Creative includes: Harper Lee, author; Aaron Sorkin, playwright; Scott Rudin, producer; Bartlett Sher, director
Cast includes: Jeff Daniels (Atticus Finch), Tanya Richardson Jackson (Calpurnia), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Scout Finch), Will Pullen (Jem Finch), Gideon Glick (Dill Harris), Frederick Weller (Bob Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Tom Robinson), Stark Sands (Horace Gilmer), Dakin Matthews (Judge Taylor), Erin Wilhelmi (Mayella Ewell), Danny McCarthy (Sheriff Heck Tate), Neal Huff (Link Deas), Phyllis Somerville (Mrs. Henry Dubose), Liv Rooth, Danny Wolohan, and more.
This production resulted in a deep discussion among the three of us viewing this production during early previews. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation creates an experience with several important differences from the book and/or movie that we have known for years, and he’s given many interviews explaining why. For some, these changes may create a less enjoyable experience, while others accept these changes. But what we can agree on is that the story stands as a relevant drama. A different Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson, and Calpurnia, beautifully portrayed by Jeff Daniels, Gbenga Akinnagbe, and Tanya Richardson Jackson as well as differences in the trial, the narration split between the three children (controversially played by adults), and a slightly different but more timely message. Perhaps it should titled, “Not Quite the Mockingbird You Remembered: Based on Characters Created by Harper Lee.” See it, enjoy it, and let us know your thoughts.
Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street)
Running time 2 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission.