To Kill a Mockingbird returns to Broadway with the original stars

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Broadway AC fans To kill a mockingbird He’ll have fun when the show resumes this fall, with two of the play’s original stars – Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan Bolger – returning.

Producers said Thursday that Daniels and Kenan Bolger will once again play Atticus Finch and his daughter Scout starting October 5. The show will return on that date, more than a year after the pandemic shutdown Broadway and a wave of calls for social justice made the play’s themes more lively.

Kenan Bulger, a Tony Award winner on the show, told The Associated Press that the play’s exploration of the racism rooted in the 1930s has been particularly relevant since the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis. .

“I think since the play was last performed, the story of our country has changed. And what a beautiful gift it is to be part of something that is interested in continuing to go back and investigate the story of who they are as a country and the story that we choose to believe in ourselves and the story we need to change for ourselves.”

“I think it’s an opportunity like this not just to revisit the play, but to reconsider the themes around the play and the book we’re trying to examine in the first place.”

Jeff Daniels poses for a photo at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards Meet the Nominees on Press Day in New York, May 1, 2019. He will return to his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird this fall. (Charles Sykes/Invision/The Associated Press)

A novel by Harper Lee, adapted by Aaron Sorkin

To kill a mockingbird Written by Harper Lee Won a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and has been widely praised as a sensitive portrayal of racial tension in Alabama in the 1930s. At its core lies Atticus Finch, a lawyer who has been called to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman.

Lee’s iconic book was adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for his film screenplay. social network. The play is directed by Bartlett Sher.

Keenan Bolger said she wouldn’t have enjoyed the idea of ​​returning to the show if disgraced producer Scott Rudin were still the lead producer.

During the pandemic shutdown of Broadway, The Hollywood Reporter revealed what Rodin’s crew described For many decades of history of physical and psychological abuse directed against them. In response, Rudin said he was stepping back from his theatrical work, stating that he was “deeply sorry”.

“It was very important to me that Scott Rudin not be a part of the production, either behind the scenes or financially,” said Keenan Bolger. “I don’t think I would have been able to join production again if it was related to that.”

She said she found new lead producer Oren Wolff responding to make sure the cast and crew feel comfortable coming back. Broadway is in the middle of a debate about who gets the chance and how the system works unfairly.

“We have a lot of work to do to make Broadway a better place for everyone. And there will be many different approaches to that work. Some people will say, ‘I want to click and wait for herself together and I can come back when I feel safe.'”

“I think my feeling is that I will engage with it and try to make a place that is just, equitable, and compassionate — that every theater project that I am a part of, that I am dedicated to making those spaces as fair and just and compassionate and anti-racist as possible.”

Tickets are now on sale via Telecharge.

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