Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill A Mockingbird has shattered records and already become one of the greatest successes in Broadway history. The adaptation of the classic novel only finished its second week of performances and grossed over $1.7 million according to Variety.
To Kill A Mockingbird hasn’t had an empty seat since opening with capacity being at 100% or more for every performance. The play also has an open-ended run which is a testament to its popularity and reception.
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The story is kept relatively the same. There are a couple of changes (some of which caused a little controversy). An early draft of the script had Atticus Finch drinking whiskey and cursing to the extent that Harper Lee’s estate sued the show’s producers. Sorkin decided to enlarge the role of beloved Finch family caretaker Calpurnia. Overall, the play still captures the spirit of the iconic coming-of-age story that also examines racial injustice against the backdrop of 1934 Alabama.
Adapting To Kill A Mockingbird was a demanding task for Sorkin, who not only had to deal with the author’s estate, but also grapple with the legacy of the classic 1962 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck.
The effort proves to be well worth it as the show continues to thrive commercially and critically. Variety praised Jeff Daniel’s depiction of Atticus as a “strong and searching performance” and called the show an “effective adaptation” while The New York Times labeled it as “beautiful” and “elegiac”.
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