The Cursed Child producers have revealed that the award-winning West End play may finally be on its way to America.
Pottermore are delighted to announce that plans are officially underway for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to open on Broadway, with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Calendar in detailed talks to open the show in a totally transformed Lyric Theater in New York in the spring of 2018. Yes, really!
The play is set 19 years after Rowling’s book series concluded the boy wizards teen years with harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows in 2007
After a hugely successful, award-winning opening at London’s Palace Theater in the summer, discussions to bring Cursed Child to Broadway are now in their final stages, with major theater owner Ambassador Theater Group (ATG) planning a huge multi-million-dollar transformation of the New York’s Lyric Theater in preparation for its big, Broadway opening.
Sonia Friedman, Colin Callendar, along with set designer Christine Jones, talked to Pottermore about the momentous news, choosing a new venue, and how it feels to be taking Cursed Child across the pond.
‘The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’ Sonia told us.
‘So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theaters in New York City.’Eventually, the team settled on The Lyric Theater, which will be completely remodelled and reconfigured from a 1,900 seat theater 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 theater being created especially for the Cursed Child, overseen by designer Christine and our director John Tiffany,’ Sonia explained.
‘We are still subject to planning, but assuming we get the go ahead, we will have the theater 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.’
New Yorker Christine Jones, who created the iconic look of Cursed Child at the Palace Theater, now has an entirely new space to play with, with scope to give the Lyric a distinctive new aesthetic from the London version.
‘It’s an incredibly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience,’ Christine said. ‘The hope is that this theater will have its own soul and its own identity, very much a New York theater from the period and not just a recreation of what was made in London.’
The front of house will also be redesigned which was a ‘massive selling point’ for the team.
‘What’s wonderful about the Lyric is that it has very generous public spaces front of house which will allow the audience a place to mingle in a way that’s unique in the Broadway landscape,’ Colin explained.
‘Having a large and spacious atmospheric front of house lobby area was as crucial to us as the space inside,’ Sonia agreed.
‘We know the moment people walk through the door, the experience begins.’
And how are the “three Js”, writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and, of course, J.K. Rowling, feeling about the new move across the pond?
‘They are very, very happy,’ Sonia said. ‘John is going to be crucial and very, very involved with Christine and the rest of the design team on the look, feel, and aesthetic and overall feel of the theatre. Jack can’t wait to see it, and Jo is fully, fully supportive of the whole venture. Our three Js are as great as ever.’
‘It feels like we’ve only just opened it in London but it’s a beautiful feeling being the custodians of this great work – the custodians on behalf of fans,’ Sonia added.
‘We know we need to bring it to New York as soon as we possibly can.’