NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - The hit play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is coming to New York's Lyric Theatre in spring 2018.
New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel recently watched advance ticket sales for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" In London exceed $50 million and wondered what kind of magic and madness might follow this show adapted from a franchise with billions of followers when it travels across the pond to Broadway in 2018. He says he thinks it will be one of the biggest things Broadway has seen since "The Lion King" and could run for decades.
The Lyric Theatre beat out all others to catch this golden snitch of shows. Many who work in the industry call the theater cursed because it has housed some of Broadway's biggest flops, including "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark," which lost around $80 million.
For this cursed theater to land the cursed child, the lyric agreed to a renovation costing tens of millions of dollars. Four hundred seats were removed and the theater entrance was moved a block north, turning the still-kind-of-empty 43rd Street into a sort of American diagon-alley for fans waiting to see the two-part, nearly five-hour show.
J.K. Rowling has insisted tickets to the London show remain affordable, with the most expensive seats selling for $176. If that remains the case in New York, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" would represent one of the cheaper shows on Broadway, likely adding to its popularity.
Riedel expects the play to be the highest-grossing play of all time.