This week marks five whole years since The Lyric Theatre welcomed the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to New York City. Here’s five amazing ways the team behind the hit-play made their milestone special, and a handy video of the week that was.
A mayoral proclamation has decreed that The Lyric Theatre’s home, 214 West 43rd Street, is now officially called “Cursed Child Way” to commemorate this special anniversary. Introduced by producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, Commissioner of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo, arrived on stage to present the cast with this special accolade. “You’ve brought magic back to Broadway,” she said. Aww!
When it comes to magic, the sky is the limit – and the Broadway cast took that sentiment quite literally last week. As part of the five-year anniversary, the Cursed Child performers could be found on the highest outdoor sky deck of the Western hemisphere, simply named “Edge” at 30 Hudson Yards, performing the iconic wand dance from the play. Well, if we were in the Cursed Child, we’d be shouting this fact from the rooftops too!
New York-based fans got the chance to run down to the Lyric Theatre and try out for $5 tickets for the show, alongside other magical prize giveaways. From Hogwarts notebooks, Funko Pop collectibles and even a chance to grab an amazing gaming bundle: Hogwarts Legacy and a PS5 - we are definitely not jealous of the winners.
On Sunday, fans of the show were treated to an extra-special guest at the Lyric Theatre: Oliver Phelps! AKA our lovely George Weasley from the Harry Potter films. It was particularly nice seeing Oliver meet the "19 years later" versions of his fictional siblings Ron and Ginny.
Happy birthday, team Cursed Child NYC!
To learn more about Cursed Child, visit the official website.