To Kill A Mockingbird is breaking records following its Broadway debut, only just in its second full week of performances.
Making $1.702 million in the week of Dec. 30—which is generally a busy week in the Broadway realm regardless, due to holiday traffic—the play has become the highest single-week grossing American play on Broadway, ever. It’s followed by All the Way, a 2014 Bryan Cranston-starring play about Lyndon Johnson, which brought in $1.623 in one week.
“I’ve never had, or seen, a new play perform like this one is,” said Scott Rudin, producer of the show, per Variety. “We’ve had plenty of shows break plenty of records, but nothing we’ve ever had has been like this. The company of To Kill a Mockingbird has been together for quite a long time already, through numerous labs, readings and a very healthy preview period. The success of this play—and the huge affection shown for it thus far—belongs entirely to them. It’s their hit.”
The play has been at 100-percent capacity since performances began and this trend is expected to continue going forward, with advance sales over $22 million. Further, factors like the play’s open-ended end date emphasize its popularity—musicals, while often pulling in higher numbers, do so with larger auditoriums and set end dates leading to higher demand.
The play follows Harper Lee’s 1960 novel of the same name, with Celia Keenan-Bolger playing Scout, Will Pullen playing Jem, Danny Wolohan playing Arthur “Boo” Radley and Jeff Daniels playing Atticus Finch. It is produced by Rudin, written by Oscar-winning playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Bartlett Sher. Ticketing information can be found on Broadway’s website.