Following Bruce Springsteen's incandescent welcome back, Broadway's reopening will receive another blast of star power when Jeff Daniels returns as Atticus Finch in a revived production of Aaron Sorkin's "To Kill a Mockingbird" at the Shubert Theater.
In the new production that runs from Oct. 5 through Jan. 2, 2022, Daniels will be joined by Celia Keenan-Bolger reprising her Tony Award-winning role as Finch's daughter, Scout.
No word yet on whether LaTanya Richardson will return as Calpurnia, the Finchs' black housekeeper. Richardson and Daniels received Tony nominations for their performances in the initial show, which broke box-office records.
“Over the course of the original year-long run, I felt a nightly privilege playing Atticus Finch,” Daniels said. “At this moment in our country’s history, I’m honored to play him again, to inhabit an iconic American hero who still speaks to our times and will help us all remember who we can be.”
Springsteen will launch Broadway' reopening with new performances of "Springsteen on Broadway" opening June 26 and continuing through Sept. 4 at the St. James Theater.
As the Boss' famous songs get Broadway off to a rocking restart from the pandemic, lovers of traditional Broadway musicals are anticipating an autumn revival of "The Music Man" starring Sutton Foster and Hugh Jackman. Broadway's Big Parade will be rolling again.
Sorkin's rendition of Harper Lee's novel about Finch's heroic defense of a black man unjustly accused of murder in a small Alabama town during the 1930s struck a chord with liberal audiences during the volatile Trump administration. As the Republican Party attempts to subvert democracy, Finch's stand for justice will appear even more prophetic.
After Springsteen's American anthems ring on Broadway, Jeff Daniels and Keenan-Bolger will show audiences what they've lost in these long months of the pandemic: living American theater.