Academy award-winning film director, Spike Lee (Blackkklansman) will emcee the first-ever performance of a Broadway play, To Kill A Mockingbird, at Madison Square Garden. The current cast will perform the hit play for 18,000 New York City public school students on Feb 26th, 2020. This will be the most attended single performance of a play ever in world theatre.
To Kill A Mockingbird is the most successful Broadway play in history, grossing more than $100 million and counting. So, to pick up the show and move it to MSG for a one-time matinee and give away free tickets to public middle school and high school students from all five boroughs through the New York Department of Education is a drop in the bucket and we love to see it.
The cast currently features Kyle Scatliffe as Tom Robinson, LisaGay Hamilton as Calpurnia, Ed Harris as Atticus Finch, Nick Robinson as Jem Finch, Eliza Scanlen as Mayella Ewell, 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, Yaegel T. Welch, Gene Gillette, Luke Smith, Rebecca Watson, Aubie Merrylees, David Manis, Baize Buzan, Steven Lee Johnson, and Geoffrey Allen Murphy.
This was special historic performance was made by possible by the support of James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, along with the producers Scott Rudin & Barry Diller.