According Showbiz 411′by Scott Friedmanwho was first to report the news, the show’s failed Broadway relaunch after a tough winter run impacted by omicron is the result of a decision by the former producer Scott Roudin, who still retains the rights to the show. According to an unnamed source who spoke to Friedman, Rudin “never left”, despite “a lengthy negotiation to hand over the production to other producers”.
In emails obtained by The New York Times de Sorkin and the play’s director, Bartlett Sher, the cast and crew were informed of the show’s permanent shutdown on Thursday, with both naming Rudin as the source of the decision.
“At the last moment, Scott re-inserted himself as producer and for reasons that are, frankly, incomprehensible to both of us, he prevented the play from reopening,” the email reportedly said.
Sher and Sorkin added that they were “heartbroken” and mourned the “loss of all the jobs – on stage, backstage and front of house – that just disappeared”.
According to Sorkin and Sher, Rudin said his decision to end the series “was tied to my lack of confidence in the room climate next winter” and that he “didn’t believe that a rise in mockingbird would have been competitive in the market.
“It’s too risky and the downside is too great,” Rudin reportedly wrote. “I’m sorry you’re disappointed. It’s the right decision for the long life of the series.
Kill a mockingbird was among the shows that reopened on Broadway after its 18-month pandemic shutdown. After raising the curtains again in October 2021 with star Jeff Daniels returning to play Atticus Finch, Greg Kinnear then reprized the role ahead of its January 16 winter shutdown, which was considered temporary.
It was also among the Broadway shows from which Rudin reportedly backed down after The Hollywood Reporter allegations of abuse published made by former Rudin staff.
The show opened on Broadway in 2018, becoming an instant hit. This year it launched a touring production in the United States and opened in the West End. Touring and London shows are unaffected, according to the Time.
The Hollywood Reporter contacted production for comment.