Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to return to Broadway this fall and, with it, a new show format that turns the original two-part experience into a single-ticket performance.
The reinvented show, produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, will debut at the Lyric Theater on Broadway in New York City on November 16, 2021. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting July 12, 2021.
The show’s North American comeback also includes stops in San Francisco and Toronto, Canada, which will move to the new one-part format while currently underway and upcoming productions in Melbourne, Australia, in the West. End of London and Hamburg, Germany will continue in the original two-part format.
the Cursed child is the latest show to schedule its return to New York stages alongside other recent announcements for The Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Mean, and the delayed beginnings of The man of music.
In a statement, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender called the reopening of Broadway “an unprecedented moment in theater history.” They shared that they were “thrilled” to announce the debut of a reimagined show “that the audience can see in an afternoon or an evening.”
“Given the challenges of putting together and directing a two-part show in the United States across Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the business challenges faced by the theater and tourism industries emerging from global shutdowns, we are excited to be able to move forward with a new version of the play that allows audiences to enjoy the full Cursed child adventure in one session eight times a week, ”said Friedman and Callender.
Broadway had been closed since March 2020, following a mandate from Governor Andrew Cuomo to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In May, more than a year after dark for theaters, the Broadway League and the Governor announced theaters could return to full capacity starting September 14.
In their statement, the producers noted that while “the global shutdowns were horrific and devastating on so many levels,” they provided the opportunity to bring their award-winning creative team together and work to create “a new one-game version. of the play it would be a compelling theatrical experience in itself.
The producers went on to describe their work to redesign the show, which had been the longest two-part play in Broadway history, as a “wonderful process of rediscovery” and which will continue to deliver “all the incredible magic, illusions, staging and narration around the same powerful story.
The play is based on a new original story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and is written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany. This is a scenic sequel to Rowling’s original bestseller Harry potter books and debuted in London in 2016 before opening on Broadway in 2018.
Rowling, in a statement, said that “collaborate on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been one of the great joys of my professional life.
“While no one would wish what happened over the past year, it gave Jack, John and the first-class creators who brought the production to life the opportunity to revisit the piece and find a new way of framing our story – with amazing illusions and exquisite new staging – while keeping our original story intact. “
Rowling’s statement follows a personally tumultuous year for writer and producer, starting with Rowling’s public support on social media from a researcher who was fired for transphobic comments. Several months later, she posted a Twitter thread in which she commented on a website’s use of trans-inclusive language while discussing menstruation.
“People who have their period. I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ” she wrote.
While some Hollywood actors and personalities have spoken out in favor of Rowling, including the former Harry potter star Ralph Fiennes, the two tweets sparked backlash on social media from members of the LGBTQ community. He also got a response from Universal Parks and condemnations from nonprofit LGBTQ media GLAAD and other LGBTQ Hollywood figures and allies.
Among them were other actors of the Harry potter films, including the actor behind the main character, Daniel Radcliffe.
“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and flies in the face of any advice given by professional healthcare associations who have much more expertise on this subject than Jo or I.”