Academy Award-nominated actor Greg Kinnear is poised to become Broadway’s next Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, succeeding Ed Harris who departs the production on April 19, 2020. Kinnear, who will be making his Broadway debut in Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, joins the production currently playing at the Shubert Theatre on April 21, 2020.
Greg Kinnear first came to national attention as the first host of the popular television show Talk Soup, which he hosted from 1991 to 1995. After hosting a late night talk show in 1994, Kinnear turned to film where he appeared in such flicks as Sabrina (1995), Dear God (1996), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Mystery Men (1999), Nurse Betty (2000), We Were Soldiers (2002), Stuck on You (2003), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Baby Mama (2008), among many others. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor for his turn as Simon Bishop in the 1997 film As Good As it Gets starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
The news of Kinnear’s casting arrives as the current cast of the Broadway hit (led by Harris) prepares to give a history-making performance of the play at Madison Square Garden, for 18,000 New York City school kids on February 26, 2020. Filmmaker Spike Lee will emcee the event, the largest single performance of a theatrical work in the history of world theatre.
To Kill a Mockingbird, which is directed by Bartlett Sher, will launch its coast-to-coast National Tour on August 25th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, starring Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch; and will begin performances in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre on May 21st, starring BAFTA Award winner Rhys Ifans as Atticus Finch.
“Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch, played byHarris. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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