When word came out back in 2016 that a new “Harry Potter” story was going to be revealed in the form of a stage play, Potter fans who were also theater aficionados were piqued with curiosity. After all, JK Rowling herself wrote the story with the help of playwrights Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” tells the tale of a now-adult Harry and his strained relationship with his second son Albus Severus, who befriends Scorpius the son of his father’s former rival and decides to use magic to change events in the past. Despite a mixed reception from the general Potter fandom, the play had a respectable West End run and also won accolades at the latest Laurence Olivier Awards.

Now “Cursed Child” is ready to cross the Atlantic to make a splash on Broadway.

‘Harry Potter and the great white way’

Indeed, “Cursed Child,” a play in two parts will finally make its Broadway debut in the Lyric Theatre next year on April 22, 2018. According to the production company, the long wait before the award-winning play opens is due to a necessary redesign of the theater stage to accommodate a setting of wizards, witches, and magic. Specifics on the remodeling involve removing one-fifth of its total seats in order to enhance the atmosphere for a non-musical stage play.

Owing to the separated structure of “Cursed Child,” audiences may choose between watching the parts over two consecutive days or both parts in one marathon day. John Tiffany is confirmed to be staying on but there is as of yet no word on whether the British cast will reprise their roles as Harry Potter and his family and friends.

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Tickets are set to go on sale this fall, but observers think “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is going to be up against some stiff competition for spring 2018, in the form of the also long-awaited musical adaptation of Disney’s animated film “Frozen.”

The wider Potter-verse

All in all, it seems the juggernaut "Harry Potter" franchise of theater and films beyond the books continue to chug along without any signs of stopping. While JK Rowling has been having some rough times with her fandom lately, she’s still highly invested in building the magical word she created some two decades ago.

Work continues apace on the sequel to 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the latest news being the casting of Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, one namesake of Albus Severus Potter in the “Cursed Child” play. Its upcoming Broadway premiere ought to be a blast, as its nine Olivier Awards back in the UK can attest to.