Broadway: Will Mockingbird not fly?
One of the year’s most anticipated Broadway plays might never get off the ground, said Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson in The New York Times. Harper Lee’s estate filed suit last week to stop production of an adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, claiming that Aaron Sorkin’s rewrite damages the image of Atticus Finch, the attorney hero of the 1960 novel. Sorkin, a celebrated screenwriter, had admitted in an interview that the adaptation offered “a different take” on the iconic 1930s Southern lawyer, making Finch a man whose views on race become admirable only as the drama plays out. The play’s producer, Scott Rudin, appears ready to fight for Sorkin’s version. “I can’t and won’t present a play that feels like it was written in the year the book was written,” he said. For now, previews remain scheduled to begin in November. ■