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Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Bittersweet Afterlife of ‘Be More Chill’ by Alexandra Alter

Thanks to a viral musical that just opened on Broadway, Ned Vizzini’s 2004 novel is reaching a big new audience, five years after he killed himself.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Mockingbird’ Play Publisher Demands $500,000 From Harper Lee Estate by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

A filing seeking arbitration says the estate allowed eight theaters around the United States to stage “To Kill a Mockingbird,” then flip-flopped at the last minute.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Producer relents on ‘Mockingbird’ rights, letting some shows go on by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Scott Rudin's offer was extended to any theater whose rights to stage the old version had been challenged by his legal team.

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‘Mockingbird’ Producer Relents, Letting Local Plays Go Forward by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Facing criticism for making regional theaters cancel productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Scott Rudin said he would let them go on, using the new Aaron Sorkin script.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Legal threats from Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ sink productions nationwide by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Dozens of community and nonprofit theaters across the U.S. have been forced to abandon productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird” under legal threat by Broadway and Hollywood producer Scott …

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Legal Threats From Broadway’s ‘Mockingbird’ Sink Productions Around the Country by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Some community theaters have canceled productions of the play after receiving legal warnings that theirs cannot go on at the same time as the one in New York.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

After Dispute, ‘Mockingbird’ Blends Novel’s Spirit and Sorkin’s Voice Onstage by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Harper Lee’s estate objected to elements of Aaron Sorkin’s early stage adaptation. Now it arrives on Broadway with concessions from both sides.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Broadway ‘Mockingbird’ Is Back on Track, as Court Dispute Ends by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

A legal battle had been waged over whether a stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” strayed too far from Harper Lee’s novel. On Thursday, the suits were settled.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Courtroom Drama: Producer Offers to Stage Disputed ‘Mockingbird’ for Judge by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

The disagreement over the characterization of Atticus Finch expands to a second lawsuit between the producers and the Lee estate.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

We Asked 7 Lawyers to Untangle the Broadway Fight Over ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Here is how our panel of lawyers looked at key issues in a lawsuit over Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Goes From Stage to Page by Alexandra Alter

In an inversion of the usual adaptation process, the creators of the hit musical are releasing a novel based on the play.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’ by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

The federal suit says that the Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Harper Lee’s Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’ by Alexandra Alter and Michael Paulson

The federal suit says that the Aaron Sorkin’s script for the play, set this fall for Broadway, deviates too much from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Books News: A Final Work by Sam Shepard Reveals His Struggle With Lou Gehrig’s Disease by Alexandra Alter

The celebrated playwright spent the last months of his life working tirelessly on a final book, an intimate and philosophical look at his protagonist’s — and his own — health struggles.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Book News: A New Novel From the Late Sam Shepard to Be Published in December by Alexandra Alter

Knopf will publish “Spy of the First Person,” which the actor and playwright wrote in the final months of his life.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Q. & A.: Edward St. Aubyn on the Challenge of Reimagining Shakespeare by Alexandra Alter

In his bold modern adaptation of King Lear, St. Aubyn envisions Lear as an aging media mogul whose empire and legacy are under threat from his daughters.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Book News: A Green Light Is Given, It’s True, for a Grown-Up Cindy Lou Who by Alexandra Alter

A federal judge has ruled that “Who’s Holiday!” doesn’t violate the copyright of the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

For ‘Fiddler’ Actor-Turned-Novelist, a Journey From Stage to Page by Alexandra Alter

Alexandra Silber’s imagining of what comes next for a character in “Fiddler on the Roof,” titled “After Anatevka,” will be published next summer.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

‘Hamilton: The Revolution’ Races Out of Bookstores, Echoing the Musical’s Success by Alexandra Alter

The behind-the-scenes book, designed to mimic the appearance of a text from Hamilton’s era, proves nearly as elusive as a Broadway ticket.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bret Easton Ellis Takes In ‘American Psycho’ the Musical by Alexandra Alter

Seeing the Broadway version of his controversial novel for the first time, the author had his doubts, but he was enthusiastic about the production.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Headed to Broadway by Alexandra Alter

The producer Scott Rudin has acquired stage rights for Harper Lee’s novel and has hired Aaron Sorkin to adapt the story. Bartlett Sher will direct.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ArtsBeat: “Hamilton,” Based on a Book, Is Becoming One Again by Alexandra Alter

A biography of Alexander Hamilton by the historian Ron Chernow inspired the hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now Grand Central Publishing has acquired Mr. Miranda’s b…

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