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'To Kill a Mockingbird' coming to Broadway


"It's official: "To Kill a Mockingbird" will swoop down on Broadway just before Christmas next year, though we still don't know exactly where it will perch or which actors will be spreading their wings.

A two-page ad touting the new play will appear September 12 in a New York Times special section previewing the fall arts scene. The ad announces the production's "world premiere" on December 13, 2018, and provides potential ticket buyers with a phone number and website for "group sales only."

No theater or cast members are named.

Prolific screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin is adapting the story from Harper Lee's classic 1960 novel about attorney Atticus Finch's quest for justice in a small Alabama town where racism is woven deep into the social fabric. A 1962 film based on the book starred Gregory Peck, who won the Oscar for Best Actor, and was nominated for seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Sorkin, 56, burst onto the world stage with his 1989 play "A Few Good Men," which he later adapted for the 1992 film starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise and Demi Moore. Next spring on NBC, the military drama will become the first dramatic play to air live on network television in more than 50 years. Alec Baldwin will star in the role made famous by Nicholson.

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