Saturday was the original reason for our NYC trip… multiple Tony-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! I bought the screenplay in hardback at the midnight release so I knew the story and was looking forward to seeing how the heck they would do these effects live on stage! I tried to buy tickets for the original London show, but that was an online mess with at least 60,000 people ahead of me, so needless to say I didn’t get any. After the Broadway opening was announced, last October Ticketmaster allowed fans to sign up for a chance at a ticket code, then only people with valid codes would be able to purchase tickets during a specific hour window. Several HP friends & I signed up for codes, but I was the only one I knew who received one! Buying tickets in my hour window was smooth, I chose August with decent seats to see both parts on a Saturday, and I bought 6 tickets since that was the maximum I could buy. Before that day was over, Melanie claimed 2, and Kim had claimed the other 2…so appropriate since Melanie & I bonded over Harry Potter in 2003, and I’ve known Kim online since the 2005 PotterParties days of The Leaky Cauldron fan website but had never yet met her in person!
Ready for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Kim & I both enjoy hard ciders, and one of my favorite brands she hasn’t been able to find for sale near her, so I brought a bottle with me. We we were afraid it would be confiscated at the theatre, so Glen & I walked to her hotel first, which was the first time I saw her in person, with a big smile & great hug! 😀 In another 10 minutes we were across Times Square at the theatre, where Melanie & Mac were already inside, and we met Kim’s friend Deanna. We were glad we were plenty early since we had a cocktail in a souvenir glass, checked out merchandise, and were amazed how even the carpets and walls had been changed to be specific to this show! Not sure you can see how teal-green the Slytherin room was… 😉
By the time we left the theatre, we had a little over 90 minutes to find some food before Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2, and Kim had found this cute place called Lillie’s Victorian near Times Square, so it seemed perfect for our Wizarding World day! I think everyone had fish & chips except Glen & me, service at the bar was quick & tasty, then we walked back just in time for the next security line back into the Lyric Theatre…
After our early dinner we walked back to get in the security line into the Lyric Theatre…where almost all the merchandise had changed and the stage was set for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2 to begin! Even though we were sitting down most of the day, watching 5 hours of entertainment was surprisingly tiring! All the posters and signs are still asking everyone to “KeepTheSecrets” and we could see why. Glen explained it as watching an elaborate live magic show with a plot, and I was glad to see how they did the live practical effects that I read in the script, which is completely different than digital effects for movie magic. We will say there are several effects that seem to require long-term physical alterations to the theatre outside of the stage areas, so this may not go on tour as much as have a longer run in certain cities like San Francisco, Melbourne & Hamburg announced so far…so if you do have a chance to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway before June, you might want to!