The play To Kill a Mockingbird will not be making a comeback to Broadway! Yes, you read that right. Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaption of Harper Lee’s beloved coming-of-age novel, will unfortunately not be returning to Broadway.
Continue reading further to figure out the reason behind the cancellation of the acclaimed play To Kill a Mockingbird.
What is the reason behind the cancelation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’?
It has been reported that both the playwright Aaron Sorkin and director Bartlett Sher are blaming the original lead producer Scott Rudin for the cancellation of the play To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway.
As per the emails acquired by The New York Times, Aaron and Bartlett had informed the cast and crew of the play about its cancellation late yesterday.
According to the media outlet, Sher and Sorkin wrote, “At the last moment, Scott reinserted himself as producer and for reasons which are, frankly, incomprehensible to us both, he stopped the play from reopening.” They continued and said they “mourn the loss of all the jobs — onstage, backstage, and front of house — that just disappeared.”
In the email, Rudin penned, “The reason I opted not to bring back TKAM has to do with my lack of confidence in the climate for plays next winter. I do not believe that a remount of Mockingbird would have been competitive in the marketplace.”
Scott further added, “It’s too risky and the downside is too great. I’m sorry you’re disappointed. It’s the right decision for the long life of the show.”
When did the play ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ first premiere?
The stage play To Kill a Mockingbird first saw the light of the day on Broadway in the year 2018. The play opened at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018, and it made a comeback to Broadway in Fall 2021 with original star Jeff Daniels.
Soon afterward, Jeff said his goodbyes to the play on January 2, and around the same time, the makers of the show made a big decision while pondering over the resurgent pandemic. At that point, the producers of the play decided to temporarily close the show on January 16.
Then, the producers planned to reopen the show on June 1 but that never panned out the way it was supposed to and the show will not be returning at all.
What is the play ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ all about?
For those of you who are unversed, let us tell you To Kill a Mockingbird is a 2018 play based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Harper Lee. It was adapted by Aaron Sorkin for the stage.
The show chronicles the story of a lawyer in 1930s Alabama named Atticus Finch. He defends Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape. To date, it is considered one of the most successful plays of all time.
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