Wizards, witches and muggles alike! Get ready because a magical experience is heading straight for the heart of New York City! It was officially announced today that the highly critically-acclaimed play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be making its debut on Broadway next year.
It was about a year ago, when author J.K. Rowling tweeted with fans about the possibility of taking bringing the play to other countries or on an international tour. Speculation began to grow within the theater community that the play may potentially be hitting New York City in either 2017 or 2018.
Speculation has turned into reality! The two-part play, which won a record nine Olivier Awards in April, will officially open at the Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018.
News regarding casting and preview will be announced at a later date however, ticket will be going on sale this fall at HarryPotterThePlay.com.
For fans not familiar with the premise of the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is considered the 8th installment in the series and picks up 19 years after the completion of The Deathly Hollows tale. The official synopsis of the play, directly from the play’s website, is as follows:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
The play is based on an original story by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Tiffany is also the director of the show’s production in London’s West End which premiered in July of 2016.
The Ambassador Theatre Group, which owns the Lyric Theatre in NYC, announced in December 2016 that they intended to renovate the venue to make for a more intimate, playhouse type setting. Renovations include downsizing Broadway’s largest venue from a 1900 seat theater to approximately 1500 seats. Additionally, the theater’s spacious lobby will also be transformed to match the theme of the play.
It certainly sounds like New York City theater-goers can look forward to a magical experience from start to finish. We can’t wait to go see this play! ACCIO TICKETS!!
A karaoke obsessed, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?).