Friday 23rd Mar 2018
It’s been one week since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began preview performances in New York. So how’s everything been in the past seven days? Well, pretty busy...
From slick Vogue photoshoots to Saturday street parties, New York has had an incredible time celebrating the first performances of Cursed Child on Broadway. While we’re still only in early previews, the Cursed Child team have been bringing the magic to the Big Apple in many different ways this week. Here are just a few of the things they’ve been up to in the past seven days...
A 10-hour street party
On Saturday 10 March, Cursed Child fans flocked to 43rd Street, lining up in an orderly (or should that be disorderly?) fashion outside Lyric Theatre’s box office for the chance to snap up over a thousand tickets to the very first preview performances of Parts One and Two for just $20 per part. To keep morale up as the hours wore on from 8am to 6pm, many, many cups of coffee, hot chocolate, doughnuts and pizza were handed out for the keen ticket-grabbers, and even the cast themselves came out to say hello while on a break from their busy rehearsal schedule.
And good things come to those who wait: the lucky fans who waited in line got to see the first-ever Cursed Child preview shows on Broadway last weekend – and even made new friends in those 10 hours they spent waiting. Blub.
A lavish photoshoot
Esteemed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, who has snapped the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and John Lennon, has captured the Cursed Child cast in an exquisite new photoshoot for Vogue. Sorry Colin Creevey, we think Harry Potter’s hanging out with the big leagues now.
A brand-new theatre
And, of course, with a brand-new production of Cursed Child comes a theatre with a brand-new look.
Almost time to welcome our first #CursedChildNYC preview audience inside the beautifully renovated Lyric Theatre, which was co-designed by Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis. pic.twitter.com/RvdQprtg6j— Cursed Child NYC (@HPPlayNYC) March 16, 2018
The Lyric Theatre, which lives on 43rd Street in Manhattan, has been redesigned by Christine Jones and Brett J Banakis, and is now adorned with gorgeous Harry Potter imagery on the insides, including beautiful Patronus portraits by artist Peter Strain.
First-ever Broadway performances
Oh! And the most exciting thing of all – performances of Cursed Child have officially started, with audiences stepping inside the beautiful new Lyric Theatre to see some of the first-ever New York shows.
Inevitably, after the first previews… the Company celebrated with cake. Quite right, too.
And that’s just the beginning…
After all that activity in only one week, the Cursed Child excitement keeps on going, with previews continuing for the next few weeks until the play officially opens on 22 April. If you’re US-based, tickets are released regularly in person at the box office, or via the official website and Ticketmaster, so keep checking in.
And don’t forget the Friday Forty opens every Friday at specifically 12.01am (Eastern Time), where you can enter for the chance to buy tickets for the next week’s performances for just $20 per part ($40 total).
If you’re UK-based, remember that the London production for Cursed Child continues – there’s still a couple of months left to catch the current cast, and at the end of May, Cursed Child enters its third year at the Palace Theatre in the West End, complete with a brand-new Harry. You can read all the details about that here.
More tickets will be released for the London shows on 5 April, so keep your eyes open.
And for any more information on Cursed Child either here at home, or across the pond, check out the official website.