It’s not the new Harry Potter movie you might have wanted, but it’s pretty darn close, and now it’s coming pretty darn closer than the famed east end theatre district of London. You may have read – or more likely devoured – the book version of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II, but if you’re terribly interested in seeing the events play out as intended, there’s good news for you. Harry Potter is coming to Broadway! The Boy Who Lived, now the Man Who’s Overworked, will be bringing the gang to the Great White Way in fabulous New York City about 18 months from now.
According to the web-based home of all things Harry, Pottermore, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callendar are presently in “detailed talks” to bring The Cursed Child across the Pond. Talks must be going very, very well for the official Potter site to be making the news as opposed to an outside media source. On top of that announced, it’s being reported that the proposed home of The Cursed Child is moving ahead with renovations next year that will allow for the play’s staging in Spring 2018. The New York Times says that the Lyric Theatre will be expanded to hold 1,500 people while making the venue “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.”
Presently, the Lyric is home to Paramour, a Cirque du Soleil show that’s scheduled to close in April. Renovations will then begin in May, which should make everything nice and new for rehearsals to begin on The Cursed Child sometime that fall. None of this is set in stone yet, but given the renewed Potter frenzy thanks to London release of The Cursed Child, the worldwide release of the book based on it, and the box office success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they would have to be crazy not to make this happen as hastily as humanly possible.
We’ll have more news about the Broadway debut of Harry Potter as the details become available.