Aaron Sorkin Bringing Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway

News   Aaron Sorkin Bringing Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird is headed to Broadway.

Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, the play about a small-town lawyer in the deep South who defends a black man accused of rape is aiming to open in the 2017-18 season.

Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin

No theatre, cast or specific dates were announced.

Sorkin is perhaps best known for writing scripts to the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network" and the Emmy-winning TV series "The West Wing." But he first came to prominence as author of another courtroom drama, Broadway's A Few Good Men (1989), which was adapted as a successful film as well. He returned to Broadway in 2007 with The Farnsworth Invention, about the battle to create and control television in its earliest days.

Sher has directed both musicals (Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I) and plays (Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!) on Broadway.

Produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, this To Kill a Mockingbird is unrelated to the one done in London in 2013 and at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis in 2015, which was adapted by Christopher Sergel.

Rudin's Broadway track record of prestige projects includes Stephen Sondheim's Passion, Edward Albee's The Goat: or Who Is Sylvia?, John Patrick Shanley's Doubt, The Book of Mormon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, all of them Tony winners. He has five productions on Broadway this season: King Charles III, A View From the Bridge, The Humans, Blackbird and Shuffle Along. His upcoming slate includes Hello, Dolly!

Tickets are not yet on sale.

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