While New York-bound theater-goers have spent the last year lamenting the impossible task of getting Hamilton tickets, those headed to London’s West End overseas have been struggling to get in the door for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Well, lucky New Yorkers, you’re about to have two internationally famous shows you can’t get tickets to!
Pottermore has released an announcement that the West End hit is in final talks to take a Newt Scamander-style trip across the sea for a Broadway run at the Lyric Theater in New York. Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are on board to produce with a planned debut in the spring of 2018. But Cursed Child won’t just be taking over the Lyric Theater, it will be pulling off quite the feat of transfiguration with a completely remodeled version of the venue, made over from front of house to the stage itself to ensure the magical experience begins the moment you walk in the door.
Cursed Child, which has been playing at the Palace Theatre since June 7th, is in final negotiations with Abassador Theatre Group for a multi-million dollar transformation of the Lyric Theater that will scale the 1,900 seat venue into a “more intimate 1,500 seat auditorium to accommodate the dramatic look and feel of Cursed Child.”
‘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,’ said Frieman in the announcement.
She continued, ‘We are still subject to planning, but assuming we get the go ahead, we will have the theatre of our dreams that will be intimate enough for a drama, yet big enough for us to follow in the footsteps of the London production and continue to provide low priced tickets throughout the auditorium.’
Set Designer Christine Jones, who also created the look of Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre‘, plans to create an entirely new aesthetic for the New York performances. “The hope is that this theatre will have its own soul and its own identity,” she said, “very much a New York theatre from the period and not just a recreation of what was made in London.’
If there was ever any doubt (and I’m pretty sure if you ask Universal Studios, there never was) Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s recent successes have proven that Harry Potter is still very, very good business. While the Fantastic Beasts saga is slated to run for four more films, Rowling has stated that Cursed Child is the end of Harry’s story and now those of us stateside (well those of us who can afford a trip to New York and Broadway tickets) will finally get to see that magical tale come to it’s proper end.