“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” MAKES HISTORY TOMORROW AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
FOR RELEASE TODAY, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020
AMERICA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL PLAY
TAKES CENTER STAGE
AT THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS ARENA
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD”
A NEW PLAY BY AARON SORKIN
THE FIRST-EVER BROADWAY PLAY TO PERFORM
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
WITH ENTIRELY FREE PERFORMANCE
FOR 18,000 NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS
MARKS THE MOST-ATTENDED SINGLE PERFORMANCE
OF A THEATRICAL WORK EVER
IN WORLD THEATER
EVENT TO BE INTRODUCED BY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO
& FIRST LADY CHIRLANE MCCRAY,
AND FILMMAKER (AND ETERNAL NEW YORK KNICKS FAN) SPIKE LEE
**MAYOR TO DECLARE WEDNESDAY AS “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD DAY”
New York, NY – Producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, are putting the final preparations on tomorrow’s historic event: the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s new play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, will become the first-ever Broadway play to perform at The World’s Most Famous Arena, New York’s Madison Square Garden, in front of approximately 18,000 New York City public school students. With the extraordinary support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event will be entirely free to students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs.
This event will mark the largest attendance at a single performance of a theatrical work ever in world theater.
This special performance of To Kill a Mockingbird will feature the entire Broadway cast, led by four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Ed Harris as Atticus Finch.
It was also confirmed that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and filmmaker (and New York Knicks fanatic) Spike Lee will introduce the afternoon. Mayor de Blasio will also declare tomorrow as “To Kill a Mockingbird Day” in New York City.
To Kill a Mockingbird holds the title of the most successful American play in Broadway history. The production has now amassed a total gross of more than $125,000,000, and continues to play to standing-room-only houses. Since performances began on Thursday, November 1, 2018, To Kill a Mockingbird has not played to an empty seat, with capacity remaining over 100% for every performance. As previously announced, To Kill a Mockingbird will launch its coast-to-coast National Tour on August 25th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, starring Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas, and will begin performances in London’s West End at the Gielgud Theatre on May 21, starring BAFTA Award winner Rhys Ifans. Emmy Award winner Greg Kinnear will succeed Mr. Harris as Atticus Finch on Broadway on April 21st.
Set in Alabama in 1934, 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, played four-time Academy Award® nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award® winner Ed Harris. Joining Mr. Harris are 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.
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