The first national tour of Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird launched March 27 at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. The production is currently playing the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C., through July 10.
Emmy winner Richard Thomas (The Waltons, The Little Foxes) stars as Atticus Finch with Melanie Moore as Scout Finch; Jacqueline Williams as Calpurnia; Justin Mark as Jem Finch; Yaegel T. Welch as Tom Robinson; Steven Lee Johnson as Dill Harris; and Mary Badham, an Oscar nominee for playing Scout in the 1962 To Kill a Mockingbird film, as Mrs. Dubose.
Watch highlights from the production in the video above.
The cast also includes Joey Collins as Bob Ewell, Richard Poe as Judge Taylor, Luke Smith as Horace Gilmer, Arianna Gayle Stucki as Mayella Ewell, David Christopher Wells as Sheriff Heck Tate, Anthony Natale as Link Deas, Liv Rooth as Miss Stephanie, Travis Johns as Boo Radley, and ensemble members Morgan Bernhard, Denise Cormier, Christopher R Ellis, Stephen Elrod, Glenn Fleary, Maeve Moynihan, Daniel Neale, Dorcas Sowunmi, and Greg Wood.
Welch, Johnson, Smith, Rooth, and Fleary joined the tour from the recent Broadway production.
Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird played its final performance at Broadway's Shubert Theatre January 16. The acclaimed production is scheduled to reopen at Broadway's Belasco Theatre on a date to be announced with Greg Kinnear returning to the role of Atticus Finch.
Directed by Bartlett Sher, the adaptation of Harper Lee's novel officially opened December 13, 2018. The production recouped its original investment in 19 weeks after opening.
Tony nominee Jeff Daniels (Sorkin's The Newsroom) originally took on the central role of Atticus Finch in the staging, which frames the Alabama-set story as a memory play as Scout recalls the 1930s trial in which her father defended a Black man accused of raping a white girl. Celia Keenan-Bolger won a Tony Award creating the role of Scout on Broadway. Read opening night reviews here.
To Kill a Mockingbird began performances November 1, 2018, at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. On February 26, 2020—a few weeks before the Broadway shutdown—the Broadway cast gave a history-making free performance at Madison Square Garden in front of 18,000 New York City school children. Mockingbird subsequently resumed performances at Broadway's Shubert October 5, 2021.
To Kill a Mockingbird is designed by Miriam Buether, with costumes by Ann Roth, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sound by Scott Lehrer, an original score by Adam Guettel, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, hair and wig design by Campbell Young Associates, casting by The Telsey Office, and design adaptation and supervision by Edward Pierce. The national tour is produced by Barry Diller.
For more information, including the current itinerary, visit ToKillaMockingbirdBroadway.com.
Check out production photos from the tour below: