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Here’s a little bit about myself before we get into the meaty stuff! I currently reside in New Jersey and work in New York City. I’m in grad school at Pace University working on my Master’s in Publishing. I should (God willing) graduate at the end of next year and then be on my way to a promising career in publishing! I hope! Please hire me!
Anyway, this blog will consist of theatre and literary reviews, along with some personal thoughts and ramblings along the way. Let’s get started!
This past weekend, I had the INSANE opportunity to see both parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. What’s even more insane is that I was not supposed to. My mother and I had originally bought tickets for January, only to later discover my cousin was getting married that same weekend (congrats, Ty)! Somehow, some way, she was able to exchange them for tickets in July.
I have never been more nervous to see a production in my life. I am an enormous Harry Potter fan. I read Sorcerer’s Stone when it first came to the States in 1999 when I was 5 years old. The books and movies were integral to my childhood and adolescence, helped me make life-long friends, and made me into the person that I am today. Although, I had read the script about a year ago, I genuinely did not know how they were going to pull off some of the magic elements. And boy, was I silly for doubting.
I’ve been involved in theatre, whether it be onstage or off, for 17 years and I have no idea how half of the special effects were done. No clue. At all. Genuine magic was being performed in front of my eyes. I can’t reveal anything specifically (#KeepTheSecrets), but I can tell you that there were multiple points where I genuinely gasped.
Not only were the effects incredible, but the casting was superb. Jamie Parker was an incredible adult Harry Potter, combining the character J.K. Rowling created with Daniel Radcliffe’s interpretation to reach a truly believable Harry. Sam Clemmet did an equally brilliant job as his son, Albus, portraying the sadness and betrayal one may feel as a teenager. Anthony Boyle was a surprisingly funny Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco, and added some humor to a very dark role. Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni were excellent as Ron and Hermione, respectfully. Although I did not particularly enjoy how Ron was written in this piece (but that’s another post), Thornley kept Ron’s humanity and love for his friends and family. Dumezweni left no doubt in my mind that Hermione Granger is and always will be “the brightest witch of her age”.
All performances were seamless, but one to point out is Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, who performed two extremely different featured roles. I had no idea the roles were played by the same actress until I checked the playbill on my way home! Again, I cannot reveal which characters she played, but she did a marvelous job in both, providing both laugh-out-loud humor and touching moments.
Between the sets, sounds, and performances, these shows are NOT to be missed! I am extremely lucky to have been able to see it in its initial Broadway run. If you can’t get there yourself but still want to know the story, the script is available in hardcover, paperback, and as an eBook! To get tickets, visit HarryPotterthePlay.com to find out how.
Between you, me, and the ghostlight, it was pure magic. Until next time, blog lovers!