‘Cursed Child’ in talks for 2018 Broadway debut

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Start saving your galleons for a trip to New York, because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is in talks to open on Broadway in spring 2018, Pottermore announced earlier this month.

Cursed Child’s producers are in talks with the Lyric Theatre, which, if all goes according to plan, will be reconfigured from its current 1,900-seat configuration to a more intimate 1,500-seat theater and get a redesigned front of house for the show.

The play’s creative team started looking at locations on the Great White Way in September, and talks to bring the show to the Lyric Theatre are now in their final stages, according to Pottermore.

Cursed Child has been a huge success since opening at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End at the end of July, earning rave reviews and being named best stage play at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards last month.

It’s been popular, too. With the exception of two shows this week, the London show is completely sold out through March, according to a check of the play’s site Sunday evening. (Although 40 tickets for the next week’s show are released every Friday, so there is some hope of getting ticket if you’re in London.) Tickets for April and beyond will be released in January.

Some fans have complained since the script was published in book form after the play officially opened on July 31 – namely, arguing a good deal of the script reads like bad fan-fiction, voicing problems with particular plot points and saying it can’t be accepted as cannon, since the script itself was based on a story by J.K. Rowling instead of having been written by her. (And others complained the script, which had long been advertised as a script, was, in fact, a script.)

Despite those complaints, the script was named the year’s best fantasy by Goodreads users and was Amazon’s best-selling book of 2016.

 

About Amanda Keim-Morrison

Amanda Keim-Morrison brings updates about J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to Nerdvana. She's a former East Valley Tribune reporter and State Press editor; she now lives in Minnesota, where she's been a writer, web producer and editor and currently works on the tech side of several news sites. Amanda is a Ravenclaw at Hogwarts, a Horned Serpent at Ilvermorny and has a white stallion for a Patronus.