Cast and Creative of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD React To Their Tony Award Nominations
BroadwayWorld has been checking in with Tony Award nominees all morning! We caught up with the nominated cast and creative of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway to get their first reactions at being up for Tony Awards this season.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has 10 nominations including Best Play, Best Leading Actor in a Play - Jamie Parker, Best Featured Actor in a Play - Anthony Boyle, Best Featured Actress in a Play - Noma Dumezweni, Best Scenic Design of a Play - Christine Jones, Best Costume Design of a Play - Katrina Lindsay, Best Lighting Design of a Play - Neil Austin, Best Sound Design of a Play - Gareth Fry, Best Direction of a Play - John Tiffany, and Best Choreography - Steven Hoggett.
See reactions below, and stay tuned for more! See reactions from all the shows here!
Jamie Parker, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
This is like some excruciating teenaged day dream that you'd be mortified if anyone found out about it even 25 years later. I'm literally the only person here I've never heard of. Tonys, what the hell? Thanks, by the way. That was very lovely of you. Let me say also to the Tony nominators thanks for acknowledging every possible corner of the production they could. The whole team is world class and every last one of them deserves a late night special of their own. Thanks for recognizing them as a whole group, I wouldn't want to be on this ride with anyone else.
Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two,Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
I am so very thrilled! First and foremost, it's such a beautiful day. What a difference that makes! I woke up late because of course I do shows in the evening and the first thing I heard this morning was from my friend who told me the news. Then I realized it was May 1! Of course! What really comes to mind today is a South African word: ubuntu. It means 'I am because we are.' Being able to be a part of this wonderful company has been such a bonus. The fact that Steven [Hoggett], Christine [Jones], Neil [Austin], and Gareth [Fry]... everyone got recognized! This creative team is so remarkable and at the very top of their game. My mentor, Tony, is 81 years old and he came here for opening night. It was so special to me. I always go to him for his opinion and for advice. He happens to be returning to London today, so I got a big old hug and soon I'm taking him to the airport. It feels fitting!
Anthony Boyle, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two:
I was so nervous! I was biting my nails and refreshing the Facebook page over and over. I'm blown away, truly honored to be in such amazing company.
Gareth Fry, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Sound Design of a Play
It is very exciting, it's only my second show on Broadway so it's very nice. My wife left a message to let me know. We're in the middle of tech for the new cast of Harry Potter in London, so we all got the news at the same time. It's just lovely. It's the first time the sound design category has been reinstated which is amazing. New York is such a hub of sound design excellence, we're very thankful to the Broadway League that they've reinstated them and to be back in competition. There might be a bottle of fizz open and definitely some plane tickets. I had such an amazing time last year when I received my special Tony Award for The Encounter, and I'm so excited to go back. It's been truly wonderful to be welcomed into the community, it feels like home.
Christine Jones, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Scenic Design of a Play
I woke up this morning to my phone buzzing with lovely notes of congrats, and am now celebrating with lattes with beloved friends. I'm mainly overjoyed for all my co-conspirators on Harry Potter and to get to share this extra bit of magic with my kids.
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Play
My wife and I were trying to get the live stream on but we couldn't! And, then once we finally did we realized that the category had already passed. I don't know how we missed it! This really means everything to me. Being given this chance to do this play... I never thought I'd get this chance and I don't think I'll get a chance like this ever again. Doing justice to this and Jo [Rowling]'s world was such a massive responsibility. My nephew is coming over today and my son is here, so we'll likely play some stupid games with them, then we'll go out for a nice dinner to celebrate!
Steven Hoggett, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Choreography
I'm chuffed to bits about the nomination today. The idea of choreography is changing enormously and the Tony committee acknowledging Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in this way is a huge recognition of choreographers all over the world who are bringing their artistry to shows that might not always be a musical. It's a thrilling time for choreographers and I'm very proud to be a part of this.
I am so majorly thrilled for myself and for my company. I'm so honored that our show's been recognized in this way. I was trying to watch it on the live feed and then I started getting a ton of text messages so then I knew. To be honest I was in my pajamas in bed with my husband and my dog when I heard.
John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Direction of a Play
I'm over the moon that so many of the brilliant artists who I have had the great fortune of collaborating with on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been recognised by the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing.
Sonia Friedman & Colin Callender, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two, Best Play
We are thrilled that the play, our incredible creative team and actors have been recognised in the Tony nominations - this production has been such a wonderfully collaborative experience from the very beginning, and these nominations are a reflection of the extraordinary and inspired artistry of everybody involved in the making of this production, both on and off stage.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began preview performances on March 16, 2018 and the officially opened on April 22, 2018 at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre (214 West 43rd Street, NYC).
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany. The production is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings, or each part can be seen separately.
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