To Kill a Mockingbird Producers Reach Settlement With Harper Lee; Broadway Production Finds Theatre

Broadway News   To Kill a Mockingbird Producers Reach Settlement With Harper Lee; Broadway Production Finds Theatre
Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation, starring Jeff Daniels, will open December 13.
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Producer Scott Rudin and the estate of late To Kill a Mockingbird novelist Harper Lee have reached an agreement in the ongoing litigation concerning the stage treatment for the upcoming Broadway production of the 1960 literary classic.

“Rudinplay and the Estate of Nelle Harper Lee amicably settled ongoing litigation concerning the upcoming Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird,” read a statement released on behalf of both parties. “The production will proceed on schedule"


Performances will begin November 1 at the Shubert Theatre (the current home of Hello, Dolly!). Opening night is set for December 13.

Jeff Daniels will star as Atticus Finch in the Bartlett Sher-helmed production. The ensemble will also include Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Stephen McKinley Henderson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Frederick Weller, Erin Wilhelmi, Gbenge Akinnagbe, Phyllis Somerville, and Liv Rooth.

Tonja B. Carter, the lawyer representing Lee’s estate, filed suit against the show’s producers, stating that Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin’s script for the production took too many liberties with Lee’s original story and the characters she created. Rudinplay countersued, stating that the litigation was detrimental to the success of the Broadway run. A June trial date had been set.

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