January 2, 2020
To Kill a Mockingbird will be performed at Madison Square Garden
by Stephanie DeLuca
First, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird made its Broadway debut. Now, the production will grace the stage at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden. For one night only, February 26, 2020, the production will put on a special performance at no charge for 18,000 public school children. Reported by Ruthie Fierberg at Playbill.com, this will mark the first time that a Broadway play has ever graced the stage of the arena.
The audience will be made up of New York City Department of Education middle school and high school students, hailing from all five of New York City’s boroughs. This special night was arranged by producers Scott Rudin and Barry Diller, alongside New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. Additional support comes from James L. Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company.
In a statement, Carranza said, “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.”
As has been the case for some time, it’s almost impossible to find Broadway tickets for less than $100 a pop (and that’s even before “processing” fees from Ticketmaster). The theater is an oftentimes unattainable art form to experience, open only to those privileged enough to afford the price tag. This program will give the younger generation an opportunity to experience it, but it also has the potential to help them fall in love with it. A round of applause for all involved; hopefully this one night only event will have many encores.
Stephanie DeLuca is the director of publicity at Melville House.