SALT LAKE CITY — Will “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” succeed on Broadway? That’s the question on the minds of writers at The New York Times, which recently profiled Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling ahead of her play’s upcoming debut on Broadway.
The play will hit Broadway beginning April 22, as the Deseret News reported.
Rowling, who first penned the Harry Potter series in cafes as a struggling single mother, said she sees Broadway as a new challenge after her play did so well in England.
Not only did it earn rave reviews, but it won awards in nine categories in the Olivier Awards, essentially the British Tony Awards.
Rowling said she wasn’t keen on bringing the Harry Potter character to the stage until producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender suggested it be a musical.
“We talked about loss, fear, bereavement, what it’s like to try to make a family when your own is poor or nonexistent,” she said in the interview. “I was really interested in making something more reflective than had been possible in the films. I don’t think we ever deviated from those themes.”
Rowling also told The New York Times that she continues to work on the script, adding that it’s her responsibility to make sure fans don’t hate it.
“I think,” she said calmly, “that it’s up to me what I do with the world I created.”
People who want to watch the play recently had an opportunity to buy tickets, according to the Deseret News. Ticket presales began Feb. 7, available only to those who had an access code. Tickets cost $40-$199 per part, with 40 seats that cost $20 per part.