To Kill A Mockingbird Is Coming To Broadway
Half a century after its story first came to life on the page, To Kill A Mockingbird will receive new life once again. Since its debut, it has been made into a film and even recently received a sequel, billed as a prequel, titled Go Set A Watchman. However, despite the countless years since this story first entered our lives, it has managed to remain prominent as one we continue to tell and pass down from generation to generation. That tradition continues with today’s exciting news but in a very new format. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird will be adapted for the Broadway stage in a brand new production!
Scott Rudin is bringing another classic to Broadway. However, this time it will be no revival but instead a debut. Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin is adapting To Kill A Mockingbird for the Broadway stage. The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (Pictured Right), who is currently represented on Broadway with the critically acclaimed Fiddler On The Roof and the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival of The King And I. Rudin will produce the new work which is hoping to premiere during the Broadway 2017-18 season. Casting, a theatre or exact dates for the show’s premiere have not been announced yet.
Aaron Sorkin (Pictured Left) is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright. Sorkin has created countless works both on the stage and screen and is well-known for his writing and creations in both worlds. On the screen, he was the screenwriter for the Oscar-winning film The Social Network. He is also the creator, screenwriter and executive producer of the Emmy-winning television series The West Wing, which ran on television from 1999-2006. Most recently, he was the screenwriter for the film Steve Jobs based off of the book by Walter Isaacson of the same name. You may also recognize his work as creator, screenwriter and executive producer of The Newsroom television series which ran from 2012-14. On the stage, Sorkin is best known for penning A Few Good Men, which also adapted into a success film, as well as The Farnsworth Invention.
Producer Scott Rudin noted that this Broadway version of the show is brand new and is not related to the To Kill A Mockingbird stage production seen in London in 2013 or Minneapolis in 2015.
Luner Lowdown: To Kill A Mockingbird is my favorite book I’ve ever read. It has been since I first picked up the novel in high school years ago and I’ve always mentioned a stage production of the story on such a large-scale was deeply needed. This book is not only a favorite for myself but many others and is read by almost every young adult in schools around the nation. It follows a lawyer in a town in the deep south as he defends a African American man accused of rape. The story is excellent and it’s teachings are priceless. I could think of countless quotes this book holds, but I’ll spare you (But have included a tasting below). The story was turned into a film as well featuring Gregory Peck (Pictured Above Right). A stage production about this story and a need for understanding between different people and cultures could not come to Broadway at a better time. I hope schools will also have the chance to experience this classic in its stage life on Broadway in the coming years and see first hand how stories can be translated into different forms of entertainment for different audiences.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as To Kill A Mockingbird heads to the Broadway stage at last. As mentioned above, with an expected starting in the 2017-18 season, we will still have plenty of time to learn about this new production and all its details. Tickets for the production are not yet on sale. At this time, new official website or social media for the production exists. We will update you as soon as they do. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!