Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Disappoints

(harrypottertheplay) We saw 3/4 of this show for the following reason. Our tickets were for the two parts of the show on two successive nights but we left after the first half on the first night. Why? they didn’t use any of the great John Williams or Patrick Doyle musical scores, the magic seemed pretty mild compared to the fancy special effects we are used to on Broadway, and the new plot was missing the fun of the original books and films. Cut to the second night: we weren’t going to go back but had second thoughts. After reading the rave reviews, we thought, maybe it will get better. Maybe we missed something. Maybe we were too quick to judge. And the tickets weren’t cheap.(nytimes)

Well, there’s good new and bad news. It wasn’t as bad as we thought, but it wasn’t great either.

If, and only if, you are a Harry Potter afficionado, you may get more of this play than we did. We know the basics; we saw and loved the first film and parts of the others, but we were not versed in the incredibly complex plot that unfolds throughout the seven books, a real drawback here. Everyone in the audience did, however, and they loved every single reference.Perhaps we didn’t get the same thrill because only the story was created by J.K. Rowling and the script by someone else. Too much about the problems between fathers and sons and not enough delight and surprise.The newly created music is credited to Imogen Heap and I don’t care how much they would have had to pay for the original film scores, it would have been worth it.

As the for the magic–I never thought I’d complain about there being too few special effects, but I there it is.(theatermania)  We were not impressed.

Two good things: the audience was full of young people and they really participated in what was going on on stage.

The seats were only $67 each but with the fees for two nights, the bill came to over $300 for two people. And it’s a very large theater so we weren’t close. That’s pretty steep and I feel it should have been better to be a good value. You can see wonderful theater magic on stage today in The Lion King, Aladdin, Moulin Rouge, and other Broadway shows with very inventive special effects, dance and music. Bottom line, if you adore Harry and know every line of the books and the movies, it may make sense to go. Otherwise–not.







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