“To Kill a Mockingbird” Won’t Return to Broadway


Writer Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will not return to Broadway. Amidst a wave of Covid infections on Broadway last winter, and after Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch on January 2, The show was put on hiatus on January 16 with the intention of bringing it back later this year. The most recent plan was to reopen on November 2 at the Music Box Theater in New York.

But late Thursday, the drama’s directors Sorkin and Bartlett Sher sent a letter to the cast and crew, saying they were “heartbroken” to announce that the show would not return despite months of planning. . He blamed producer Scott Rudin, who still owns the rights to the play, and who, according to Sorkin and Sher, prevented the play from reopening.

“Bart and I, as well as our agents and lawyers, did everything possible to clear the roadblock and get the drama back on its feet. We couldn’t do that,” Sorkin wrote in the message, obtained by The Washington Post it was done. “[We] Mourning the loss of all the jobs – backstage, and in front of the house – that just disappeared, … We mourn the loss of a great show, and our time to reconnect and reconnect on this extraordinary production The opportunity we all know has changed our lives and the lives of all who have come to see it.”

A resonant ‘Mockingbird’ recalls American racism – and now

Broadway Show, Joe Opened in 2018 at the Schubert Theater, was a pre-pandemic hit. Lee’s beloved novel centered on the trial of Tom Robinson—a black man in 1930s Alabama who was wrongly accused of rape—with an emphasis on Robinson’s attorney Atticus Finch, more nuanced by racism than drama. The play was praised for its handling of the way. source material done. it became Highest-grossing American drama in Broadway history, grossed over $40 million in 27 weeks and was nominated for nine Tony Awards. (Celia Keenan-Bolger Finch’s daughter Scout.) Over the years, the show has gone on a national tour and a production debut in London’s West End.

But more recently, a Broadway production was interrupted by a controversy related to Rudin, who faced allegations of abusive behavior, in a detailed description. The Hollywood Reporter story Last year. In response to the allegations, Rudin withdrew from his productions, including “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Book of Mormon”. Last year, “West Side Story,” also another show produced by Rudin not opened again as planned.

In their letter, Sorkin and Scher stated that Rudin had “reinvented” himself as a producer at the last minute. “For reasons that are clearly incomprehensible to both of us, they prevented the play from being reopened,” he wrote. Rudin attributed the decision to financial concerns, saying in an email to Sorkin and Sher that he “lacked confidence in the atmosphere for plays next winter” and “did not believe a remount of ‘Mockingbird’ would be competitive.” in the market,” according to the New York Times.

Sorkin and the Lions had been working on the show with producer Orrin Wolf, which was established after Rudin left, and whom he credits in his letter with preparing the production to reopen. His relationship with Rudin had soured months earlier. In September, Sorkin reported Vanity Fair that he had experienced his own instances of “bullying upper class” by Rudin, but refrained from commenting further, saying that the producer “got what he deserved.”

In the Hollywood Reporter story, Rudin is described as “unhinged.” The maker is said to have once slammed a computer monitor on an assistant’s hand so hard that it could draw blood—one of several so-called “tantrums” described in the piece.

The truth ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ reveals about white people

Broadway’s decision to discontinue “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not affect the national tour, which came to DC earlier this summerNor will it affect the show at London’s Gilgud Theatre, where it debuted in March this year.

News comes that Lee’s original “To Kill a Mockingbird” story has arrived under scrutinywith some schools removing the book from their curriculum, citing Atticus Finch’s characterization as the “white savior”. In the play, Sorkin splits the narration between three adult characters – Scout, his brother Jem, and their best friend Dill, looking to the past – and creates a more complex portrayal of Finch. The Post’s theater critic, Peter Marx, praised the show when it opened on Broadway, writing that Atticus “has been drenched in its belief in the good of mankind toward a more sober assessment of the limits of human civilization.”

2018. In Interview With The Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin spoke about his changes to the story: “In the book you’ve got a man who has all the answers,” he said, “and in the play you’ve got a man who can answer questions.” Wrestling with.”

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