As Harry Potter and the Cursed Child prepares to make its Broadway premiere, opening April 22, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, audiences have been eagerly awaiting a casting announcement. With a wave of the magic wand, seven members of the London cast will cross the Atlantic to reprise their roles. Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) will all be present when the play begins previews in March. Mr. Parker, Ms. Dumezweni, Mr. Thornley, Ms. Miller, Mr. Clemmett, Mr. Price and Mr. Boyle are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
Joining the already mentioned players are 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 playing a variety of characters. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is another installment in J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s series about a young wizard named Harry Potter who escapes an abusive home when he finds out he is capable of magic and is invited to study magic at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play, which happens several years after the book series concludes, is based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (adapted into a play by Thorne) and will be directed by John Tiffany.
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Tickets for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale October 12, 2017 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan following a required registration period between October 1 – October 5, 2017. This will be the first time that a Broadway show has used this program, which protects ticket buyers from bots and ticket scalpers.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.