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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' headed to Broadway in 2018

By Sarah Mulé
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' headed to Broadway in 2018
Emma Watson and author J.K. Rowling attend the press room at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on February 13, 2011. The stage adaptation of Rowling's "Harry Potter" story, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," is set to premiere on Broadway at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in spring 2018. File Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has taken the London theater world by storm, is planning a New York debut, opening on Broadway in the spring of 2018.

The play, written by Jack Thorne and based off an original story by Thorne, John Tiffany and Potter author J.K. Rowling, focuses mainly on Harry's son Albus and his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry -- 19 years after the epilogue of the final Harry Potter novel.

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The show officially opened on London's West End at the end of July with plans to begin the U.S. run at the Lyric Theatre in New York in 2018.

Cursed Child producers have worked out a deal with the Ambassador Theatre Group, which includes a multi-million dollar renovation to the 1,500-seat theater.

"I'm delighted we're one step closer in bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway and very excited by the proposed plans," Rowling said.

Advance ticket sales for the London run have earned more than $50 million, a London theater record.

Producer Sonia Friedman said that the deal with the Lyric will allow them to offer tickets at a range of prices, saying Rowling wants to make sure the show is "accessible to everyone."

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"And the less expensive seats are scattered throughout the theater," Friedman said. "They're not all in the balcony."

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