There may never have been much doubt that The Boy Who Lived could succeed in every form of media imaginable, but tonight the Tony Awards proved that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could still conjure the magic of J.K. Rowling’s books and movies for fans and critics alike.
The two-part play, based on Rowling’s short story, is a two-decade-later sequel that centers on the son of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, Albus. It also set a record for the sheer number of Olivier Awards it won last year in London after its run in the West End. Coming to America, it broke Broadway box office records before setting its sights on awards season.
The play was nominated for 10 awards - including Best Leading Actor in a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play - of which, it won a whopping six, including two of the heavy hitters: Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. The latter award went to John Tiffany while the other winners were Gareth Fry’s sound design, Neil Austin’s lighting design, Katrina Lindsay’s costume design, and Christine Jones’ scenic design.
Of all the other more genre-oriented theatrical offerings nominated during the awards show, only SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical (it’s a talking sea sponge that wears pants - it’s fantasy!) won a victory, for its scenic design. Nothing - not even Disney juggernaut Frozen - could accio any of Harry Potter’s clout from the franchise’s still unblemished legacy.