To Kill a Mockingbird, the hit Broadway play adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Harper Lee’s perennial classic of the same name, is about to achieve a first. The Broadway production, directed by Bartlett Sher, will become the first-ever Broadway play to perform at Madison Square Garden. As a free event for over 18,000 New York City students from the five boroughs, middle and high schools, the current Broadway cast led by Ed Harris as Atticus Finch will be on-hand to give this young audience a nonpareil experience in celebrating great literature and enjoying a Broadway-caliber show in an iconic venue.
“This is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will undoubtedly have an indelible impact on our students for years to come,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “In New York City, we’re making record investments in arts education, and we thank the producers, artists, and everyone at Madison Square Garden for their incredible generosity in bringing the arts to life for our school communities.”
Joining Harris in the production are the current Broadway cast including Nick Robinson as Jem Finch, Eliza Scanlen as Mayella Ewell, Kyle Scatliffe as Tom Robinson, LisaGay Hamilton as Calpurnia, Nina Grollman as Scout Finch, Taylor Trensch as Dill Harris, Manoel Felciano as Horace Gilmer, Russell Harvard as Link Deas and Boo Radley, Dakin Matthews as Judge Taylor, Patricia Conolly as Mrs. Dubose, Christopher Innvar as Sheriff Heck Tate, William Youmans as Mr. Roscoe and Dr. Reynolds, Neal Huff as Bob Ewell, Ted Koch as Mr. Cunningham, Liv Rooth as Ms. Stephanie, and ensemble members Rosalyn Coleman, Gene Gillette, Luke Smith, Yaegel T. Welch, Rebecca Watson, Aubie Merrylees, David Manis, Baize Buzan, Steven Lee Johnson, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.
Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, along with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, announced this special performance on December 18, 2019. This Madison Square Garden event will be held on February 26, 2020.
“Madison Square Garden has been the backdrop of a number of entertainment firsts over its history – but few have been as impactful or important as the upcoming performance of To Kill a Mockingbird,” said James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company. “This show will mark the first time a Broadway play has appeared at The World’s Most Famous Arena, which will give thousands of New York City students the chance to witness the incredible power of live theater – an experience we know they will never forget. We applaud Scott Rudin and Barry Diller’s vision for bringing this celebrated production to life on such a grand scale, and look forward to working with their teams, as well as with the Department of Education, on this extraordinary event, which we hope will be the first of many.”
To Kill a Mockingbird began performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and has since played to sold-out performances. The production grossed of more than $100,000,000, and continues to play to standing-room-only houses. To Kill a Mockingbird will launch its coast-to-coast National Tour in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and will open at London’s Gielgud Theatre in May 2020.
“Set in Alabama in 1934, To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence centers on one of the most venerated characters in American literature, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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