The Broadway transfer of the London smash-hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has revealed the date of its first Broadway preview. The stage production that picks up with J.K. Rowling’s beloved characters 19 years after The Deathly Hallows left off, will arrive on Broadway March 16, 2018, at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre. The production is scheduled to open as announced on April 22.
Lead producers Sonia Friedman and Collin Callendar have also stated that they are delaying the on-sale ticket date for the production by one week, in an effort to identify and prevent scalpers and “ticket bots” from snatching up tickets for the production’s anticipated New York arrival.
As previously reported, all theatregoers who wish to purchase tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child must register as Ticketmaster Verified Fan members, a process that allows the ticketing agency time to identify and eliminate bots and scalpers.
The Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration period will take place from October 1 at 10 AM/ET through October 5 at 10 PM/ET. After this time, verified fans will be equally eligible to receive an access code to purchase tickets on October 18 at 11 AM/ET. This new on-sale ticket date is six days later than the previously announced on-sale date of October 12.
Anticipating a rush of Verified Fan registration submissions, the show’s producers have built in extra time in order to sort through the submissions and weed out scalpers from genuine ticket buyers.
To register,visit HarryPotterthePlay.com/REGISTER, click on “register for ticket access” and fill in the requested details. According to the producers, “All those who register and are identified as genuine ticket buyers, not bots or scalpers, will be equally eligible to receive an access code. The selection process is randomized to ensure access to tickets is as fair as possible and is in no way influenced by a patron’s Ticketmaster purchase history. Those who receive an Access Code will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, October 18.”
The new practice, which seeks to limit the resale of in-demand Broadway tickets by third parties, has been implemented on Broadway only twice so far: Hamilton (which adopted the system earlier this year after ticket resales sky-rocketed), as well as Bruce Springsteen's history-making concert engagement Springsteen on Broadway at the Walter Kerr.
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“From the start of our journey bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the stage, it’s been a priority to get tickets into the hands of theatregoers. Every performance at the Lyric Theatre will have 300 seats throughout the theatre at $40 and under per part, with 150 of those seats priced at $20 per part. As in London, where a large percentage of our audience are first time theatregoers, tickets will be available at a wide range of prices across all performances, to allow as much flexibility as possible,” said producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender in a statement. “And while the play was conceived to be seen on the same day or consecutive evenings, it is also possible to purchase parts for non-consecutive dates, or even a single part.”
Original London stars Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley will reprise their performances as Harry, Hermione, and Ron, respectively.
Additional members from the London staging to cross the pond are Anthony Boyle, who also won an Olivier for playing Scorpius Malfoy, as well as Poppy Miller as Ginny Potter, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, and Alex Price as Draco Malfoy.
They will be joined in New York by David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, James Romney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman, and Benjamin Wheelwright.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the two-part follow up to Rowling’s massively popular series, features a new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany. The play officially premiered at the West End’s Palace Theatre in July 2016 and went on to win a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set design by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music and arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Gareth Fry, illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison, and music supervision and arrangements by Martin Lowe. Jim Carnahan serves as U.S. casting director.