New in 2018 Jeff Daniels stars in Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning semi-autobiographical novel about racial injustice in a small Alabama town in the mid 1930s.
From the producers: Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, "To Kill a Mockingbird" features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on herself, has come to define youthful innocence – and its inevitable loss – for generation after generation of readers around the world.
Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" was an immediate and astonishing success. It won the Pulitzer Prize and quickly became a global phenomenon, with more than 50 million copies in print to date. Considered one of the great classics of modern American literature, the novel has never been out of print since its original publication. Aaron Sorkin is the Emmy Award-winning writer and creator of the hit TV series "The West Wing," and the Academy Award-winning 1992 film "A Few Good Men," which he adapted from his 1989 Broadway play. He is the writer-creator of "The Newsroom," and authored the screenplays for "The Social Network' and "The American President." Here's an excerpt from a "60 Minutes" interview with Sorkin about adapting the story for a modern audience:
Jeff Daniels, who takes on the role of Atticus Finch, returns to Broadway after a Tony-nominated turn in 2016’s "Blackbird." Joining him are fellow Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger ("The Glass Menagerie," "Peter and the Starcatcher"), Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Erin Wilhelmi, Neal Huff, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth, Danny Wolohan and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher ("Golden Boy," "The King and I," "South Pacific") directs.