Harry Potter and the Cursed Child among reasons for Broadway records broken

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Broadway records have been broken this year. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one of the reasons given.

We all knew Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was going to be a success on Broadway. People around the world had already gone to London’s West End to see the production. They were going to head to New York, too. One of the best things about the New York version is that there are $40 tickets on offer, making it an affordable experience for all.

What we may not have expected was that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be among shows to break Broadway records. It sits with Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants as shows that have fans visiting the theater in droves. Many of those fans are first-timers at the theater too!

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Over the last 12 months, box office attendance and receipts on Broadway rose to $1.7bn, according to The Broadway League. May’s receipts alone were up 17.1%. This is a month after the official release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, hinting that the show is one of the main reasons people are going to the theater. Of course, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls is certainly going to be another reason.

Attendance at the theater grew to 13m over the course of the last 53-week season.

It really isn’t that surprising. If Fantastic Beasts told us anything, the Harry Potter fandom is still very much alive and active. We didn’t even need the prequel movies to know that. Fans go to various events around the world, whether official conventions or restaurants and towns putting on fun fan events. This is a fandom that will likely never go away, cementing itself as something similar to Star Wars, Star Trek, and Marvel & DC fandoms.

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