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To Kill a Mockingbird Becomes Highest-Grossing American Broadway Play of All Time

The drama stars Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger.

Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway.
(© Julieta Cervantes)

The Broadway production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, has become the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history, taking in a total of $40,113,926.13 as of this week.

The new production, which began performances November 1 and opened December 13 at the Shubert Theatre, has played to 100 percent capacity or greater since the start of its run, breaking box office records for the venue four times over. Cumulative gross sales stand at more than $55 million to date.

Written during the early stages of the civil rights movement, at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in many Southern states, To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1934 Alabama and tells a story of racial injustice and childhood innocence surrounding small-town lawyer Atticus Finch (Jeff Daniels) and his daughter, Scout (Celia Keenan-Bolger). The narrative also follows her brother, Jem (Will Pullen); their visiting friend, Dill (Gideon Glick); and their mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur "Boo" Radley (Danny Wolohan). The production received nine Tony nominations.

Also featured in the cast are Frederick Weller (Bob Ewell), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Tom Robinson), Stark Sands (Horace Gilmer), Dakin Matthews (Judge Taylor), Erin Wilhelmi (Mayella Ewell), LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Calpurnia), Neal Huff, Danny McCarthy, Phyllis Somerville, and Liv Rooth.


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