Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch in the Broadway play To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Aaron Sorkin

Mockingbird to Fly Across the Country

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that the critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, currently dazzling and inspiring Broadway audiences, will launch a national tour. Commencing in our nation’s capital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in August of 2020, the tour of Aaron Sorkin’s play will be on the road for two years. Casting and additional cities to be announced in the near future.

Deborah Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, commented, “We are thrilled to be launching the national tour of Aaron Sorkin’s extraordinary new play. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the great American treasures, and it is an honor to be presenting it in the nation’s cultural center.”

In partnership with the Educational Theatre Association and as a special event of “Theatre in Our Schools Month”, Mr. SorkinJeff Daniels, and members of the Broadway cast of To Kill A Mockingbird are taking the play to Washington, DC on April 2, 2019, for an unprecedented special presentation at the Library of Congress. A special guest for the occasion will be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, appearing alongside Dr. Carla Diane Hayden, Librarian of Congress (the first woman in our nation’s history to hold the coveted position). Additionally, the production is excited to present DemocracyWorks essay winner, high school senior Brannon Evans of Omaha, Nebraska, with a $10,000 college scholarship at a dinner the preceding evening, made possible through a grant to the Educational Theatre Foundation.

“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. The cast of characters includes Atticus’s daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker, Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley, and the other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama from the novel.”

To Kill and Mockingbird has proven to be one of Broadway’s biggest hits of the season. Both a critical darling and an audience favorite, the powerful production holds the Shubert Organization’s box office record for the highest weekly gross of any Broadway play in the organization’s history. The show began performances on Thursday, November 1, 2018, To Kill a Mockingbird has played to 100% capacity (or greater).

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. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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