Cursed Child has only graced the Lyric Theatre in New York for a few short months so far (opening back in April), but has already scooped up some tremendous accolades at this weekend’s Tony Awards – including Best Play.
Starring many members of the original West End cast, the play had a fabulous night at the coveted awards ceremony that celebrates the best of Broadway.
Aside from Best Play, director John Tiffany collected the Tony for Best Direction of a Play – which can sit at home next to his Olivier he won back in 2017. Other awards for Cursed Child went to Best Scenic Design (Christine Jones), Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay), Best Lighting (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry).
Here’s how the night panned out – and you can bet there were a few magical surprises along the way…
First up, Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter) had a bit of trouble with his bow tie before he even got to the ceremony…
Can anyone help @sam_clemmett with his bow-tie? #TheTonyAwards pic.twitter.com/gDw6Fz9xC5— Cursed Child NYC (@HPPlayNYC) June 10, 2018
Our beloved Hermione Granger, played by Noma Dumezweni, was a tad excited about her first Tony nomination…
tfw you get your first Tony nomination @MissDumezweni #TonyAwards pic.twitter.com/azHdR9Zqre— broadway.com (@broadwaycom) June 10, 2018
Paul Thornley came dressed to impress. Ron should take tips...
Very strong look from #CursedChildNYC’s @paulfthornley at the #TonyAwards this evening! https://t.co/6PczbqX004— Cursed Child NYC (@HPPlayNYC) June 10, 2018
And then Josh Groban turned up as Harry Potter?! Wait, what? There’s a casting choice we must have missed...
Wait, does this mean @joshgroban has transfigured over to @HPPlayNYC? @DickLeFenwick #TonyAwards #ThisIsBroadway pic.twitter.com/kEcZQWNVZh— The Tony Awards (@TheTonyAwards) June 11, 2018
As the awards began to flood in for the hard-working team, things got a tad emotional, especially for writer Jack Thorne who, along with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, picked up the big prize of the night: Best Play.
As an esteemed TV writer, playwright, not to mention huge Harry Potter fan, the accolade marked a massive moment for his career. Here’s Jack backstage discussing the importance of the wizarding world to him as a child, as captured by Variety.
#HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild writer Jack Thorne talks about the importance of Harry Potter to him as a child (Watch) | Backstage at the #TonyAwards https://t.co/gqzCkzafG6 pic.twitter.com/XgjGj71T5M— Variety (@Variety) June 11, 2018
Oh, and J.K. Rowling seemed pretty chuffed too!
I’m overjoyed for everyone involved in this production, which was one of the happiest creative experiences of my life. This is a very happy Monday morning ⚡️💕 https://t.co/Y1dY9zst6h— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 11, 2018
So all in all, a splendid evening was had. Well done to all the nominees and winners.
Now, if you’re America-based, or fancy popping across the pond to see the now Tony-award winning production, you can! Have a look at the Cursed Child Broadway website.
For UK-based fans, the play is currently entering its third year in London. Find out more about the current cast here or for ticket details, keep an eye on the Cursed Child West End website.
There is much to see. And who knows, maybe Josh Groban will Apparate in...