Posted on December 20, 2019 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A charitable gesture … or an attempt to redeem their public image?

The Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird will be performed for 18,000 New York City public school students — for free — at Madison Square Garden in February. 

Playbill reports that it’s the first time a Broadway show will be performed at the arena.

It’s also a dramatic turnaround from the headlines the play made this spring.

The producers of the play, adapted by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, had sent cease-and-desist letters to other theaters around the country who had planned to perform an older dramatic retelling of Harper Lee’s classic novel.

A few weeks after those letters made the news, though, the producers changed their tune, in a way — they offered free use of the new play.

You can learn more about the free Madison Square Garden performance in Playbill, and catch up on the previous drama with these posts from the archive (in reverse chronological order):

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