With his luggage full of misunderstood monsters, Newt Scamander crossed the Atlantic, entered New York City and scored big at the box office. This time, another JK Rowling masterpiece is set to debut in New York. "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child" is reportedly gearing up for a Broadway production.
"Harry Potter & The Cursed Child" won the Award for Best Play at the 2016 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. And with its success comes the inevitable expansion of the JK Rowling original play. The Movie Pilot reports that the crew of "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child" is set play at the Lyric Theatre in New York City.
The "Harry Potter" spin-off is set to hit the Broadway theater in the spring of 2018. According to the New York Post, the Ambassador Theatre Group, owner of the Lyric Theatre, is investing a huge amount of money to "tailor the theater specifically" for "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child." The renovation of the theater will start after Cirque du Soleil's "Paramour" comes to a close in April.
According to Sonia Friedman, one-half of the production team of "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child," the Ambassador Theatre Group made an offer the "Harry Potter" team cannot refuse. JK Rowling, author of the best-selling series chimed in saying that she is delighted to be "one step closer to bringing 'Harry Potter & The Cursed Child' to Broadway." Rowling added that they are very excited "by the proposed plans."
That said, it puts tremendous pressure on "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child." The Lyric Theatre have been home to the biggest Broadway flops in theater history and with the Ambassador Theatre Group shelling out millions of dollars to accommodate "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child," must deliver big to bring the theater back to life.
Collin Callender, the other half of the producing team of "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child," said that they want the theater to feel "like the audience will be entering the world of 'Harry Potter'." The designer of the "Harry Potter" sets, Christine Jones, is reportedly going to be closely involved in the renovation of the theater. Everything in the theater will follow the style of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
With "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child" exceeding expectations with regards to ticket sales in London, Broadway experts are of the opinion that the demand in New York would be even greater. While no New York pricing has been worked out as of this writing, reports suggest that the ticket prices for both parts of the play will be in the range of $40 to $850 per seat.
Ambassador Theatre Group is banking that "Harry Potter And The Cursed Child" will make it big on Broadway. That's almost a certainty these days since anything JK Rowling touches become instant magic.