‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ starry opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last night was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Magic Johnson, EJ JohnsonSpike Lee, Fran Lebowitz, Hasan Minhaj, Samuel L. Jackson, Zosia Mamet, Andrew Rannells, Jon Hamm, Michael Stuhlberg, Lesley Stahl, Iman, Bernadette Peters, George C. Wolfe, Adam Rippon, Tina Fey, Alex Witt, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joe Morton and Andrea Martin.

The stakes are high for the Broadway production, with a script byAaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher, after facing opposition from the estate of Mockingbird novelist Harper lee.

Molly Bloom, the real-life inspiration of the Sorkin-directed  feature film “Molly’s Game,” was also spotted in the crowd.

“I don’t know how he had time to do this,” Bloom said of Sorkin. “’Molly’s Game’ was just last year at this time and he has so many other projects going for him. Aaron and I have become very good friends. I remember when this project came to him and how he didn’t hesitate even though it’s the story that creates such polarization, that really rifts on the controversial dialogue we have with people with different views. He just took it on.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Anne Hathaway attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Hugh Jackman attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Jessica Chastain poses at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Iman attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Samuel L Jackson poses at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond pose at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Tonya Lewis Lee and Spike Lee pose at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Gayle King attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Jon Hamm attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L-R) Earvin Magic Johnson, wife Cookie Johnson and son EJ Johnson pose at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Zosia Mamet poses at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Adam Rippon attends opening night of 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for 'To Kill A Mockingbird')
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Billy Porter poses at the opening night of the hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' on Broadway at The Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Andrew Rannells attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on December 13, 2018 at The Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Mai-Linh Lofgren and Michael Stuhlbarg attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on December 13, 2018 at The Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Jeremy O Harris attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on December 13, 2018 at The Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Stephen McKinley Henderson attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on December 13, 2018 at The Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Ashleigh Banfield and Howard Gould attend the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' on December 13, 2018 at The Shubert Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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“I think it’s a career moment for him,” she continued. “But Aaron is also really devoted to humanity in his art. There is no one better to bring this.”

Jeff Daniels stars as the iconic attorney character Atticus Finch. Rounding out the cast are Celia Keenan-Bolger, Will Pullen, Gideon Glick, Frederick Weller, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Stark Sands, Dakin Matthews, Erin Wilhelmi, Danny McCarthy, Neal Huff, Phyllis Somerville, Liv Rooth, Danny Wolohan and LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

The powerhouse play tells the story of a 1930s Alabama town dealing with racial injustice and one man’s battle to defeat it.

Billy Porter, who won an Tony for his work in “Kinky Boots” said the message of inclusion from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel resonates today.

“I feel like the arts has the capacity to change people, to change hearts and minds. Art as activism is something that I have always been a part of,” said Porter, who recently became a first-time Golden Globe nominee for his work on FX’s ‘Pose.’ “’To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one of those pieces that paved the way for us to do that. It is very exciting.”

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