Harry Potter is without a doubt the most important work of popular culture of the last few decades. Each of the 7 volumes of this literary adventure has sold more than 60 million copies, and the big screen adaptations have earned almost 10 billion dollars at the box office. It's no wonder that this huge success has since been adapted several times – it has even made it to the stage on Broadway!
If you're wondering what to do in New York, seeing this show on Broadway is an excellent idea to fully enjoy the city's atmosphere! Here is all the information you need to know about the musical Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 😁
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: meet Harry almost 20 years later
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not an adaptation of one of the films in the Harry Potter series. It is in fact an adaptation of a play co-written by J.K. Rowling and published well after the 7th book of the wizard with the famous scar’s adventures! 🪄
Although this play is sometimes considered the 8th book of the Harry Potter saga, this format did not convince the fans and the play had a much lesser literary success. But that was only to be reborn on stage! 😀 As soon as it hit the stage in 2018, ticket sales hit record highs, and it has been a hit at every performance since.
The story begins 19 years after the death of You-Know-Who. Harry Potter married Ginny Weasley and together they had three children, James, Lily and Albus. Harry works at the Ministry of Magic, and the story begins as his youngest son, Albus, enters Hogwarts and the Sorting Hat sends him to Slytherin House. As elements of the past and present slowly intertwine, father and son face new dangers...
During the 2 hours and 40 minutes of the show, spectators are immersed in the wizarding world, and will be able to recognise the places and emblematic characters of the Harry Potter universe ✨ Mysteries, adventures, friendship and of course magic – all the elements which made the saga’s success are here, and the fans of this universe will really be satisfied.
The musical is a worldwide phenomenon, played not only on Broadway but also in other major theatres in London, Melbourne and other cities around the world 😄
Where to buy tickets for the Harry Potter musical?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the most popular shows on Broadway. The show sells out almost every night, and the few seats that may remain empty are obviously the ones you won't necessarily want to sit in.
It is therefore almost mandatory to book your seat well in advance to be sure to attend this musical in the best conditions. The most convenient way to do this is to buy your tickets online 👍 You can always try your luck at the theatre box office, but you will have very little chance of finding a seat for the date and location of your choice (let alone several! 😕).
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How much for a ticket to see the Harry Potter musical in Broadway?
As with most Broadway musicals, ticket prices are high. Prices vary depending on where your seat will be inside the Lyric Theatre, and will range from £114 to over £175 depending on where you’ll sit. Prices may change at certain times of the year – particularly during school holidays and the festive season, when demand is even higher than usual.
How to choose the best seat at the Lyric Theatre?
The seating plan of the Lyric Theatre is divided into 3 parts:
- The Orchestra Zone. This is an excellent area, quite wide, but not all its seats are equal. The best ones are those that are neither too close nor too far from the stage, in the widest part of the zone. The best value seats (£149) are probably those towards the back of this area – except for the last three rows (Y, Z and ZZ) where the ceiling is very low.
- Dress Circle is arguably the best area, but also the one where tickets are most expensive (£175+ for the middle seats).
- The Balcony Zone is where the most affordable seats are located (£114), but they are also the ones where visibility is not really optimal – even if it remains correct. Avoid the boxes on the sides of the hall.
If you want to get a better idea of the view from the different seats, you can go on seatplan.com to see where the different areas are located 👍
Who can see the Harry Potter musical on Broadway?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the Harry Potter saga. You don't have to be a true fan of the Magical world to enjoy the musical – but it is aimed at those who are fairly familiar with the history of Hogwarts and its many characters, and who remember the outcome of the seventh book. People who are not familiar with the Harry Potter world will find it difficult to follow the plot.
If you are not perfectly bilingual – and especially if you have trouble with the American accent – you will inevitably have a bit of a hard time following all the dialogues. Thanks to the staging though, you shouldn't have any trouble putting things together and following the story. Children under 4 years of age are not allowed to attend this musical. The minimum recommended age is around 8-10 years old 🙂
Where is the Lyric Theatre located?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is playing on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre, a venue that seats approximately 1,600 people, located at 214 West 43rd Street, near Times Square. The nearest underground station is Times Square — 42nd Street, and you can get there on the 1, 2, 3, 7 N and Q lines of the New York metro.
That's it for this article on the Harry Potter musical on Broadway! I hope you now have all the info you need to discover this show during your next trip to New York 😀 If you'd like more information on other Broadway shows, you can also check out my article on the musical Moulin Rouge! – another must-see! 😉