Ed Harris & more debut in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway
Harris assumes the leading role of Atticus Finch in the smash hit Broadway stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
As Aaron Sorkin's record-breaking stage adapation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird enters its second year at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway, the production welcomes a brand new cast led by Tony and four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris as Atticus Finch.
New cast members joining Mr. Harris on stage are Nina Grollman (as Scout Finch), Nick Robinson (as Jem Finch), Taylor Trensch (as Dill Harris), Kyle Scatliffe (as Tom Robinson), Patricia Conolly (as Mrs. Henry Dubose), Manoel Felciano (as Horace Gilmer), LisaGay Hamilton (as Calpurnia), Russell Harvard (as Link Deas and Boo Radley), Christopher Innvar (as Sheriff Heck Tate), Eliza Scanlen (as Mayella Ewell), M. Emmet Walsh (as Judge Taylor), and William Youmans (as Mr. Roscoe and Dr. Reynolds).
In addition, original cast member Neal Huff switches roles to Bob Ewell tonight and original cast member Ted Koch takes on the role of Mr. Cunningham, whilst Liv Rooth remains in the role of Miss Stephanie.
Newcomers to the ensemble include Rosalyn Coleman, Gene Gillette, Luke Smith, and Yaegel T. Welch, who join original cast members Rebecca Watson, Aubie Merrylees, David Manis, Baize Buzan, Steven Lee Johnson, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.
To Kill a Mockingbird, newly adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin and directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, began previews at at the Shubert Theatre on November 1, 2018, ahead of an official opening on December 13, and it currently holds the record as the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history.
Based on an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama in the 1930s, Harper Lee’s story of racial injustice and the destruction of childhood innocence centers on small-town lawyer and single father Atticus Finch (modeled after Lee’s father, attorney Amasa Lee), his young daughter Scout, her older brother Jem, and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur 'Boo' Radley. Written during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement - at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many Southernstates - Lee's novel held a mirror to the culture of racism of the Deep South.
The creative team behind To Kill a Mockingbird features original music by Adam Guettel, scenic design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
Ed Harris returns to Broadway for the first time since 1996's Taking Sides. He previously made his Broadway debut and earned his first Tony Award nomination in 1986 for Precious Sons. He has appeared more regularly off-Broadway, most recently starring in The New Group's productions of Good for Otto in 2018, Buried Child in 2016, and The Jacksonian in 2013. He is best known for his screen career, which includes Oscar-nominated performances in "The Hours," "Pollock," "The Truman Show," and "Apollo 13," and Emmy-nominated roles in "Westworld," "Game Change," and "Empire Falls." Other notable screen credits include "Appaloosa," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "A Beautiful Mind," "Enemy at the Gates," "The Rock," "Nixon," and "Jacknife."
To Kill a Mockingbird is produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin, Barry Diller, and Lincoln Center Theater.
To Kill a Mockingbird Tickets are available now for performances through September 6, 2020.
(Ed Harris photo by Mike Marsland)