Cursed Child Broadway Opening Revealed

Muggles stateside will finally get to see the latest addition of the Harry Potter canon, with the two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally set for its Broadway debut on April 22, 2018.

The play made its world premiere at The Palace theatre on the West End of London in July of 2016. Since then it has set records for both the total number of Olivier nominations (eleven) as well as wins (nine). Moviepilot.com reports that the play is so popular that some shows have been sold out a year in advance, making an online lottery held every Friday the only way to score a ticket.

Rose at the Sorting Hat ceremony

The play takes place about twenty years after the Battle of Hogwarts, picking up after the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is also seen in the film, where Harry and Lily, now married, take their son, Albus Severus to Platform 9 3/4 to catch the Hogwarts Express. Albus, feeling the pressure of having a famous dad, doesn’t take to the popularity that should await him, and instead of chumming around with Rose Granger-Weasley, he becomes besties with Scorpius Malfoy. Father and son have a difficult relationship and that leads to very dark and dangerous places. It’s a two-part play that has to be viewed in order, so you can binge it all in one weekend day as both a matinee and evening performance, or you can catch it over two evenings. The play was written by Jack Thorne based on a story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany, who directed the London play, and will continue as director for the US production. No casting announcements have been made as of yet.

The New York Times reports that the play’s Broadway home, The Lyric Theatre, which was just vacated last month by Cirque du Soleil‘s Paramore, is removing about 1/5 of its seats in order to make the experience more intimate. Broadway audiences will be spoiled for choice when it comes to in-demand, difficult-to-come-by performances next year, as the highly anticipated musical theatre adaptation of the movie Frozen will also premier in the spring of next year, according to TheVerge.com.

The center of the online Potter universe

To keep up to date on information, you can check out the Pottermore site, or follow Cursed Child NYC on Twitter. Tickets will only be available at HarryPotterThePlay.com starting in the fall. Until then, if you want to give the novels a read-through before seeing it on Broadway (or because you haven’t read them in a month or so), in June, Pottermore will be launching its Wizarding World Book Club along with Bloomsbury and Scholastic. Every month will have a theme, and you can re-read the novels and debate them for free on the site with others.

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