Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came to Broadway having proven itself to critical acclaim and strong ticket sales in London’s West End.
The show came to Broadway to delight audiences from the Harry Potter books and movies, as well as people who are unfamiliar with either. Directed by John Tiffany (Once), this show came to life on Broadway in the redesigned Lyric Theater. This theater has been transformed into a giant new venue to host this great and exciting production.
Harry Potter Originally two separate parts, part 1 and part 2
Originally divided into two separate parts, parts one and two, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was JK Rowling’s first all-new Harry Potter story in nearly a decade. The show is set nineteen years after the events seen in the first novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This theatrical production follows Harry James Potter, who is now a government employee in the Ministry of Magic, with his son, Albus Severus Potter. A dark chain of events unfolds in this show.
Two games have finally been combined into one – Post COVID Hiatus 2021
For the two years before COVID-19, the show was presented in two different parts, often requiring two separate tickets on different days, with a total duration of around 6 hours. It lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes for the first part, and the second part lasted 2 hours and 35 minutes. Featuring a cast of over 30, the two-part show could be seen either back-to-back on the same day or on two separate days.
This caused endless confusion and was seen as a money grab by greedy JK Rowling who seems to be trying to maximize the return on her. Potter Brand. Rowling knew there was a small window before the brand fell out of favor with the TIK-TOK and Snapchat generation rejecting that kind of fantasy magic show format and instead focusing on 2-minute chat videos .
The one-part version of the show reopened after Covid 2021
The new one-part show reopened on Broadway on November 12, 2021 at the Lyric Theater following its COVID-19 hiatus. The show is now presented as one show instead of the original two parts. The new abridged version of the show is now 3 hours and 30 minutes long, with a 15-minute intermission.
Critics lament that the old two-part show was too long and a bit boring
The original two-part show was repetitive and a bit boring during its total six-hour run. Playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and author JK Rowling worked on a new condensed version of the show, which was easy enough to do.
Critics complained that they fell asleep on this show and only awoke occasionally to wipe off their excess dribbling. Potter superfans have enjoyed every moment of the show, but the producers know that these Potter fanatics are getting older and dwindling in number.
Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender realized the show could start to appeal to mainstream audiences again and they used the COVID break as an opportunity to rework the show, away from Potter fanatics and more towards a general audience.
The new one-part show will also sell better in the post-COVID-19 economy, where ticket buyers and visitors are much scarcer. No sane parent would now let their child come to New York alone. We realize we’re not in Kansas anymore.
The show is not a play or a musical. It’s more like a theme park show
The show is decidedly not a musical (per JK Rowling’s request) as it does not feature any vocals, although there is plenty of music in the show.
The show has many low-cost ticket options and has seen large numbers of children and young adults come to the show who have never seen a Broadway show before, often up to 30% of the audience.
It’s that demographic that’s been used to paying $10 for a book or $15 to see the movie, who would struggle to pay $100 for the show, so Harry Potter has plenty of low-cost ticket options for draw them, including a lottery, standing room only and ticket sales for verified fans that sell for up to $25 per ticket.
Date of reopening after the pandemic:
Opening: November 12, 2021