Harry Potter fans on this side of the Atlantic will have to wait another year before the two-part play that envisions their hero as an adult arrives. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which won a record nine Olivier Awards on Sunday, is finally coming to Broadway next spring. This two-parter by Jack Thorne is based on an original story that he crafted with author JK Rowling and director John Tiffany which envisions Harry, Hermione and Ron as 30somethings about to send their own offspring to Hogwarts.
At the Oliviers, Tiffany took Best Director over, among others, himself for his helming of the revival of the Tennessee Williams‘ play “The Glass Menagerie,” which was on Broadway in 2013. Talking to the press afterwards, he confirmed that a deal is in place to bring this mammoth production to the rialto. “It’s all sorted. We’ve got the Lyric Theatre, and I think we’re almost there with the actors. We open next year, spring.”
At the Oliviers, “Harry Potter” also claimed three of the four acting prizes: for leading man Jamie Parker, who plays the grown-up Harry, as well as supporting players Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). And it swept the four design awards for costume, lighting, set and sound. The only two races it lost were for music and choreography to “School of Rock” and its three bands and Matthew Bourne for “The Red Shoes” at Sadler’s Wells respectively.
“Harry Potter” had already matched the benchmark of 11 nominations set by the musical “Hairspray” back in 2008. This haul of nine awards eclipsed the seven claimed by both the musical “Matilda” and the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.