NEW YORK CITY — A 2013 Moorhead High graduate is returning to Broadway.
Playbill announced Thursday, Oct. 3, that Nina Grollman will take on the role of Scout Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," replacing Tony Award-winner Celia Keenan-Bolger.
Grollman made her Broadway debut in the 2018 revival of "The Iceman Cometh," starring Denzel Washington.
Grollman played the role of Margie, described by SparkNotes.com as "a sentimental, lazy tart reasonably content with life." Grollman told The Forum at the time she couldn't believe it at first.
"The first thing I thought was, 'I can't wait to tell my family, especially my mom,'" Grollman said about "The Iceman Cometh" casting news. "She was totally overwhelmed. She was crying and so happy."
Grollman began acting in second grade after her mother, Stephanie Grollman, noticed how much fun she had during a small performance at her elementary school, so she signed Grollman up for the Third Street Acting Company's production of "Winnie the Pooh," where she played Roo.
Many more roles followed, but Grollman never seriously considered a career on the stage until she was a senior in high school where she starred as Olive in Moorhead High School's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Later that year, she was accepted to the highly competitive Juilliard School in New York City, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 2017.
Grollman was cast in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in May of this year, but the official announcement couldn't be made until the entire replacement cast was announced.
When news got out about Grollman's role on Thursday, congratulations poured in from friends, colleagues and from Moorhead High's theater and speech and debate communities.
Grollman was back in Fargo-Moorhead earlier this year for the 22nd annual Celebration of Women and Their Music, performing as Softee, her new stage pseudonym to delineate between her work as a musician and an actor. Softee is her exploration of synthesizers and 1980s pop music.
“I’m trying this new sound and identity in Fargo for a reason and that’s because I feel very supported by the community and very embraced for my artistry," she said at the time. "In New York, there’s a lot of anonymity. In a way, that’s really comforting. Knowing my first show is going to be at the Spirit Room (in downtown Fargo) surrounded by people I love and people that care for me is something I’m really, really excited for."
Grollman and the new cast of "Mockingbird" will take to the stage for the first time on Nov. 5. Grollman's character is at the center of the show, with Scout probing memories of a traumatic summer in Alabama. The production is based on the novel by Harper Lee and chronicles the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman during the age of the Jim Crow South.