To Kill A Mockingbird
“To Kill a Mockingbird is sure to be Broadway’s most talked-about show” - New York Magazine, 2017
It’s true! Harper Lee’s masterpiece is finally opening on Broadway this December after months of uncertainty and anticipation and it has definitely been the talk of the town. Written during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement and published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel was an immediate and astonishing success. It won the Pulitzer Prize and quickly became a global phenomenon. In a Library of Congress survey on books that have most affected people’s lives, To Kill a Mockingbird was second only to the Bible. In 1999, American librarians named it the “Best Novel of the Twentieth Century.” Now, for the first time ever, Harper Lee’s open-hearted dissection of justice and tolerance in the American South will be brought vividly to life on the Broadway stage. Aaron Sorkin, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and creator of The West Wing and The American President, has written the stage adaptation, which will be directed by Bartlett Sher (My Fair Lady, Oslo, The King and I.)
Based on an event that occurred in Alabama in the 1930s and inspired by Lee’s own childhood, the story centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, to be played by Tony nominee Jeff Daniels. Daniels was nominated for his 2016 performance in Blackbird. He is best known for his roles in Terms of Endearment and most recently, HBO’s The Newsroom, for which he won an Emmy. The unforgettable cast of players also includes Atticus's daughter Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger), her brother Jem (Will Pullen), their visiting friend Dill (Gideon Glick), and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley.
Since being announced in a two-page spread in The New York Times in the fall of 2017, To Kill a Mockingbird has been the subject of a dramatic lawsuit filed by the estate of Ms. Lee against producer Scott Rudin and writer Aaron Sorkin. The estate feared that Sorkin was deviating too much from the novel after he described his as a “different take” on the classic novel. His Atticus would be on a journey from a racist apologist at the start of the show to “become Atticus Finch by the end of the play.” With the roles of Scout, Jem and Dill being played by adults, it will definitely be a fresh perspective. Luckily for us, the lawsuit was settled in May and the team has quickly moved forward with the production.
This gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale is as timely now as it was 58 years ago. It shines a spotlight on honor and injustice in the Deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. Don’t miss it!
Saturday, November 17 @ $325.00 (1 available)
Saturday, December 1 @ $325.00 (Sold Out)
Wednesday, December 12 @ $325.00 (Sold Out)
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Departing at 7:00 am on Saturdays and 6:30am on Saturdays in December and all Wednesdays. (See our Directions page for a map and detailed driving directions.) Diversions’ guides serve a selection of fruit juices, yogurt, muffins, bagels with assorted cheeses, chocolate apricots, coffee, tea and more. En route, you will hear background information on theater, art, cultural events and restaurants in Manhattan. Around 10:15am, our coach stops at the New York Palace on Madison Ave., between 50th & 51st St and then at 57th and Madison. You are free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city until the 2:00pm matinee. At approximately 5pm, the coach picks you up at a designated theater. On the return to Baltimore, we serve an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a Zabar’s dinner accompanied by a compelling video. We estimate an 8:30pm arrival at home.