Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in June 2016, it seemed inevitable to ask when (not if) it would make it across the pond to New York City and, specifically, the Great White Way. While there have been rumors for months about just how the show would transfer, the producers have officially confirmed to Pottermore that they’re in talks to secure a theater for a spring 2018 opening.
Sonia Freedman and Colin Callender have their eyes on the Lyric Theatre, which is currently host to Paramour, Cirque du Soleil’s first show developed specifically for Broadway. Paramour will have its last performance in April to allow the Ambassador Theatre Group to renovate the theater—scaling down the 1,900-seat theater into a more intimate 1,500-seat house to make it a better match for Cursed Child. Friedman and Callendar, in a joint statement with J.K. Rowling, told Deadline:
We are thrilled about ATG’s ambitious plans, which will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a unique theatre space tailored to the specific needs of the production over the play’s two parts. The remodeled Lyric will include a smaller auditorium redesigned to the specifications of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child team, as well as an adapted proscenium and stage that can house designer Christine Jones’ glorious set without swamping or compromising director John Tiffany’s brilliant staging. The spacious front of house environment will also be transformed to optimize the atmosphere and audience experience.
Jones, a New York native, explained to Pottermore how they won’t be doing an exact replica of the production in London’s Palace Theatre:
The hope is that this theatre will have its own soul and its own identity, very much a New York theatre from the period and not just a recreation of what was made in London.
Friedman added that Rowling, Tiffany, and co-writer Jack Thorne are all for the move:
They are very, very happy. John is going to be crucial and very, very involved with Christine and the rest of the design team on the look, feel, aesthetic and overall feel of the theatre. Jack can’t wait to see it, and Jo is fully, fully supportive of the whole venture. Our three Js are as great as ever.
No word yet on if the entire original cast will transfer to New York City and a new one take their place in London, assuming the two shows will even be performed simultaneously. Currently, you can buy tickets through February 2018.