Ed Harris will star as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway
Harris will succeed Jeff Daniels in the hit Broadway production from November 5, 2019.
Tony and four-time Academy Award nominee Ed Harris will officially take over the iconic role of Atticus Finch in the hit Broadway production of the Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird this fall. It has now been confirmed that three-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels will play his final performance on November 3, 2019, with Mr. Harris assuming the role on November 5.
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 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, 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.
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 principal cast of To Kill a Mockingbird is led by four-time Golden Globe and three-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels (as Atticus Finch), alongside Tony Award winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (as Scout), Will Pullen (as Jem), Tony Award nominee Gideon Glick (as Dill), Frederick Weller (as Bob Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (as Tom Robinson), two-time Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (as Horace Gilmmer), Dakin Matthews (as Judge Taylor), Erin Wilhelmi (as Mayella Ewell), Neal Huff (as Link Deas), Phyllis Somerville (as Ms. Dubose), Liv Rooth (as Miss Stephanie), Danny Wolohan (as Boo Radley), and Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson (as Calpurnia).
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.
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 April 19, 2020.
(Photo by Mike Marsland)