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‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Broadway Review: Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels Deliver An Atticus For Our Times

To Kill A Mockingbird

When Scout, Jem and Dill take the stage in Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird, they’re not rolling a tire down the sidewalk or peering into the knothole of some old oak tree. The children — played, with no excuses offered or needed, by adults — appear in what seems to be an empty, dilapidated building, maybe an old courthouse fallen into neglect. Justice itself has become a thing of memory, its paint peeling. What really happened that night Bob Ewell died, wonders Scout… Read


Aaron Sorkin Talks ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’: Atticus, Trump And The New Voice That Stirred A Lawsuit – Deadline Q&A

Aaron Sorkin

Several years ago, producer Scott Rudin contacted Aaron Sorkin with an idea that was either bold or insane: A new To Kill A Mockingbird. For the stage. Harper Lee’s beloved 1960 book became a just-as-beloved (maybe more so) 1962 movie that left what could easily be assumed to be an indelible, irreplaceable imprint on our cultural memory. As Sorkin tells Deadline in this interview, he feared a new take on Mockingbird could only be less. Less than the book. Less than the… Read


‘Ruben & Clay Christmas Show’ Review: American Idols Go Caroling And Kitsching On Broadway

For their first Broadway Christmas show, American Idol rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are dreaming of holiday TV variety specials of yore from the likes of Andy Williams, Sonny and Cher and Dean Martin. Holiday lesson: Careful what you wish for. If you’ve watched any of those old specials on retro channels like Get TV this season, you’ll know a small dollop of Christmas kitsch covers a lot of cookie. Ruben and Clay are spreading it wide and thin at the Imperial… Read


‘Avenue Q’ To Exit 15-Year New York Run: Closing Date Announced

Avenue Q, the Tony-winning adult-friendly puppet show that played Broadway for six years before moving to its current Off Broadway home nine years ago, will close April 28, 2019. The departure will leave New York without Kate Monster, Lucy The Slut and the Bad Idea Bears for the first time in 15 years. "We are incredibly proud of the fact that Avenue Q transformed the careers of so many people in our company throughout its run,” said producers Kevin McCollum, Robyn… Read


Tim Headington & Theresa Steele Page Launch Ley Line Shingle; Slate Includes ‘Hugo Cabret’ Stage Musical

Argo and World War Z producer Tim Headington and former music industry exec Theresa Steele Page have launched Ley Line Entertainment, a development, production and financing company that already has a slate of projects across film, TV, theater and music. In the pipeline at launch is a musical based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was turned into the 2011 Martin Scorsese film that Headington produced and which won five Oscars. Selznick is… Read


‘Roseanne’ & ‘Last Man Standing’ Alums Matt Williams & John Pasquin Taking Comedy Off-Broadway

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Williams and John Pasquin, a writing, directing and producing team behind, together or singly, Roseanne, Home Improvement and Last Man Standing, are heading Off Broadway. Pasquin will direct Williams’ comic play Actually, We’re F**ked at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this spring. Previews of the comedy are set to begin Tuesday, February 26, with an official opening on Thursday, March 7. The limited engagement runs through Sunday… Read


Jeff Daniels Pleads The Finch: Broadway’s Atticus On ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, Aaron Sorkin, Film Icons & White Saviors: Deadline Q&A

Jeff Daniels can sense the moments during performances of Broadway’s To Kill A Mockingbird when audiences jump aboard for the Aaron Sorkin ride, when fans of maybe The Newsroom or The West Wing recognize that Atticus or Scout or Calpurnia is about to “roll out a Sorkin,” to launch into one of those trademark ten-sentence runs (the key for an actor, Daniels confides, is that “it’s all one thought”). The new Atticus Finch says he feels theatergoers signing on for the rides… Read


Sara Bareilles Set For ‘Waitress’ Broadway Return; Gavin Creel Will Co-Star In Limited Engagement

Sara Bareilles, Broadway’s Waitress composer and lyricist, will return to the starring role for a limited engagement in January, launching the hit musical production’s third year. Though the Tony- and Grammy-nominated Bareilles wrote the show’s music, she did not originate the role of the pie-baking Jenna (that was Jessie Mueller), but Bareilles has taken the Waitress center stage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for two previous and very popular stints. The first was in… Read


Faye Dunaway Announces Return To Broadway As Katharine Hepburn

Faye Dunaway is coming back to Broadway. And she’ll be playing Katharine Hepburn. In a brief and surprise announcement, producer Ben Feldman dropped the news that Dunaway, after an absence of more than 35 years from the Broadway stage, will play Hepburn in the Broadway premiere next summer of playwright Matthew Lombardo’s one-woman-play Tea at Five. The play, in a new version by Lombardo written for this production, will be directed by the Tony-nominated John Tillinger. Te… Read


‘King Kong’s Leading Man: Broadway’s Eric William Morris Talks Growling Apes, Snarling Critics & Life As A Squip

When Broadway’s King Kong opened earlier this month, critics did their best to one-up Beauty on how to kill a Beast. Big, hairy gloom might have settled over the cast following the show’s Nov. 8 opening, particularly after the publication of a New York Times pan that was unorthodox, if not downright bizarre. In place of a traditional review, Times critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green published their back and forth conversation, taking turns lobbing brickbats. (“Ugh,” said… Read


Neil LaBute Sets Off Broadway Debuts Of Three One-Act Plays

Neil LaBute

EXCLUSIVE: Neil LaBute will premiere three new one-act plays Off Broadway in January as the St. Louis Actors' Studio returns to New York for its fourth theater festival named for the Reasons to Be Pretty playwright. LaBute himself will direct the world premiere of one of the plays: Unlikely Japan, starring Billions actress Gia Crovatin. The other two plays, written by LaBute, are the world premiere of Great Negro Works of Art, directed by John Pierson and starring KeiLyn… Read


Tony Award-Winning Musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Will Be Universal Pictures, Marc Platt Film; ‘Wonder’s Stephen Chbosky May Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Last year’s multiple Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen which won not only Best Musical but Best Lead Actor and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Ben Platt and Rachel Bay Jones, respectively, is on its way to becoming a film. Stephen Chbosky, who directed last year’s sleeper worldwide box office hit Wonder, has been in conversations to direct, and negotiations have just begun. There is no start date as yet. The story that explores the themes of… Read