Har­ryPot­terandthe CursedChild plans 2018 Broad­way de­but

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By REUTERS in Los An­ge­les

Af­ter a hit de­but on London’s West End this sum­mer, Harry Pot­ter and the Cursed Child is in talks to move to New York’s Broad­way in 2018, pro­duc­ers say.

The play, based on au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing’s pop­u­lar boy wiz­ard char­ac­ter, is be­ing planned for Broad­way’s Lyric Theater, which will un­dergo a multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­vamp to house the elab­o­rate pro­duc­tion, the show’s pro­duc­ers say in a post on Rowl­ing’s web­site Pot­ter­more.com.

The Lyric Theater is one of Broad­way’s largest venues, with nearly 1,900 seats, and has housed com­plex the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2005 and Spi­der-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which ran from 2010 to 2014.

In prepa­ra­tion for Cursed Child, the Lyric Theater will be re­mod­eled with a slightly re­duced 1,500 seats, “to ac­com­mo­date the dra­matic look and feel” of the play.

Cursed Child is sold out at London’s Palace Theater un­til 2018, al­though more tick­ets are ex­pected to be re­leased in Jan­uary.

The play is set 19 years af­ter Rowl­ing’s book se­ries con­cluded the boy wiz­ard’s teen years with Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows in 2007.

The play is penned by Jack Thorne, with a story co-cre­ated by Rowl­ing, and cen­ters on the lives of an adult Harry Pot­ter and his son.

A book of the Cursed Child script, re­leased to co­in­cide with the open­ing of the play, has be­come a best-seller this year, with more than 3 mil­lion copies sold in the United States within its first month.

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