To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Jeff Daniels, begins performances on Broadway

Aaron Sorkin's new stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is set for an official opening at Broadway's Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018.

Jeff Daniels

Previews begin at at the Shubert Theatre tonight for the long-in-the-works Broadway production of the Harper Lee classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, newly adapted for the stage by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin. Directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, an official opening night is scheduled for December 13, 2018.

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 cast of To Kill a Mockingbird is led by four-time Golden Globe and two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels (as Atticus Finch), alongside three-time Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (as Scout), Will Pullen (as Jem), 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), with Danny McCarthy, Baize Buzan, Thomas Michael Hammond, Ted Koch, David Manis, Aubie Merrylees, Doron JéPaul Mitchell, Jeff Still, Shona Tucker, and Rebecca Watson.

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. 

Jeff Daniels is best-known for his work on screen in movies such as "Terms of Endearment," "The Hours," "Steve Jobs," "Dumb and Dumber," and "The Martian." On Broadway, he received Tony Award nominations in 2016 for his role in the David Harrower play Blackbird, in which he starred opposite Michelle Williams, and in 2009 for God of Carnage.

To Kill a Mockingbird Tickets are available now for performances through to March 17, 2019.