Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC)
Opens Dec 07
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC)
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

Harry Potter is all grown up in this Tony-winner that brings the magic of the books alive on stage.

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Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you want more of that will happen to Harry and his friends and family along with flashes to the past as well a possible down future.

Don't see it if You are very unfamiliar with the series.

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Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Masterful

See it if you are a Harry Potter fan.

Don't see it if you're not a Harry Potter fan. I don't think the plot is interesting enough to capture a non Potterhead.

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Riveting, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Utterly enchanting show, especially for Harry Potter fans or those who like old school theater magic.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy fantasy or don't want to do a whole day of theater.

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Great staging, Boring, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You love the world of Harry Potter, and will forgive the lack of a story line of whining adolescents. The show is beautifully staged though.

Don't see it if You like the compelling plots and arcs of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. There are few redeeming characters but all playing minor roles.

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Exhausting, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You absolutely MUST absorb every piece of Harry Potter media, regardless of quality or freshness

Don't see it if You want anything more than a nostalgia milking machine. The story is atrocious and overlong fan fiction very clearly not written by Rowling

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Magical, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy eye-boggling theater magic and a clever dialogue/plot. This performance will keep you fully engaged for both parts.

Don't see it if You are not familiar with the Harry Potter series, or prefer shorter plays. You should have some context in order to fully enjoy the show. Read more

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Great spectacle, Magical, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if This is a must-see if especially if you are a Harry Potter fan! The staging is incredible and extremely impressive!

Don't see it if Don't see if you don't like long plays and get frustrated by time travel.

86
Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you're a Harry Potter fanatic...of course

Don't see it if you expect too much

Critic Reviews (67)

The New York Times
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Five hours of performance pass in a wizardly wink of an eye...Everything that happens onstage seems as improbably fluid as, well, time itself. It helps that what happens includes some of the most eye-boggling illusions you’ll ever witness...The new gold standard for fantasy franchise entertainment on Broadway...This slyly manipulative production knows exactly how, and how hard, to push the tenderest spots of most people’s emotional makeups."
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Time Out New York
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Jam-packed with breakneck plot twists, charming performances, mind-bending spectacle, and, perhaps more surprisingly, moments of theatrical whimsy that feel, amidst the high-tech sorcery, delightfully simple...It effectively weaves serious themes with bouncy adventure narrative, it’s heartfelt and sometimes a touch hokey...You’re pretty much willing to forgive its shortcomings as it sweeps you along in a rush of rip-roaring, good-natured imagination."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"A theatrical marvel...A technical achievement that redefines the possibilities of theatre. Strong performances and touching themes make it a worthy play, but magical showstoppers transfigure it into something else entirely...Of the many remarkable aspects...one of the strongest is the show’s disarming ability to evoke a previously untapped level of emotionality for fans...It’s an experience as singular, extraordinary, and unforgettable as seeing a boy with a lightning-shaped scar."
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Variety
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience...The story is a brand-new one, but there are plenty of familiar pleasures...But for all its inventive stagecraft devices, the show has a plot that really works as an extension of the Potter saga...We love seeing theater that shows us the true magic of great storytelling."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"The special effects are sensational, especially if you like theatrical 'black magic'...Plays like a musical—most of the show is underscored and all of the putative song cues are self-evident—and might have been slightly more fun had it been one...To those who have never read a Potter novel or seen a Potter film, 'The Cursed Child' will make no sense at all. Everyone else should find the plot trite, though there’s always something cool to see onstage, which helps a bit."
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Deadline
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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The Washington Post
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"This elaborate two-part, 5½ -hour stage sequel to J.K Rowling’s canonical series is like a witchy worship service for the countless consumers of every magical segue and subplot of the seven books and eight 'Harry Potter' movies...A dynamic pair of evenings replete with ahhhh-inspiring tricks and illusions...The rambling narrative is so filled with barely elucidated references to creatures and past events from the novels that you really do need, in a sense, to have been there."
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Chicago Tribune
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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New York Post
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Broadway’s never seen anything quite like it...'Cursed Child' is very much a play, and a captivating one at that...It best succeeds as a drama about a father and son trying so hard to communicate but not hearing each other...The clunky dialogue could have used some transfiguration, because Tennessee Williams, this isn’t...But nobody turns to 'Harry Potter' for Oscar Wildean wit. If you’re after escape, laughter, and a good cry, 'Cursed Child' delivers. It also boasts some strong performers."
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New York Daily News
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"There are more magic wands than you can shake a stick at in the wildly theatrical and thrilling Broadway spectacle...Eye-popping enchantment regularly flies off the stage...How'd-they-do-that marveling begins instantly as students go from street clothes to capes in a twirl...As with any story, it's all in the telling. What's so wondrous is how low-tech stagecraft brings such high-definition delight as the action unfolds...The show gleams like a bolt of lightning."
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AM New York
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Some fans may find it to be derivative in nature, but the play still makes for a rousing adventure narrative...The countless special effects — both old-fashioned and high-tech in nature — are stunning...Aside from being able to easily grasp the numerous references in the dialogue, a theatergoer with no prior 'wizarding' experience should still be able to have a great time — and may even find the show more enthralling than would a longtime fan."
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NY1
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"While the show is packed with many more dazzling tricks and illusions, it's the story that's drawing fans to this eighth installment in the popular series...As in the books, the play takes a dark turn with strong psychological overtones. Tiffany is a wizard himself, navigating the emotional terrain with his own theatrical magic. Alongside his longtime collaborator Steven Hoggett, and the genius design team, they have crafted a stunningly immersive and moving experience."
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Theatermania
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"While neophytes may not understand a lot of the references, there's a good amount of entertainment in the special effects, including eye-tricking costume changes, a funky time-travel effect and flying objects passing over the audience. From row P of the orchestra section of the cavernous Lyric Theatre, one might feel a bit disconnected from the characters and plot...but admittedly, that might just be the result of my unfamiliarity with the play's backstory."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Beyond the hype, the entertaining appearances by characters long familiar to fans, and the impressive stage magic...there is an even greater magic going on here. It is the spell that is cast by a well-crafted story...While Part I is mostly a hodgepodge of soft-sell character-introducing scenes, excursions into nostalgia, and modest bits of conjuring, do stick around. Because by the end of Part II, you will come to understand that this is...a fitting addition to the realm of Potter."
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New York Stage Review
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"While there is a good deal of machinery and a greater deal of millions behind it all, the specialest effect that shines through is high-grade theatrical imagination...We can easily list the admirable production staff...It is not quite so easy, though, to separate their accomplishments: everything blends in to create this wizardrous mélange...Midway through Part One you’ll likely be glad you’re there; and as Part Two starts, you’ll be thrilled, enthralled, and sitting raptly forward."
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New York Stage Review
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"There’s something about seeing Rowling’s wizards, witches, and Muggles presented in the flesh that drives home their essential, well, humanity...The core of 'Cursed Child’s' appeal lies in its more grounded aspects, like the basically naturalistic dialogue, and in moments when the characters must confront demons not terribly unlike those in our own world, before fully realizing the wonder of love...I left the theater both haunted and grateful—and not just for the production."
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Broadway News
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"What is a complete revelation...is the sheer scope and integrity of the accomplished storytelling the authors and entire creative team bring to 'Cursed Child'...The multigenerational plot is almost Shakespearean in its complications...The supreme feat that the play pulls off is that none of the stagecraft, gob-smackingly wondrous as it is, forfeits the privilege of us being taken somewhere of our own conjuring. The theatrical magic that unfolds is neither literal nor excessive."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The play leans heavily on pre-existing Potter staples, both in the present and the past...Scorpius and Albus are two of a kind, outsiders looking in. Watching their friendship develop and grow is one of the play’s more enjoyable aspects, although at times it’s a little too sticky-sweet...Tiffany keeps things moving but can’t impose much substance on the drama. Among the large cast, Boyle especially stands out as real and likable, even when he has to deliver soppy dialogue."
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CurtainUp
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"I'm happy to report that the buzz is not just a lot of hype. This is a hugely enjoyable show with a pretty easy to follow story that is cleverly tied in to the money hemorrhaging Potter franchise...The work of Tiffany, Hoggett and the other company wizards is indeed the major reason 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is enthralling from the moment the curtain rises — even when, during the first part, the story is at times somewhat sluggish and not all that extraordinary."
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Front Row Center
April 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"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!"
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Front Mezz Junkies
April 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Exeunt Magazine
May 1st, 2018
For a previous production

"The physical staging...is seamless, and the emotional performances are deeply specific to each character. The cast brings these familiar characters to life in a way that does not shun what we know of them in the zeitgeist, but rather brings something new...Structurally it is a strange balance of short cinematic scenes brimming over with tepid, often predictable dialogue and the absolutely beautiful movement-heavy transition sequences. A textually weak play."
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Broadway Blog
May 8th, 2018
For a previous production

“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 arrival.”
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C
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The real wizard of this show is director John Tiffany, who along with...his entire creative team, consistently creates some of the most remarkable stage pictures ever...Those audience members who are already intensely familiar...will unquestionably be the bigger beneficiaries of this outing, while others may be momentarily confused or even bored...For all of the play’s ingenuity, it’s also remarkably repetitive and top-heavy on exposition."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
April 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"Those who have only the barest familiarity (or none) with the Potter books will be at a disadvantage, so it's best to go with someone who knows them…Although there are serious moments of human interest in the dramatic interactions among the play's friends and family member characters, audiences…are likely to be entranced mostly by the spectacle…While the…cast speaks the wordy dialogue precisely, the driving pace and need to reach ears in the large house…forces much of it to be shouted."
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DC Theatre Scene
April 26th, 2018
For a previous production

"Whatever the extent of your Potter training, prepare to be dazzled. The special effects are awe-inspiring...The design team works overtime...Add to that some first-rate acting among the 40-member cast...The storytelling that is most satisfying for the less Potter-obsessed are those elements that make 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' feel like the theatrical equivalent of a Young Adult Novel — its exploration of adolescent friendships and father-son relationships."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Gotham Playgoer
April 26th, 2018
For a previous production

"There is a wonderful cast of 40, mostly imported from London, a striking set design by Christine Jones evocatively lit by Neil Austin, terrific movement direction by Steven Hoggett, excellent costumes by Katrina Lindsay and seamless direction by John Tiffany. The illusions and magic by Jamie Harrison are often breathtaking...The problem for me was that I found the plot both convoluted and repetitious. It did not succeed in holding my interested for over five hours."
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The Wrap
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Without prior knowledge of the 'Potter' story, you won’t be able to understand what’s happening on stage...Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany have taken the very sophisticated approach of plunging you right into the maelstrom of the wizard phenomenon...Great children’s theater that in no way attempts to replicate the movies...Human emotions, not the special effects, propel the story forward...Thorne sometimes goes overboard with the angst-ridden father-son psychobabble."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"The result is spectacular...The plot gets complicated, of course, but what’s special about the play is the production...The visuals are enough to enthrall even the youngest in an audience. As for the story of working out the relationships, the issues and the dangers, the plot heavy on talk begins to wear some in Part 2, but sudden bursts of action liven things...Tiffany has done a great job in keeping most of the show eye-catching as well as trying to spin out the plot with clarity."
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W
April 28th, 2018
For a previous production

"The good news is that this somewhat overstuffed production is, in fact, a rip-roaring good yarn that actually seems like a continuation...Complex relationships, especially between parent and child and between friends are paramount to the two plays. Writing is sensitive and insightful. True to Rowling, rose-colored glasses are nowhere in sight...Tiffany helms intimate emotional scenes, active peril, comic magic, and crowds with equal skill. Character definition is particularly astute."
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Broadway & Me
May 19th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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The Stage (UK)
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Stage Left
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"An astonishing thrill ride packed with plentiful twists and turns in a production that marks a triumph of stagecraft and skillfully captures the spirit and sensibility of the series, itself an allegory that finds new resonance amid today’s global politics of authoritarianism...Thorne has written the play so that even those who have never read the books can easily follow...Thorne’s play excels and adds to the canon best when it delves into the psychological impact of the childhood traumas."
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Daily Beast
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The characters are true to themselves—perhaps rendered with less moral complexity than in the books, but written very well—and the plot feels like a natural extension of Potterdom...By the end of the play, you no longer mind its constraints—particularly because it’s just so much fun...The acting in the show is sublime...The creators are up against incredible challenges to recreate the effects of spells and potions...with no Hollywood CGI to help them out. And they succeed wildly."
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DC Metro Theater Arts
April 28th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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City Cabaret
May 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

“A familiarity with Rowling's seven-book world is the key to how much you will enjoy this ambitious spectacle. Newbies can expect complications following the plot but be assured that the slick, production values do the trick of electrifying entertainment...For Potterheads, it is a treat, a plot heavy on adventures, dazzling thrills and quick cuts, but it is also laden with too much repetition and trimming would certainly help.”
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Newsday
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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NJ.com
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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W
April 28th, 2018
For a previous production

“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."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"'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."
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Village Voice
April 25th, 2018
For a previous production

"Slackly structured, verbose, stylistically muddled, overwrought mishmash...Makes elaborate forays into flashbacks that seem included purely to rouse Potter-fan sentiment...The dialogue, often weighed down by the soggily earnest tone of after-school specials, seems to drag on too long in nearly every scene...A great deal of the acting is shrill...If the rest of 'The Cursed Child' were as carefully built and precisely timed as its effects, the show would cast a genuinely bewitching spell."
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Medium
May 1st, 2018
For a previous production

"Spell-binding...Takes stage magic to an entirely new level...The script is certainly not stellar...Some bizarre pacing issues...But these flaws are entirely with the script, in production there is so much magic that it is all too easy to get swept up and not even notice the problems in the writing...The extended choreographic transitions are unnecessary...But just as the magic saves any textual issues, the fantastic music gives the choreography a pass."
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StageZine
April 30th, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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Drama Queen NYC
April 29th, 2018
For a previous production

“You need somebody adept in theatrical magic to make this dazzle...and Tiffany fits the bill perfectly...He isn’t shy about going big and high-tech...As Albus, Clemmett gives a marvelously shaded performance, capturing both his pain and youthful sense of wonder. Scorpius is a much more colorful character, and Boyle goes deliciously over-the-top without ever losing this emotional thread of this lonely boy. Jennings gives his usual excellent all...Recommended.”
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Z
May 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

“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 films.”
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M
May 20th, 2018
For a previous production

"Entering the newly renovated Lyric Theater is an immersive magical experience...The play is an exhilarating escape into a fantasy tale of time travel filled with friendship, family, courage and magic. The ensemble cast was exceptional. The convincing special effects were haunting and surreal; the staging smart and effective. I was transported to a make believe world that came alive. I felt a kinship to the characters and transfixed immersed into this supernatural universe."
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The Times (UK)
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The pacing is slow but as all Rowling fans know, she won’t be hurried. Thankfully, the plot is ingenious, the characters superb and the set by Christine Jones atmospheric. The magic is well beyond abracadabra levels. The stagecraft is out of this world, literally. After a while you don’t care that brevity has never been Rowling’s strong point because you are so involved with the characters...There is something impressive about the way that Rowling insists on being true to her creation."
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T
May 4th, 2018
For a previous production

“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 enjoyable.”
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F
May 1st, 2018
For a previous production

“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.”
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TheaterScene.com
May 5th, 2018
For a previous production

“After a somewhat slow start, crammed with exposition, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’...will have you in its spell...Lots and lots of eye-filling magic...Some of the most breathtaking stagecraft ever made...That’s really the best part of the show...A transformed Lyric Theatre draws you in to the Potter world from moment one...Even a Scrooge-level cynic would be enchanted by this theater, the wonderful design, and the terrific theatrical illusions, made to enfold you completely."
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N
April 27th, 2018
For a previous production

"'Cursed Child' has broken the blood–brain barrier and created an unprecedented extravaganza out of a so-called straight play. It’s like a colossal magic show with a story wrapped around it...The play is a marvel...The character development is thin, the dialogue bland...That isn’t the point, though...'The Cursed Child' is a gargantuan entertainment extravaganza...It’s not likely to be a gateway to Shakespeare or Ibsen for your children, but it’ll surely captivate them."
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People
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"Although some critics wrote 'Cursed Child' off as just fan fiction, the play feels very different when seen on stage. Much of that is thanks to Tiffany’s brilliant, creative direction and the beautiful work from set designer Christine Jones and lighting designer Neil Austin. Together, they infuse the story with a mix of inventive and exciting stage magic that makes Cursed Child a must-see for Muggles everywhere...It’s unlike anything seen on Broadway before."
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Parade
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

“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.”
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R
May 2nd, 2018
For a previous production

“The play is like an elixir to ‘Harry Potter’ zealots...Except for the dazzling technical aspects...I was put-off by the long, complicated and exceedingly dark story that has little apparent moral value...This stage play...Is filled with fat and indulgences....Some special effects appear to exist simply to elicit awe...Technically the production is splendid...The acting is so good that it appears easy...The overwhelming earnestness of all becomes dulling.”
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Limelight Magazine (AU)
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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M
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"The story plays much, much better on stage than on the page. For one thing, the show is a massive technical achievement...There is a lot of story here, with near-constant twists and turns and a ton of characters...Part One is probably stronger than Part Two, with the former having the benefit of more 'cool' moments...Two, on the other hand, suffers a bit when it leaves wizard hijinks behind and zeroes in on the slightly repetitive and under-written emotional beats between fathers and sons."
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Rolling Stone
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"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."
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V
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"A fairly straightforward adventure, with a puzzle-solving structure similar to Rowling’s novels. The play doesn’t deliver the same emotional wallop as Rowling’s books, but I was still followed by a little melancholy murmur as I left...The stagecraft, a ceaseless spell of practical magic, both simple and intricate...Though the script is tinny in parts, and the production often feels rushed despite its luxurious length, those problems are dimmed by the giddy magnificence of its design."
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USA Today
April 23rd, 2018
For a previous production

"There’s the magic of it all, depicted in visual effects in which even the most jaded audience members, burned out from years of comic-book movies’ eye-popping CGI, will almost certainly find wonder...Thankfully, 'Cursed Child' is a loving depiction of the rest of Potter’s world, a greatest-hits tour of beloved characters, settings and wizarding wonders, largely told through the eyes of two new characters who more than deserve their place in the Rowling canon."
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Forward
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Underneath all of the whimsy, cuteness, and nostalgia, this play is dark...Filled with action, humor, and adventure. The magic of the wizarding world is conveyed by a truly amazing combination of choreography, set design, and old-fashioned magic tricks...Not everything is perfect...But there were many times when I gaped in amazement, choked up, laughed, cheered, and felt the warmth of old friends I thought I’d never see again...A spectacle, but it’s also a courageous work of art."
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S
April 22nd, 2018
For a previous production

"Tiffany’s production leans heavily on stagecraft to bring the play’s often subtext-free lines to life. When it fails, it exposes what’s under the tricks: a story that can feel awfully mundane. When it succeeds, that ingenious theatricality can make audiences believe that magic is real...Read the script for the first part, then buy tickets to Part 2, which contains all the production’s most wondrous special effects...Skipping Part 1 means you get to miss some painfully clunky exposition."
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84
Great
97 Reviews
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This new family-friendly musical comedy is based on the beloved 1993 film of the same name.

79
Good
121 Reviews
Ends Jan 16
NYC: Midtown W

Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones star in a play by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage.