'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': West End Cast to Reprise Roles on Broadway

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Cast - Publicity - H 2017
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Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni will again play Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in its U.S. debut.

The Broadway run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will feature seven familiar faces from the original West End cast.

Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) will reprise their roles on Broadway.

"We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway,” said director John Tiffany in a statement. "Our Cursed Child family is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues...."

The casting of the West End production initially made headlines in 2015 for Dumezweni's role of Hermione, who was played onscreen by Emma Watson. While some criticized the decision to cast a black actress in the role, J.K. Rowling tweeted at the time, "Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione." She later described those naysayers as a "bunch of racists.... I decided not to get too agitated about it and simply state quite firmly that Hermione can be a black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm."

The two-part play is directed by Tony-winner Tiffany and written by Jack Thorne, based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany. It has been playing to sold-out crowds in London's West End since it opened to ecstatic reviews in July last year at the Palace Theatre. The production recently won a record nine Olivier Awards (the British equivalent of the Tonys), including best new play, lead actor, supporting actor and actress, and director.

The eighth story in Rowling's massively popular wizardry saga, the plays pick up on the adult Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, husband to Ginny and father of three school-age children. As his youngest son, Albus, struggles with the family legacy, Harry wrestles with his own past and new threats of darkness.

Preview performances will begin in March ahead of its April 22 opening at the retrofitted Lyric Theatre. As one play presented in two parts, the pair of shows are intended to be seen in order on matinee days or over consecutive evenings. The production's tickets will go on sale Oct. 12 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan, making it the first Broadway show to use this program, which protects ticket buyers from bots and ticket scalpers.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.