We’ve been eagerly awaiting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to arrive on Broadway for what seems like an eternity. Today, FINALLY, tickets go on sale… but there’s some bad news. Here are all the details.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a tremendous success in London theaters. Though J.K. Rowling’s theatrical production, that continues the saga of the boy wizard, won’t premiere on Broadway until April (with previews beginning in March 2018) TICKETS FINALLY WENT ON SALE TODAY! But… there’s some bad news.
Tickets are only open to people who registered via “TicketMaster Verified Fan®” earlier this month. THEN, those who registered (registration closed on October 5th) are then randomly selected to receive a unique Access Code, with that code, you then have the opportunity to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, today.
Yeah, it’s nuts. …and guess what, registering doesn’t even guarantee you a ticket! This is what they say on the official website:
Because of anticipated demand, registering does not guarantee receipt of an Access Code, and receiving an Access Code does not guarantee there will be tickets remaining when you try to purchase.
Why jump through all the hoops? Well, “TicketMaster Verified Fan®” is designed to eliminate bots and scalpers buying tickets. So, if you didn’t register, you’re not getting in… you may not even get in if you DID register. At this point, a scalper just seems a lot easier.
We’ve been waiting with baited breath since the producers of the show announced their expansion to the US on J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore site back in December:
‘The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?’ […] So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York City. Eventually, the team settled on The Lyric Theatre, which will be completely remodeled and reconfigured from a 1,900 seat theatre into a more intimate 1,500 seat auditorium to accommodate the dramatic look and feel of Cursed Child.”
We’ll keep you updated as to when the next complicated ticketing system spits out another date. For those of you who registered, ENJOY THE SHOW!