Open run | 2h 35m | Midtown W

To Kill a Mockingbird (Broadway)

From 1,321 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Relevant

About the show

Ed Harris 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 (1321)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging, Relevant
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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
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Outstanding ensemble valiantly led by Daniels & Keenan-Bolger ignites Sorkin's "enhancement" of Lee's American masterpiece Moving & profound

Don't see it if Sorkin's subtle arc from the Depression south to a 'modern' #BlackLivesMatter is both potent & slightly redundant yet never feels injurious

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.

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

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

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!

85
Sorkin's restaging is effective but the film is still preferable

See it if Some fine moments that made me cry. But the children (played by young adult actors) are on stage most of the time, narrating and observing

Don't see it if If you are committed to the Horton Foote screenplay and Gregory Peck as Atticus. Jeff Daniels is fine, but he's not Peck

Also I saw one of Jeff Daniels's last performances.

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.

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

96
Resonant, Intelligent, Engrossing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if A wonderful cast led by Ed Harris; incisive script by Aaron Sorkin; well staged by Bartlett Sher; Never a dull moment​. Touching!

Don't see it if Only interested in new material; don't want anything serious...You'll be missing out on something special.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

84
Relevant, Great acting

See it if How to continue virtue and justice for the future while in the darkness of racism and hate: fiction and now (#BLM). Haunting performances.

Don't see it if Guns, Jim Crow South, N-world, talking about lynching/killing are triggering. Adults playing children weird you out.

Also Ticket from LincTix for $35.

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

96
Resonant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you love the book or movie, or wish you remembered them better, want to experience racist life in small-town Alabama of 1930s as a Caucasian

Don't see it if you cannot understand text spoken rapidly with Southern drawl or flashbacks or are extremely upset by “n...” word, racism, violence, death

Also The playwrite and actors do an excellent job of synthesizing the long,... Read more Read less

95
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if Amazing cast and must see drama!

Don't see it if If you believe in Trump, you will not like this show.

Also The cast of “To Kill A Mockingbird” is superb. The wise direction of B... 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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