Broadway News: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Play on Hiatus Until June; Re-Opens at The Belasco Theatre)

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by Tony Frankel on January 14, 2022

in Theater-New York


Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the best play I’ve seen on Broadway in years — and the most successful American play in Broadway history — will conclude the current leg of its incredible run at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre this Sunday, but it will reopen one block east at the Belasco Theatre on Wednesday, June 1. This way, it can have an unrestricted run. (Since performances began on Thursday, November 1, 2018, the production has not played to an empty seat, with capacity remaining over 100% for every performance.) Greg Kinnear, who had just stepped into the lead role, will resume his performances as Atticus Finch.

In the meantime, Mockingbird, directed with grace and earnestness by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, begins in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre on March 10, 2022, starring Rafe Spall. Then, a coast-to-coast National Tour begins on March 27, 2022, starring Richard Thomas aAtticus. Tickets will be available soon via Telecharge or at 212 239 6200. For more info, visit Mockingbird/Broadway.

On February 26, 2020, the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird gave a history-making performance of the play at Madison Square Garden, for 18,000 New York City school kids. This was the largest single performance of a theatrical work in the history of world theater.

Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, played by Kinnear. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley.

Greg Kinnear went from small screen to big with his acclaimed performance in the Sydney Pollack remake of Sabrina, opposite Harrison Ford, and followed that dazzling turn with his Academy Award-nominated role in the James L. Brooks comedy, As Good as It Gets. He burnished his star in such films as You’ve Got Mail, Mystery Men, Nurse Betty, We Were Soldiers, Auto Focus, The Gift, Someone Like You, Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, and on television most recently in House of Cards. Mr. Kinnear can next be starring opposite Courteney Cox in the Starz comedy series Shining Vale as well as opposite Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser in the Apple drama series In With The Devil.

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