“To Kill a Mockingbird” to Debut on Broadway


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Bella Ninivaggi, Reporter

Exciting news graced the theatre world and literature world when Harper Lee’s infamous “To Kill a Mockingbird” was announced to be produced for the first time on a Broadway stage. Aaron Sorkin, the playwright of the show is excited to bring this piece to Broadway as he he is “very excited by the idea that, as much as we think we’ve evolved, there’s really only been a costume change.” The play is under direction of Barlett Sher, fresh off of his successful revival of “My Fair Lady” which is still on Broadway right now.

Some news that confused and intrigued people were the ages of two of the main characters; Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout in both novel, movie, and now play, are written to be around 10 and 6 years old. However, in the new production, the role of Jem will be played by Will Pullen who is 27 years old, and the role of Scout will be played by Celia Keenan-Bolger who is 40 years old. Jeff Daniels stars as Atticus Finch. 

Playwright also says that there will be some changes to main character Atticus. According to Sorkin, “Atticus’s journey will have deeper resonance.” Atticus will also will also have  more depth.

Previews of the show started in early November and the show officially opens on December 13. The show has already made well over $1 million and is expected to just make more and more. Tickets are available now.