Structured primarily as a scenic sequel to JK Rowling’s highly popular seven “Harry Potter” novels, the play was the most expensive ever seen on Broadway, costing $ 35.5 million to edit, and another estimated at $ 33 million. dollars to remake the Lyric Theater on Broadway. Before the pandemic, the play was steadily making around $ 1 million a week on Broadway – an enviable number for most plays, but not enough for this one, with its great company and the expensive technical elements that underpin its magic. scenic.
The play’s lead producers, Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, said in a joint statement that “given the challenges of putting together and directing a two-part show in the United States on the scale of ‘Harry Potter and the cursed child ”, and publicizing the challenges faced by the theater and tourism industries emerging from global shutdowns, we are delighted to be able to move forward with a new version of the play that allows audiences to enjoy the full adventure. of Cursed Child in a single session eight times a week.
The play was written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, based on a story credited to Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany. Thorne and Tiffany said they worked on a new version of the series during the pandemic, which they said “gave us a unique opportunity to look at the room with new eyes.”
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” began its stage life in London, opening in the summer of 2016 and winning nine Olivier Awards – the most plays – in 2017. It arrived on Broadway in 2018, winning six Tony Awards, and was selling very strongly, around $ 2 million per week, for almost a year. But sales declined over time as the average ticket price fell, apparently due to a long-term commitment and the need to buy two tickets to see both sides of the story.
The show began to expand globally – adding productions in San Francisco and Australia, and planning its first non-English language production for Hamburg – which complicated the restructuring. But the producers have apparently decided to go for a one-part structure in the United States, while maintaining the two-part structure elsewhere in the world, as they attempt to find the formula for long-lasting global success. term.