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BWW Flashback: A TIME TO KILL, Adapted from John Grisham's Novel, Closes on Broadway


A Time To Kill, the new Broadway play adapted from John Grisham's best-selling novel, will close today, Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Performances began on September 28, 2013, and opening night was October 20, 2013. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through the play's time on the Great White Way!

The cast features: Sebastian Arcelus as Jake Brigance; Jeffrey M. Bender as Deputy Looney; Dashiell Eaves as Pete Willard/DR Musgrove; J.R. Horne as Mr. Pate; Chike Johnson as Ozzie Walls, Patrick Page as Rufus Buckley; Tonya Pinkins as Gwen Hailey; John Procaccino as Drew Tyndale/WT Bass; Tijuana Ricks as Court Reporter;Lee Sellars as Cobb/Rhodeheaver/Grist; Tom Skerritt as Lucien Wilbanks; Fred Dalton Thompson as Judge Noose; John Douglas Thompson as Carl Lee Hailey; and Ashley Williams as Ellen Roark.

The design team for A Time To Kill includes scenic design by James Noone, costume design by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter, original music and sound design byLindsay Jones, and projection design by Jeff Sugg.

A Time to Kill, the popular courtroom drama, tells the emotionally charged, now-iconic story of a young, idealistic lawyer, Jake Brigance, defending a black man, Carl Lee Hailey, for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. Their small Mississippi town is thrown into upheaval, and Jake finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and under attack from both sides of a racially divided city. This drama is a thrilling courtroom battle where the true nature of what is right and what is moral are called into question.

(Photo by Walter McBride)

Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of John Grisham's A Time To Kill, directed by Ethan McSweeny, began previews on Broadway on September 28th. To prep for the opening, the cast and creative team participated in their official photo shoot, and you can go behind the scenes in the video below!

Just before previews, the cast and creative team of A Time to Kill met the press, and BroadwayWorld was there to chat with the whole company about the upcoming production.

In the weeks leading up to A Time to Kill's opening on Broadway, BroadwayWorld featured a series of videos introducing the cast of characters.

Meet 'Jake Brigance', played by Sebastian Arcelus:

Meet 'Judge Noose', played by Fred Dalton Thompson:

Meet 'Ellen Roark', played by Ashley Williams:

Meet 'Carl Lee Hailey', played by John Douglas Thompson:

Meet 'Lucien Willbanks', played by Tom Skerritt:

Meet 'Gwen Hailey', played by Tonya Pinkins:

And last but not least, meet 'Rufus Buckley', played by Patrick Page:

Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of A Time To Kill, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel, opened on October 20, 2013. Below, see photos of the cast in action (by Carol Rosegg)!

A Time to Kill is the first ever John Grisham novel to be adapted for the stage. Check out footage from the explosive courtroom drama on Broadway below!

The show opened on Broadway on October 20, and BroadwayWorld was there throughout the night to celebrate with the cast. Below, check out photos (by Walter McBride) from the curtain call, featuring author John Grisham!

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on the red caret to chat with the guests on opening night, and spoke with Joan Rivers, Bobby Cannavale, Patrick Stewart and more. Check out what they had to say below!

Richard Ridge was there on A Time to Kill's opening night to celebrate with the cast at the after party. Check out what the whole gang had to say below!

When announcing A Time to Kill's emminent closing on Broadway, producers Daryl Roth and Eva Price said: "We are enormously proud to have brought John Grisham's A Time To Kill to Broadway with an incredible creative team and an extraordinary ensemble of actors. We would like to thank Rupert Holmes, Ethan McSweeny, and the entire company of our production for-as we all witnessed night after night-thrilling our audiences with a compelling, essential story about justice and morality. We are extremely happy with the responses and reactions from our audiences."

Hopefully this will be the first of many Grisham novels to take the stage!

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