Another big Broadway show is coming to Philadelphia this July.
To Kill a Mockingbird took the runway by storm when it opened in New York in 2018. Based on the 1960 Harper Lee novel by Aaron Sorkin, the Tony Award-winning play will run July 12-24 at the Kimmel Cultural Campus School of Music.
“This dramatic production builds on the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning book and addresses many of the same social issues that are still happening today,” said Frances Egler, senior director of programming and presentations on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. “It’s an honor to bring this critically acclaimed production to Philadelphia, which includes a fantastic cast that includes Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch and his role with the late Grey in the 1962 film Mary Badham with Gorry Peck.”
Set in Alabama in 1934, Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most revered figures in American literature, small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. The cast includes Atticus’ daughter Scout, her brother Jem, their housekeeper and caretaker Calpurnia, their visiting friend Dill, and a mysterious neighbor, the reclusive Arthur “Boo” Radley. Other indelible residents of Maycomb, Alabama, are Bob Ewell, Tom Robinson, prosecutors Horace Gilmer, Judge Taylor and Mayella Ewell.
The tour stars Emmy winner Richard Thomas as Atticus Finch, Melanie Moore as Scout Finch, Jacqueline Williams as Calpurnia, Justin Mark as Jem Finch, Yaegel T. Welch Plays Tom Robinson, Steven Lee Johnson as Dill Harris, and Mary Badham (Oscar® nominated for “Boy Scout” in a feature film) as Mrs. Dubose. Joey Collins as Bob Ewell, Richard Poe as Judge Taylor, Luke Smith as Horace Gilmer, Arianna Gale Starkey as Mayella Ewell , David Christopher Wells as Sheriff Heck Tate, Anthony Natale as Link Diess, Liv Ross as Miss Stephanie, Travis Johns as Mr. Cunningham, band member Morgan Bernhard, Denise Cormier, Christopher R Ellis, Stephen Elrod, Glenn Fleary, Maeve Moynihan, Daniel Neale, Dorcas Sowunmi and Greg Wood are from the Philadelphia area and from Aston, a suburb of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
Yaegel T. Welch, Steven Lee Johnson, Luke Smith, Liv Rooth and Glenn Fleary join the Broadway production on tour.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” holds the record for the highest-grossing US box office in Broadway history. It opened at the Schubert Theater on November 1, 2018, and performed in sold-out homes before Broadway closed in March 2020. “To Kill a Mockingbird” became the first Broadway play to be performed at Madison Square Garden in New York, ahead of 18,000 New York City public school students on February 26, 2020, marking the history of world theater The largest number of people in a single performance.
The show resumes on October 5, 2021, and ends at the Schubert Theater on January 16, 2022. To Kill a Mockingbird will resume at the Velasco Theatre on Broadway in the summer of 2022, starring Greg Kinnear as Atticus Finch. The West End production is currently underway at the Gielgud Theatre starring Rafe Spall.
Tickets can be purchased online by calling 215-893-1999 or visiting www.kimmelculturecampus.org. Tickets are sold daily at the Academy of Music Box Office at 250 S. Broad Street from 10 am to 6 pm. See www.kimmelculturecampus.org for more information.