Original London stars to lead Harry Potter cast on B'way
|Photos by Charlie Gray|
|Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Noma Dumezweni|
as Hermione Granger & Jamie Parker as Harry Potter
Producers Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Theatrical Productions have now announced casting for the eagerly anticipated Broadway transfer of the West End smash hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II, which will officially open at the Lyric Theatre on April 22, 2018.
Seven of the play's original London stars will reprise their respective roles for the Broadway production including Olivier Award winner Jamie Parker (as Harry Potter), Olivier Award winner Noma Dumezweni (as Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (as Ron Weasley), Poppy Miller (as Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (as Albus Potter), Alex Price (as Draco Malfoy) and Olivier Award winner Anthony Boyle (as Scorpius Malfoy).
They are joined 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.
Director John Tiffany released the following statement:
“We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway. Our Cursed Child family is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues…”
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, set 19 years after the last Rowling novel, and the first official stage production of Harry Potter.
Synopsis: "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."
Under the direction of John Tiffany, the creative team behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe, movement by Steven Hoggett, scenic design by Christine Jones, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Gareth Fry, and illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison.
As previously reported, Ambassador Theater Group plans a multi-million dollar renovation of Broadway's 1,900-seat Lyric Theatre, removing 400 seats and creating a more intimate space to accommodate director John Tiffany's staging of the play. ATG also plans a renovation of the theatre's lobby and a relocation of the main entrance from 42nd Street to 43rd Street.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opened at London's Palace Theatre to excellent reviews on July 30, 2016, following previews from June 7. The play is performed in two parts with the option for audience members to attend either both parts in the same day or on seperate days.
In April 2017, the London world premiere production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made Olivier Awards history, scooping a record-breaking nine awards including "Best New Play."
- by Tom Millward