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MrsSallyAdams
#75CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 7:23am

I look forward to seeing the play live. However I did not love the published script. I wish they had not made the decision to:

 
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Travel through time to revisit old moments and characters. We've seen most of them in the films and the two leads are interesting enough to sustain a new adventure.

On the other hand Rowling has had time to develop those old characters through 7 books. The fans know who they are as soon as they appear on stage. The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was at a disadvantage when trying to cram a novels worth of new characters into a 2 hour film. Half of them didn't get the chance to make a real impression. She might have been better off there focusing on her two leading couples rather than introducing about 7 or 8 antagonists across multiple subplots.

 


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adamgreer
#76CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 9:32am

MrsSallyAdams said: "I look forward to seeing the play live. However I did not love the published script. I wish they had not made the decision to:

 
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Travel through time to revisit old moments and characters. We've seen most of them in the films and the two leads are interesting enough to sustaina new adventure.

On the other hand Rowling has had time to develop those old characters through 7 books. The fans know who they are as soon as they appear on stage. The filmFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themwas at a disadvantage when trying to cram a novels worth of new characters into a 2 hour film. Half of them didn't get the chance to make a real impression. She might have been better off there focusing on her two leading couples rather than introducing about 7 or 8 antagonistsacross multiple subplots.

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My biggest issue with the published script is that...

 
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She didn't follow through with the VERY strongly hinted at relationship between the two young characters.

 

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haterobics
#77CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 9:58am

MrsSallyAdams said: "I look forward to seeing the play live. However I did not love the published script."

When you read the published script before seeing every other show, do you tend to love them?

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MrsSallyAdams
#78CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 10:04am

@haterobics: Yes but I read scripts constantly. I understand the format is not for everyone.


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haterobics
#79CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 11:41am

Without the magic and the staging and all, just seems like the script may read a little flat. I'd only ever read a script after seeing something, typically, and rarely at that.

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ColorTheHours048
#80CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 12:07pm

Like War Horse, so much of what makes HP and the Cursed Child wonderful is rooted specifically in the imagination and, frankly, budget of the creators of this production. Outside of any associated productions in the future, I don’t see this play being received particularly well by history. The plot mechanations are meticulously deployed for maximum emotional effect, for sure - particularly for Potter fans. But, as these reviews have largely shown, it’s “Come for the characters, stay for the magic.” It’s a spectacle the likes of which Broadway has never seen and will likely never see again.

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bwaylyric
#81CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 12:10pm

This show is a great example of why I think we need separate Tony Awards for best play (script) and best production of a play.

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RippedMan
#82CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 12:41pm

That makes sense re: the traps. I just expected a larger physical production in the way of set pieces, which it doesn't have, but makes sense why it can't. 

JennH
#84CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 4/23/18 at 2:06pm

bwaylyric said: "This show is a great example of why I think we need separate Tony Awards for best play (script)and best production of a play."

Wait....but YES. I've been wondering this in a roundabout way for a while. If the book of a musical and it's score can be nominated, why can't the scripts for plays? Screenplay is an Oscar category so...yeah I can't believe this hasn't happened.

IloveNYC2
#85CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 10/21/18 at 7:20pm

when does the obc leave?

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CT2NYC
#86CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 10/21/18 at 7:24pm

IloveNYC2 said: "when does the obc leave?"

It hasn't been confirmed, but, at this point, 3/17/19 is the most likely date.

Dani0995
#87CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 3/20/19 at 11:05pm

I’d love to hear about the new cast for anyone who is going to see them

Fosse76
#88CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 3/21/19 at 2:54pm

I think the new cast does a wonderful job, with two exceptions. Even the new ensemble members are great (is that what we call them even though this is a play and not a musical). Unfortunately, I'm not impressed with either Jenny Jules as Hermione or Bubba Weiler as Scorpius. There are some good and and not-so-good things with Jules's portrayal, so perhaps she'll find her rythm. It was the first performance, so I can be a bit forgiving while she discovers what works and what doesn't. However, Weiler is giving a not-so-impressive performance as Scorpius. He is definitely taking a different route with the character than Boyle did, but we lose a lot of the laughs as a result. I also didn't see any real chemistry between Scorpius and Albus, so it rings "forced" when they fight and then make up (and the staircase ballet falls flat). Hopefully the two actors will rectify that as their run continues and they begin to trust themselves more. When I first saw the show in London, with a replacement Scorpius, the actor was definitely modelling his Scorpius on Boyle's. Since Weiler seems to be deviating a bit, he needs a little more time to develop it.

I also wasn't a big fan of the new Draco, but that's because he just doesn't "look" like the Draco I think he should look like. He "reads" older on stage than Harry, so that threw me a little as well. 

Line deliveries were faster last night, and I attribute that to the first performance jitters I'm sure many had. The pepper imps effect fizzled out, the cast seemed hesitant in the "transition" from Kings Cross to Platform 9 3/4, and the kitchen duel seemed slower.  

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suzycat
#89CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 3/21/19 at 10:30pm

Can you post a pic of the playbill that lists who covers which ensemble part (& understudies)?

Larry6417
#90CURSED CHILD Reviews
Posted: 3/22/19 at 6:25pm

JAMES SNYDER IS GREAT!