NEW - TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Talkin' Broadway's Review
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David Hurst takes a look at To Kill A Mockingbird:

Whether you like the new stage production of Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's seminal coming of age memoir, To Kill a Mockingbird, which opened tonight at the Shubert Theatre, will depend completely on your knowledge of — and devotion to — Lee's original, 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and director Robert Mulligan's, 1962 film adaptation which boasts Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning, iconic portrayal of Atticus Finch. Comparisons to the book and film are inevitable and, quite frankly, appropriate since the producers of the play are using Elmer Bernstein's memorable music from the film to underscore their television commercials. People who haven't read the book or seen the film in decades (despite airing regularly on Turner Classic Movies), will undoubtedly love director Bartlett Sher's superbly acted and lavishly produced staging of a still urgent American tragedy. But those for whom the book is an oft-read touchstone, and those who revere the film with its Oscar-winning screenplay by Horton Foote, are liable to find their enjoyment tempered with several head-scratching missteps. . . .

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