Reopened: October 5, 2021
Book by: Aaron Sorkin
Broadway Reopening Cast: Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Portia, Hunter Parrish, Michael Braugher, Noah Robbins, Gordon Clapp, Neal Huff, Zachary Booth, Erin Wilhelmi, Christopher Innvar, Russell Harvard, Patricia Conolly, Amelia McClain, Ted Koch, William Youmans, Ian Bedford, Rosalyn Coleman, Anne-Marie Cusson, Michael Bryan French, Steven Lee Johnson, Tyler Lea, Mariah Lee, Geoffrey Allen Murphy, Luke Smith & Yaegel T. Welch
In a triumphant return to Broadway, Tony-nominee Jeff Daniels and Tony-winner Celia Keenan-Bolger reprise their lead roles in a play that unfortunately feels more relevant than ever.
Scout and Jem Finch (Keenan-Bolger and Hunter Parrish), along with their friend Dill Harris (Noah Robinson), recount a summer in the 1930s when their father Atticus (Daniels) represented Tom Robinson (Michael Braugher) – a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Daniels is a powerhouse who expertly delivers Sorkin’s wordy monologues. Keenan-Bolger truly gives the illusion that she is a child, and knows how to keep the audience laughing throughout the darker themes of the story.
The difference of treatment between black and white people regardless of their social standing has long been prevalent but the 2020 cases of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor make it hit harder.
Final say: Black lives always matter. ★★★★★