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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Broadway)

Members say: Great staging, Enchanting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see

About the show

Harry Potter comes to Broadway all grown up in this two-part story that picks up with Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermoine nineteen years after the events of the final book. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Play.

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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. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' 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. 


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95
Financial Times (UK)

"Thoroughly rewarding and accomplished, both in conception and execution...The play is a thrilling maze of adventures, yes, but it is also a moving and sophisticated exploration of the turbulent tides of adolescence...Even Potter-phobes could be seduced by both the tale itself and the production’s technical brilliance...Tiffany...ushers us through the story’s convolutions with an almost awe-inspiring fluidity. The production’s five-hour-plus expanse flashes by in what seems like half the time." Full Review

95
Theatermania

"It is not only the most magical show on Broadway, but the best day I've spent in the theater in a long time...Nostalgia is not enough: You have to offer something fresh, as 'Cursed Child' marvelously does...Tiffany exploits cutting-edge stagecraft to maximum effect...Convincing performances from the 40-person cast sell the magic and earn our emotional investment...Both relevant and timeless, 'Harry Potter' is the epic of our time and it is thrilling that the theater is a part of that." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"Anyone still ready to dismiss 'The Cursed Child' as a cynical brand extension...clearly hasn't experienced the thrilling theatricality, the pulse-pounding storytelling vitality, and the unexpected emotional richness of this unmissable two-part production...It's not hyperbole to call the show sheer magic...Witnessing elevated stagecraft applied to a time-traveling fantasy story of this nature conjures a sense of wonder and excitement that evokes vintage Saturday-matinee serials." Full Review

95
Front Mezz Junkies

"This play and production is theatrical genius with layers upon layers of cape-tastic excitement and wand-elishous magic that just keep out-doing itself, raising the bar from one moment to the next...The true beauty of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is that everyone can enjoy and take great pleasure in Moaning Myrtle, and this story. As meticulously directed by co-creator Tiffany, no one is left behind; everyone is invited to this wondrous party as this production flies up high." Full Review

95
DC Metro Theater Arts

"Amazing bursts of magic that dazzle in the darkness, distinctive characterizations of a host of eccentric, endearing, and evil personalities by an enthralling cast...Under Tiffany's masterful direction, the depth and richness of the characters' emotions and psychology are never lost amidst the captivating spectacle. There is a fine balance between surreal fantasy and universal feelings...unsurpassed production values…truly superlative work." Full Review

95
NJ.com

"It feels like a Potter novel, with its elaborate plot fueled by magical misdoing, and its mixture of silly humor and surprising pathos. The creative team has done an extraordinary job making room on stage for any number of plot devices...One of the most visually majestic, consistently surprising Broadway productions ever mounted...Tiffany and his company never once let the trickery overwhelm the feeling...Far and away the best thing we’ve seen on Broadway this season." Full Review

95
Theater Life

“This production fulfills the richness of Rowling’s story telling...Only the essential elements of theater craft reign here...We’re captured by the innocence of child’s play...All of this requiring nothing more than the richness of theatrical imagination and childlike inspiration…Wonderfully well cast...What is most interesting about the acting style is its truthfulness and immediacy...The acting focuses on the essence of character, rather than its personal or idiosyncratic aspects...Highly e... Full Review

95
Fordham Observer

“A piece of theater so intensely enchanting, its wizardry a thing of hypnosis...A theatrical experience that defies all imagination of the possibilities of stage and theater...The stunning, breathtaking illusions that furnish this show are enough to forever entrust ‘Cursed Child’ among the most thrilling, awe-inspiring experiences ever to be mounted on Broadway....First-rate acting...The characters presented on stage feel genuinely and vividly like the text-bound creations.” Full Review

95
Parade

“One perfect Broadway play…One of the most extraordinary stage presentations I’ve ever seen…Ultimately beyond the gorgeous stagecraft, the intriguing plot twists and the beautiful storytelling, this is a tale about fathers and sons...about coming to understand who you are and what you really want to be…I was so thoroughly engrossed in the play’s world that I never expected I would have to leave…‘Cursed Child’ has a precision and clarity in its stagecraft that is rarely matched.” Full Review

95
Limelight Magazine (AU)

"The design team has created a magical space...Compelling storytelling...thrillingly inventive staging...For all its magic and mayhem, at the heart of the play lie universal themes of friendship, loyalty, trust and the old truism that history has a habit of repeating itself...A fast-paced Rubik's cube type affair with the kind of reveals that make Potter aficionados gasp out loud...A play with great heart and many lessons to teach." Full Review

95
Rolling Stone

"It’s not a rehash of the books and movies – it's a thrilling continuation of the Potter saga...A triumph of epic proportions, not only heaven for Potterheads, but a marvel of stagecraft that will soon be the stuff of legend...The story – dark, dazzling, and more soulful than anything on screen...Eyes will pop and jaws will drop at the theatrical wizardry...It’s more than the best new play of the season. It’s some kind of miracle." Full Review

93
Front Row Center

"J.K. Rowling’s writing is masterful. Even though this play was written by Jack Thorne, it has her finger prints all over it...These are not the fancy schmancy special effect, but they are spectacular. They are simplicity itself, made of puppetry magic and lighting that tells us exactly where to look...The ensemble’s choreographed movements, clean, simple and unrelenting, give the entire production a physical urgency...Bravo, Brava, Bravastrodamus!" Full Review

90
Time Out New York

"A triumph of theatrical magic...Combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined...It is often suspenseful and sometimes downright frightening. Yet amid the cinematic tumult and dazzle of the densely action-packed plot, Thorne and Tiffany carve out quiet scenes of intimacy and tenderness. Great care has gone into creating each moment of this state-of-the-art adventure. It leaves its audience awestruck, spellbound, and deeply satisfied." Full Review

90
Lighting & Sound America

"It is a cracking good story, featuring J. K. Rowling's trademark airtight construction and psychological acuity, which combine to keep us utterly engrossed in this five-hour saga...And yes, there's plenty of stage magic, all of it breathtaking. But Rowling and company have got their priorities straight...character and narrative come first...The best thing about 'The Cursed Child' is that its creators refuse to bombard the audience with unnecessary displays of technology." Full Review

90
The Guardian (UK)

"The dazzling two-part epic now making a triumphal entry onto Broadway...Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne have reinvestigated what made the books work in the first place – a fairytale spine and psychodrama muscles all wrapped up in some incredibly specific world-building – and they’ve used their findings to craft a new story...Broadway hasn’t seen magic like since the profoundly embarrassing and moustached days of 'Merlin.' Its return is thrilling." Full Review

90
Chicago Tribune

"It is, at once, a feast of epic theatricality in celebration of the imagination; an immersive coda to the most powerful literary brand of a generation; and a must-see, totally enveloping, thoroughly thrilling chance to experience the global power of shared storytelling at its most robust...Tiffany, Hoggett, and Jones carved out a theatrical playing space for the storytelling, something that interacts with what you have in your head and does not compete with the images of the movies." Full Review

90
The Telegraph (UK)

"'Cursed Child' respects the audience’s intelligence as it engulfs them in a world potentially more sinister than a lot of American children's literature...The play has an emotional honesty that, like the books, never sinks into sentimentality and guarantees its endurance. At its essence is a story about parents and children, specifically fathers and sons, struggling to connect with a loved one they can’t understand." Full Review

90
Broadway & Me

"It's a smart idea, playing directly to the Gen Y-ers, who grew up reading and loving the Potter books...It's hard even for Potterheads, who cheer loudly whenever a familiar name or place is mentioned, to follow what's going on. But plot is just a Maguffin for Rowling who has always been far more interested in the atmospheric setting of the world she created and the emotional connections between the people who populate it. Thorne and Tiffany remain true to that spirit." Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

“An all-encompassing experience...An unforgettable theatrical journey...Thanks to Tiffany’s keen eye and a stellar creative team...’Harry Potter’ is able to maintain focus as well as a captivating emotional integrity throughout...Not a cry, rumble or cell phone was heard...instead, replaced by gasps at theatrical magic, and a roaring sound of applause at evening’s end...The triple-threat integration of stagecraft, technology, and good ole’ acting chops legitimize ‘Harry Potter’s’ Broadway arr... Full Review

90
WNYC

“The gang's back together, and Harry, Hermione, and Ron are just as delightful as they ever were...The result is thrilling, thanks in part to enchanting stagecraft...There are events on stage that seem impossible, and effects that are simply astonishing...But the reason this show is magical is not just due to theater wizardry. It's also because the themes at its heart are moving ones." Full Review

90
The Stage (UK)

"It remains utterly gripping and entirely original in its own right...Tiffany’s urgent, theatrical production is a continuing marvel, boasting absolutely brilliant effects but always remaining foregrounded in the storytelling...At this show’s heart is its humanity, and how it poignantly addresses themes of parental legacy, loss and regret. This is why – beyond all the hype...this Broadway production looks sure to replicate the stratospheric success it has enjoyed in the West End." Full Review

90
Newsday

"Even if you've not read a single book, it's the getting there that creates the wonder of it all. The stagecraft on display is unlike anything I've seen, with magical moments taking your breath away at every turn...As for the cast, it's perfection, down to every member of the huge ensemble. The show really belongs to the impeccable performances of Clemmett's Albus and Boyle's Scorpius...The production somehow has the feel of a musical...It's not to be missed." Full Review

90
StageZine

"It will always be known as the theatrical masterpiece that redefined how high-tech special effects should be done for the stage, but it is not merely a tour de force because of a bag of Broadway magic tricks. This is a classic saga of parents and children and the things in life threatening to tear them apart...They have taken beloved characters from Ms. Rowling’s popular franchise of books and films and created a stage book that is accessible to everyone." Full Review

90
ZEALnyc

“A fluid and brisk production...The physical production is downright resplendent...There’s magic aplenty...The tricks never upstage the action, nor do they become the sole reason for the show’s existence...Beyond the physical production, the play’s biggest asset is its ability to make us care about these characters...The story is intricate and surprising, but it’s never confusing...A far cry from your typical Broadway brand extension, and in many ways...an improvement over the quality of the ... Full Review

90
Deadline

"A marvel, a shape-shifting play that effortlessly incorporates music and choreographed movement, classic storytelling and fresh perspectives...This tale of whatever happened to The Boy Who Lived feels bracingly, piercingly new...Melding intricate, spellbinding storytelling with stagecraft that brings classic illusions into line with the demands of audiences used to all sorts of convincing special effects...The play adeptly weaves together storylines and the familiar Potter characters." Full Review


100
Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you want to see magic on stage. The stage work is amazing (acting, choreography, set, sound, lighting). A must see for Harry Potter fans.

Don't see it if you hated Harry Potter

100
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Harry Potter - or don't know anything about him! It's incredible acting with incredible effects and staging

Don't see it if ...can't think of a reason not to see...except maybe financial or too much time!

100
Funny, Epic, Intelligent, Great staging, Dazzling

See it if Def. if you’re an HP fan. If not there is still so much to enjoy if you like the genre. The writing is solid. Both funny and emotional.

Don't see it if You don’t like HP. That’s the only reason I can think of not to see it.

Also If you’re not familiar with the HP series it is still enjoyable. Could... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You can get tix. Saw in London and still saw in nyc. Still enchanting and worth the price.

Don't see it if You’re dead

100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Must see, Profound, Entertaining

See it if You love Harry Potter

Don't see it if You cant allow others to enjoy something, people will be dressed up in house pride and if you're annoyed by that its not fun.

100
Exquisite, Masterful, Riveting, Magical, Cinematic

See it if You are any degree of a Potter fan, if you love a clever story, and rich characters. This is a game changer and sets new standards.

Don't see it if You are short on time. It is two parts, each almost 3 hours in length, and they must be seen in the proper sequence.

Also I do believe you need prior knowledge of the books or movies to fully ... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Must see, Riveting, Magical, Mind blowing

See it if You are a fan of the books and the characters and want to see figurative and literal magic portrayed on stage.

Don't see it if You don't know what Hogwarts house you are in

Also This Ravenclaw is a huge Harry Potter nerd and my mind was blown. Won'... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You are a HP fan or just love great theater. I’ve seen in 3 times and it’s still magic come to life with a fantastic story

Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason

100
Greatest show ever, No seriously greatest show ever, Nothing better on broadway

See it if you love Harry Potter and want to see some real magic

Don't see it if you should probably see/read the 4-7 books/movies first.

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if one of the greatest theatre experiences i've had. beyond worthy of the harry potter name.

Don't see it if it's obviously better if you're a harry potter fan, but it's great for newbies, as well.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you want a true magical experience

Don't see it if you dont have good taste

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see

See it if all who read harry potter series and those that have not

Don't see it if no reason not to see

100
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are or aren’t a HP fan and want to be surprised & delighted by a well composed piece of theater, from story to stage, to performances.

Don't see it if You only like musicals (this is a play) or can’t sit for longer shows (its nearly 3 hours per part) or can’t afford or find tickets.

Also My son and I are not huge HP fans. We enjoyed the movies and books but... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a show with affects way ahead of its time. Nothing like this has ever been done on stage. If you love Potter, its perfect.

Don't see it if you have not read the books or seen the movies.

100
Enchanting, Epic, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you want to see a sweet story told through amazing stagecraft that truly is magical beyond all wonder!

Don't see it if you have absolutely no interest or knowledge of the Harry Potter books/movies

Also Believe all the hype and trust all the awards - this show was spectacu... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if You love the books and if you love magic!

Don't see it if ..

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you love the books and want to see how the story continues.

Don't see it if not interested in storyline

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like an epic story with astonishing and magical stagecraft. This is an amazing production of an epic play.

Don't see it if You can't sit for both parts. It's a 4-act play.

Also #KeepTheSecrets

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you're a Harry Potter fan and want to see incredible performances and stunning effects and set design.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Harry Potter.

100
Enchanting, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You have at least watched all the movies! You love a great story with amazing sets and special effects!

Don't see it if You don't like magic or trickery.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if You are a Harry Potter fan or you want to see a show that is awe inspiring and absolutely brilliant!!! A must see!!!

Don't see it if You don’t want to be exposed to one of the best shows in the 21st century!!

100
Enchanting, Epic, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if you love Harry Potter, love seemingly impossible feats of theatre being done with right in front of your eyes

Don't see it if you want a quick and easy show that doesn't last 5+ hours

100
Enchanting, Epic, Great acting, Must see, Great staging

See it if The show is pure theatrical magic. Loved the performances, loved the staging, loved every single moment. It absolutely lived up to the hype.

Don't see it if Go see it!

100
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Epic, Exquisite

See it if You are a big Harry Potter Fan and even if you are not the play wraps you in. It's a great story that takes you on a roller coaster!!

Don't see it if You need to see it❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging

See it if You were a lover of Harry Potter and want to see the next part. Even if you didn't like the book/script, you will feel differently now.

Don't see it if You aren't an HP fan who is willing to at least read the Playbill before the show starts.


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