Many have been turning to Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the last few years to understand some of the racial tensions that the U.S. has been facing. And now, the beloved Harper Lee novel will be coming to Broadway for the first stage version. The production will be written by "West Wing" writer Aaron Sorkin, according to the producers.
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The novel, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960, covers racism and injustice in the American south. The novel is set to debut in 2017-2018 Broadway season according to producer Scott Rudin and the New York Times.
The book was also made into a very famous movie in 1962, starring Gregory Peck as the iconic Atticus Finch. It has been produced for a lot of stage shows throughout the U.S. and abroad, but this is the first time that the show will go to the Great White Way.
The book has sold over 50 million copies and it taught throughout the United States as a warning and education about the problems with racism. The author released a very controversial sequel just last year called "Go Set a Watchman."
"Watchman," described as a first draft of "Mockingbird," astounded readers and critics by portraying the heroic Finch as a racist who supported segregation.
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Sorkin is best known for creating the Emmy-winning show "West Wing" which was based on the White House and he also wrote the screenplay of "The Social Network."