Harry Potter and the Cursed Child made its American debut on Broadway yesterday and SYFY WIRE was one of the lucky few outlets that got to cover the event, attended by the likes of Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber, Fran Drescher, and J.K. Rowling. Based on a story by Rowling and co-written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the play catches up with the main characters of the Harry Potter novels more than 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows, when they've married and had children.
Jamie Parker plays Harry, Paul Thornley plays Ron, Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione, Poppy Miller plays Ginny, Alex Price plays Draco, Sam Clemmett plays Albus Severus (Harry and Ginny's son), and Anthony Boyle plays Scorpius (Draco's son). During the show's second red carpet last night, we caught up with the cast as soon as they stepped off the stage on opening night, and they spoke on the topic of bringing the eighth Potter story to U.S. audiences. One of the biggest takeaways: We're a lot louder.
"Americans are just so much more up for it," said Boyle, whose character befriends Albus and helps him try to prevent the death of Cedric Diggory in Goblet of Fire by using an advanced time turner. "They're just really enthusiastic, and it feels incredible. It just feels amazing to open it over here and be a part of this community."
Thornley echoed Boyle's sentiments, saying, "It's a lot louder here, and I like it. Much more effusive over here, and the fans are amazing."
Clemmett also agreed that American audiences exhude a higher noise content, which helps him as an actor. "They're wonderful," he said. "They're as engaged with the story as they were in London. They're brilliant, really brilliant. It informs the play every single night, and it changes it ... we build a relationship with the audience over the course of the day, and it's lovely to see where that goes."
During our chat with Parker, he said that while every performance draws a global audience, there's no denying that you're in the Big Apple while performing on Broadway. "There's a default New York energy that is just its own thing, it's completely unique."
Dumezweni added that American theatergoers are "quite vocal in their love and opinions. It's a joyous thing."