Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will welcome a host of new witches and wizards in the new year. Among them is If/Then alum James Snyder, who will take on the title role in the two-part play beginning March 20, 2019.
Also joining that day will be Jenny Jules (The Crucible) as Hermione Granger, Nicholas Podany as Albus Potter, Diane Davis (Amy and the Orphans) as Ginny Potter, Matt Mueller as Ron Weasley, Nadia Brown as Rose Granger-Weasley, Bubba Weiler (Dead Poet's Society) as Scorpius Malfoy, and Jonno Roberts (Take Me Out) as Draco Malfoy.
Also taking the stage in a variety of new and familiar roles will be Aaron Bartz, Will Carlyon, Kimberly Dodson, Patrick Du Laney, Sara Farb, Jonathan Gordon, Steve Haggard, Eva Kaminsky, Jack Koenig, Rachel Leslie, Sarita Amani Nash, Fiona Reid, Katherine Reis, Kevin Matthew Reyes, Antoinette Robinson, Tony winner Stephen Spinella, Tom Patrick Stephens, Erica Sweany, and Karen Janes Woditsch, appearing alongside original cast members Brian Thomas Abraham, Olivia Bond, Stephen Bradbury, James Brown III, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Zoë Feigelson, Jack Hatcher, Edward James Hyland, Joey LaBrasca, Landon Maas, James Romney, and Alex Weisman.
The Tony- and Olivier-winning play, penned by Jack Thorne (who crafted the story with J.K. Rowling and director John Tiffany), picks up at the start of the seventh novel’s epilogue, in which Harry Potter’s youngest son Albus sets off for his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While struggling to follow in the footsteps of his father's legacy, Albus begins a complicated mission to live up to the Potter name.
The Broadway production officially opened at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre April 22 after a world premiere in London’s West End. Subsequent stagings are set to play Melbourne, San Francisco, and Hamburg.
"In my wildest dreams, I would have never been in this play," Snyder says in the rehearsal video below. "I'm still in disbelief, and I think a lot of us are just still giddy with what it means to be a part of this world, and also just excited to go forward and explore the human relationships of the characters. It's joy. It's magic. It's love."