Open run | 2h 35m | Midtown W

To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway)

From 915 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent

About the show

Jeff Daniels stars as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for Lincoln Center. Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher ('Fiddler on the Roof.') More…

Based on an event that occurred in Alabama in the 1930s, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and the destruction of childhood innocence centers on one of the most beloved and admired characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.

2h 35m | Open run | Shubert Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (915)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Relevant, Intelligent
88
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Strong ensemble, Well staged, Ambitious

See it if you love old-fashioned theater w an intelligent script, a strong cast, and solid staging. No bells & whistles needed. Lots of great moments.

Don't see it if you want a lavish Brwy show. No elaborate costumes/set. If you loved the movie, you may not like changes. Still, I really enjoyed TKAM.

Also I didn't love Jeff Daniels. Many have praised his performance. I didn'... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You’re a fan of seeing great books/movies adapted to the stage-not transferred-adapted...big difference. Superb acting, writing, direction!

Don't see it if If you’re a To Kill A Mockingbird purist you may have a problem with the way some of the story has been adapted for the stage. I loved it!

Also Not only was the acting, writing and directing excellent but costumes,... Read more Read less

90
Inspiring, Relevant, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Powerful message vibrates through the theater with every word & gesture. Large multi-generational cast clicks impeccably.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy melodrama. Sight lines from front orchestra left are blocked by a table and the backs of seated actors.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant (sadly), Great staging, Provocative

See it if to see a 1st-rate cast sink their teeth into Sorkin's glib dialogue & reworked plot in Sher's elegant staging of Lee's classic work.

Don't see it if you are a Mockingbird purist (book or film); you prefer Lee/Foote's nuance, subtlety & tension to Sorkin's liberal flag-waving & sermonizing

Also Just three words: Celia Keenan-Bolger.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Lee's novel or the film, enjoy trial stories, fan of great acting, esp. by Daniels, Keenan-Bolger & Jackson,

Don't see it if you're not happy with idea of Lee's novel adapted by Sorkin, don't like plays that jump around in chronology, don't believe in racism

Also Quite an impressive adaptation that brings you fairly quickly into the... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you love the book or have never read it. The production captures the feel of the period and the essence of the plot. A wonderful evening.

Don't see it if you dislike the book or the themes, adults playing children or symbolic sets.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You want to see a provocative production with new eyes led by terrific actors who make you feel as if you are in the town with them.

Don't see it if You expect the original production with no humor and stiff characterizations. Racism makes you uncomfortable.

Also Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger excel as Atticus and Scout. You b... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if you like great acting, staging, the Mockingbird story,taking a chance on bringing a beloved book to Broadway with modest alterations.

Don't see it if you want a by-the-book, literal transcription of the book & movie. Constant movement of sets can be distracting but sets are well designed.

Also All the actors are wonderful with Celia Keenan-Bolger at her peak - th... Read more Read less

73
Loud school children, Masterful, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see brilliant acting and staging. You loved the book/movie, and while this doesn't keep 100% to the story, still good

Don't see it if This would get a higher score from me if I wasn't SURROUNDED by school children who didn't know how to act. I couldn't hear half the time.

96
Brilliant, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you want well written story delivered by a terrific cast in a perfect set.This was as moving & powerful as the book & movie.Go see it.PLEASE

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of touching, powerful shows with great acting,amazing writing,terrific directing.This is as good as it gets. GO!

98
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if Perfection from start to finish. A great updating of a beloved story. Daniels and Keenan-Bolger were standouts in an excellent cast.

Don't see it if If you’re so in love with the book or the movie that you can’t stand to see some needed changes.

90
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if if you are interested in racial issues, specially years ago, in the south, or if you like stories about loving families or great trials.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan of this story or these actors and do not care for racially motivated stories , or if you prefer new to classic plays

89
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you love brilliant drama filled with moments of humor and bliss

Don't see it if racially themed dramas based on classic American novels is not your thing

85
Clever, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want an involving evening of theater. This version of a classic keeps enough of the original intact for audiences to connect well w/it.

Don't see it if you won’t enjoy a great adaptation of an American treasure. Jeff Daniels is good, but Celia Keenan-Bolger & especially Gideon Glick astound.

Also Don’t purchase rear balcony rush seats to save money. We had to stand ... Read more Read less

87
Relevant, Enchanting, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if mostly well-done adaptation of classic story, a tragic story told with humor; memory play that is often nonlinear; modern sensibility*

Don't see it if uncomfortable with racial slurs,lynch mobs; more heavy handed than book (the bit about passive aggression etc.,some characters)

Also *for example - discussion of Tom, the black character, being shot mult... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Celia Keenan-Bolger was wonder & deserving the Tony! Wonderful cast. I loved this show. Still relevant. Enjoyed the adaptation.

Don't see it if You want to see a musical.

Also Saw this 12/10/18. Forgot to review it, but just came across my notes.... Read more Read less

94
Resonant & absorbing, Powerful, Superb story-telling and acting, Classic themes about childhood, cruelty, and compassion, Must-see

See it if open to allowing an emotional, pertinent, and timeless tale—whether you know Harper Lee’s classic novel or not—to settle into your soul.

Don't see it if expecting a carbon-copy of the novel, want a happy-ending, uncomfortable with racist slurs and lynch-mobs, or would prefer a musical.

Also It seems unholy to give an iconic novel like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mo... Read more Read less

79
Absorbing, Dated, Great acting, I wasn't seduced by all the hype

See it if Fans of the book must see this -- Sorkin did a great job with the adaptation. It held my attention throughout, although it was a bit dry.

Don't see it if The story is the story, but well told here nevertheless. I had problems with the clunky set that the actors moved around and thick accents.

Also I'm becoming impervious to pre-opening hype on Broadway, which may be ... Read more Read less

100
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like fantastic adaptations of masterpiece plays.

Don't see it if If prefer happy plays that don’t challenge a person to think about who we are.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if You want to see amazing acting and staging, you love the book as well.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play but the show was so good I would want everyone to see it.

90
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well-crafted, well-acted play. Strong performances throughout.

Don't see it if You want the play to be 100% true to the book.

78
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if good acting in a watered-down version of this classic story. tried to give voice to all. focus on the storytellers instead of the story

Don't see it if know the story and wish for a more literal version.

79
A really good play but, What can equal the film and gregory peck?

See it if The play is good, some wonderful performances, huge cast. It is an old time play with iconic characters we know.

Don't see it if In the book Scout and Jem are 6 & 10. Can you accept a 19 year old Scout? a bigoted Atticus? Forget Gregory Peck?

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious, Resonant

See it if You love TKAM or love Aaron Sorkin. It's exactly what it's supposed to be -- it tells the story well and is well staged.

Don't see it if You're looking for something new. It's TKAM on stage and that's it. Which is good, but it's not going to change the world.

70
Several outstanding performances es, Entertaining, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a HUGE fan of the writings of Aaron Sorkin.

Don't see it if you are a strict Harper Lee loyalist of this well know story, because this definitely ain't you momma's version of To Kill A Mocking Bird!

Also My favorite character in the play was the character of Dill Harris pla... Read more Read less


December 13th, 2018
"Mr. Sher has made sure that every movement, every perfectly cast face, every stage picture and costume tells the story so precisely that it would do so even without words...Very effective; Mr. Sorkin apparently trusted that the actors, working with Mr. Sher, would fill in the blanks, and they do...
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December 13th, 2018
"The play’s ambivalent approach to Atticus is satisfying but also sometimes glib...And despite Sorkin’s best efforts every righteous decision engenders new potential critiques...Yet the effort is commendable, and the execution is exemplary. The elegant production is stately but not stodgy...If So...
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December 13th, 2018
"Sorkin has written a new play, and it’s characteristically taut and nimble, fluid and funny, with plenty to meditate on and argue about. Its goal is to speak audibly about 2018 and—sometimes poignantly, sometimes more heavy-handedly—it succeeds...Sher and his designers have created a shifting, b...
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December 18th, 2018
"The drama has been reworked so that the court case against Robinson is the frame for the whole play...The wrinkle is that Sorkin is very obviously worried about Trump, and about what the current political dispensation means for white folks of all political and ethical stripes...’To Kill a Mockin...
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