On November 25, CBS’ 60 Minutes takes a look at the upcoming Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, penned by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin based on the novel by Harper Lee. Currently in previews, with an official opening set for December 13, 60 Minutes offers a sneak preview of their segment in the video below.
The plays stars Emmy winner and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels in the lead role of Atticus Finch, a white lawyer defending an accused black man in the Jim Crow south. The team behind the production is clear that the play is not the book, and Daniels’ performance is entirely his own. “I'm originating the role as far as I am concerned. There is no movie. There’s a book that we’re basing it on,” he says in the clip.
“Part of our job is to say, ‘Welcome. Put the book down. Put the movie away. We’re going to do the same thing. You’re going to recognize it. But we’re going to take you on a ride,’” says Daniels. “‘You think we’re supposed to go over here? Well we're going over here,’” he says, pointing in the other direction.
When 60 Minutes airs, CBS correspondent Steve Kroft will also share interviews with other actors in the cast and playwright Sorkin, during his visit to the set of the new play at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.