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To Kill a Mockingbird: First Broadway Play Performed at Madison Square Garden

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • February 26, 2020

The Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s play, directed by Bartlett Sher, and based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, became the first-ever Broadway play to perform at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden, on February 26, 2020, in front of approximately 18,000 New York City public school students. With the  support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, this unprecedented, single-performance event was entirely free to the students of New York City Department of Education public middle and high schools from all five boroughs. The performance is being promoted as the most-attended single performance of a theatrical work ever in world theater.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray, and filmmaker Spike Lee introduced the afternoon. The Mayor also declared February 26th, as To Kill a Mockingbird Day in New York City.

The Creative and Production Team for To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway:
Scenic Design by Miriam Buether; Costume Design by Ann Roth; Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton; Sound Design by Scott Lehrer; Hair and Wig Design by Campbell Young Associates; Associate Scenic Design: Brian Webb; Associate Costume Design: Matthew Pachtman; Associate Lighting Design: Caitlin Smith Rapoport; Associate Sound Design: Charles Coes; Assistant Costume Design: Rebecca Freund; Moving Light Programmer: Grant Wilcoxen; Production Manager: Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: J. Jason Daunter; Stage Manager: Rachel Zack; Assistant Stage Manager: Matthew Matulewicz

Here are some photos of To Kill a Mockingbird during rehearsals in Madison Square Arena.

An aerial view of the stage for To Kill a Mockingbird at Madison Square Arena. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

An aerial view of rehearsal for To Kill a Mockingbird at Madison Square Arena. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

An aerial view of rehearsal for To Kill a Mockingbird at Madison Square Arena. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Rehearsal for To Kill a Mockingbird at Madison Square Arena. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

The stage is set for To Kill a Mockingbird at Madison Square Arena. Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

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