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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Shatters Broadway Records

The Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird has become the highest single-week grossing American play in Broadway history. The newest adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel boasts a script by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, and a starring performance from actor Jeff Daniels. Daniels won two Emmy awards last year for his work in the limited series Godless and The Looming Tower. Mockingbird shattered records in its second full week of performances, grossing a massive $1.702 million. Tickets currently start around $100. A seven-figure week on Broadway is typically reserved for smash musicals, like Frozen or Hamilton. “I’ve never had, or seen, a new play perform like this one is,” said Scott Rudin, the Tony-winning producer of Mockingbird. The show, like the novel, offers a penetrating look at racial injustice through a coming-of-age story set in the segregated South of 1930s Alabama.