J. K. Rowling can't be stopped. After penning the iconic #HarryPotter series and seeing it being adapted into one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, the author is making sure the Potter craze never dies by expanding its universe: in Harry's past as much as his future.
While Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them recently introduced us to magic in 1920s New York City, following around a certain Newt Scamander and his suitcase full of magical creatures, #HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild brought us an older version of Harry Potter, on paper and on stage in London's West End. As you would expect from magic-loving Muggles, the book and the tickets sold out in a matter of hours, while the Potterheads on the other side of the Atlantic were cursing themselves for not living in Britain.
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The Cursed Child Play Is Coming To Broadway!
Thankfully, such a success — and the Award for Best Play at the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards — meant that it wouldn't be long until the #CursedChild team would be eyeing #Broadway. As producer Sonia Friedman told Pottermore:
The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was 'when are you going to Broadway?'
Really, no one is surprised. What's crazy, however, is that the venue the crew picked to bring the play to New York City will be completely remodeled to accommodate the feel of the story. The Lyric Theatre, which currently has 1,900 seats, will be turned into a more intimate venue with 1,500 seats and more space on the stage. It's truly a unique kind of approach to setting up a show, and the producers are making sure the experience start "the moment people walk through the door," Friedman explained.
When the redesigned Lyric was presented to us as an idea and what the possibilities could be, we re-thought the whole thing and totally fell in love with the notion of a theatre being created especially for the Cursed Child, overseen by designer Christine and our director John Tiffany.
Obviously, this makeover will take longer than just rethinking the staging for American audiences, so you can expect the first shows in the spring of 2018 if everything goes according to plan. But don't worry, Friedman knows what the enthusiasm of Potterheads is like:
We know we need to bring it to New York as soon as we possibly can.
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