Richard Thomas returns to Des Moines as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

Even someone with a little knowledge of the job can tell you that killing a robin is a sin.

Despite Atticus Finch’s cleverness, the producers of the latest Broadway adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” have announced that Broadway’s highest-grossing U.S. drama is not returning. Production ended in January when actor Jeff Daniels announced he was leaving the show.

Originally, writer Aaron Sorkin (“The White House”, “The Social Network”)’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel was scheduled to resume on June 1.

According to emails obtained by The New York Times, the decision appears to have come from producer Scott Rudin, who decided against the apparent wishes of Sorkin and director Bartlett Schell not to remake the New York production. The New York Times reported that the collaborators had previously accused Rudin of bullying.

“I want (the Broadway show) to reopen. It’s going to be lovely. It’s a fantastic production,” Richard Thomas, who played Finch on the show’s tour, told the Des Moines Chronicle. “Right now, we’re American (producing) Robin.”

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The touring “To Kill a Mockingbird” will continue to perform across the country until July 2023 at the latest. The tour will arrive at the Des Moines Civic Center at 221 Walnut Street on Aug. 23, with eight shows running through Aug. 28.

Yaegel T. Welch, the backup for Tom Robinson (arguably the black man on trial in the story’s most pivotal sequence), is reprising the role on Broadway.

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