To Kill a Mockingbird is Coming to Broadway

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic piece of American literature. Soon, it will also be a big-time Broadway production. A Broadway producer has picked up the stage rights to Lee’s novel, and a writer and director are already attached to the project.


The story will be brought to the stage by producer Scott Rubin, who has brought in screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Moneyball) to adapt the famous book to the stage. Sorkin considers it a great honor: “To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most revered pieces of 20th century American literature,” he told The New York Times.

Sorkin won’t be the first to adapt Lee’s novel to the stage: playwright Christopher Sergel wrote a version that is frequently performed in schools. That version once made it to the stage in London, but Sorkin’s version will be the first to take the stage on Broadway.

Rubin has also picked his project’s director: Tony award-winning director of the “South Pacific” revival, Barlett Sher. No actors have been cast in the project yet, and the play is still in the early stages of development. It’s expected to premiere in the 2017-18 Broadway season. Rubin also holds rights to produce this new play in London, as well as world touring rights.

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