Tony Nomination Spotlight – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Ten 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Jamie Parker), Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Anthony Boyle), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Noma Dumezweni), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Costume Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Choreography.

The Further Adventures of the Boy Wizard:

From J.K. Rowling, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official stage production, where an adult Harry and his son Albus struggle with the past and present manifestations of the Potter family legacy in a time-traveling adventure to save the world from the evil Lord Voldemort.

From the Producers:

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.

From Page to Stage:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the two-part follow up to J.K. Rowling’s massively popular series of novels. The books have found immense popularity, critical acclaim, and commercial success worldwide since the release of the first novel in 1997. They have attracted a worldwide wide audience, made up of both young and adult readers, and are often considered cornerstones of modern young adult literature. The story begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The play began performances in 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre, winning a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director. The Broadway production began its run in March 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, with most of the London cast reprising their roles. Both parts of the stage play’s script were released in print and digital formats in 2016 and became the most preordered book of that year.

Cast & Creatives:

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is penned by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Thorne, director John Tiffany, and original series author J.K. Rowling. The production is directed by Tony-winner Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie, Once) with choreography by Steven Hoggett. The cast is led by members of the original U.K. production: Jamie Parker as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley, Poppy Miller as Ginny Weasley, Sam Clemmett as Albus Potter, Alex Price as Draco Malfoy, and Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy.

Reviews:

Newsday – “Extraordinary… 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 [has] magical moments taking your breath away at every turn.”

Variety – “For all its inventive stagecraft devices, the show has a plot that really works as an extension of the Potter saga…theater that shows us the true magic of great storytelling.”

New York Times – “Enthralling…this slyly manipulative production knows exactly how, and how hard, to push the tenderest spots of most people’s emotional makeups…all-consuming enchantment.”

Time Out New York – “A triumph of theatrical magic…the two-part epic combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined.”

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