply have to see this Broadway show live to understand its striking power. Don’t miss this chance and get your tickets today.
Harper Lee's 60’s-era novel To Kill a Mockingbird has sold over forty million copies - hardly any novel is read more frequently. With translations existing in more than 40 languages, it is one of the most-read English-language books of all times, and a well-known classic to anyone who has ever sat through a high school literature class.
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