dmwnc1959 said: "Danielle0314 said: “It is played during the show yes. It's all instrumental and it's beautiful"Sounds wonderful! Thank you!I stumbled acrossit on Napster and was going to download it and start listening, but I wanted to make sure first....85 days and counting. Sooooo looking forward to this one. I’m watching the final three movies this weekend and will start listening to the music beginning Monday while at work."Personally, I wouldn't listen to the music beforehand. Part of what makes it so special is how well it's integrated into the show. I recommend that you just enjoy it for the first time in the theatre, and, after that, it'll be a reminder of the magical experience.
CT2NYC said: "Personally, I wouldn't listen to the music beforehand. Part of what makes it so special is how well it's integrated into the show. Irecommend that you just enjoy it for the first time in the theatre, and, after that, it'll be a reminder of the magical experience." Well, crap. There goes that idea. lol Guess I’ll have to find another show to listen to for the next 90 days. I’ve already been listening to DEH, HELLO, DOLLY!, FIDDLER, and HADESTOWN. Maybe MOULIN ROUGE will have come out with an OBCR by then. Doubtful since it only begins Previews on June 28th.
dmwnc1959 said: "CT2NYC said: "Personally, I wouldn't listen to the music beforehand. Part of what makes it so special is how well it's integrated into the show. Irecommend that you just enjoy it for the first time in the theatre, and, after that, it'll be a reminder of the magical experience."Well, crap. There goes that idea. lolGuess I’ll have to find another show to listen to for the next 90 days. I’ve already been listening to DEH, HELLO, DOLLY!, FIDDLER, and HADESTOWN.Maybe MOULIN ROUGE will have come out with an OBCR by then. Doubtful since it only begins Previews on June 28th."Late to respond, but was going to say the same thing. Part of the magic of it is the music, and saving it for seeing it the first time will make it that much more special. And you can get the soundtrack there in the shop too
It’s been a VERY long couple of days. Had a superb time in NYC despite the sweltering heat. I’m on the Megabus now heading back to Pittsburgh having today attended Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Lyric Theatre.Keeping in mind that I’m not an over-the-top HP fan, haven’t read any of the books (I started Deathly Hallows but didn’t make it past p100), and only just finished the last three movies a couple of months ago, by time we hit intermission in P1, there were serious doubts in my head that I’d be returning for P2. Bit I did. Go back for P2.I’ll add more later because it’s very difficult to type while on a moving bus bouncing down the interstate.
I showed up at the Lyric Theatre over and hour before Part One started and the line was incredibly long, with the queue of people even wrapping back on itself. The near 100 degree temps didn’t make it any more bearable even when standing in the shade. But once they started letting folks in through security and the front doors it went very quickly. I had my small backpack with me and they didn’t blink an eye other than to have me open all the pouches so they could look inside. The metal detector was set off by my belt buckle and they used a wand to further screen me.There’s lots of exterior and interior theatre details to take pictures of (the two level atrium lobby is quite beautiful), or you can visit several souvenir stands and bars or checkout a walk-in refreshment store. There’s an app you can download on your smartphone to order food and drinks online while in the theatre. You can even have your souvenir picture taken holding the banners of the different Hogwarts houses. Come to find out a lot of people like Slytherin. I had taken an online quiz and I turned out to be better suited for Hufflepuff. Most people that know the HP series, and know me, agreed with that.The lobbies on three floors fill to capacity quickly and it was almost elbow to elbow before the house opened and people started heading to their seats. And up I went.The stairs are quite easy to manage. My seat for this was Balcony Row A Seat 113, which is about five seats off from dead center and front row. It’s just far back enough to where you really can’t make out anything but the biggest facial expressions, but can still see all of the special effects and can hear and see just about everything happening on stage. The railing and small platform in front of Balcony Row A provided only the smallest amount of obstruction in scenes that occurred at the very, very front edge of the stage (i.e. and most specifically in the water, or when someone walked off into the audience) where I could lean just a little forward and see fine (except that latter example, and I don’t know where he went).Now, there’s a synopsis in the Showbill of the seven years of Hogwarts where the stories of Harry Potter take place, as well as a section with a slew of definitions and character descriptions. There was an insert, like the kind you get when there’s stand-ins, that says as a Spoiler Alert to NOT read it if you didn’t wish to know all of the characters featured in the play, to wait and read it after the end of Part Two.As for the storyline of the play, and me not being a huge follower of the series, it sort of really lost me in the first half of Part One. Wish I had read the insert and Showbill anyways. As a side note, since the play is in two parts, you eventually get two different covered Showbills that form a matched set. It’s very cool. And at the end of Part 1 they give you a little lapel-type button that you can wear.However, during intermission of Part One I was beginning to wonder if this was going to be worth my 5+ hours long investment (almost 7-1/2hrs when you count standing in line), and I begin to think I might just skip Part Two and do some final sightseeing. But having seen the movies, the final three movies of the series as recent as this past May, I finally decided to let it all play out. A lady sitting next to me said to also wait until the end of Part One’s big reveal to see if I felt differently. She said that she had seen the play several times.The house opened for Part Two at 6:30pm to re-screen every one again coming into the theatre.As for the special effects, and there’s a LOT of them - from very small, to stage-filling effects, to one that filled the entire theatre - many of them are very, VERY impressive, and all are thoroughly enjoyable. There’s one in particular that literally had me quite scared stiff, and two that I still can’t figure how it was done, like nothing I had ever seen in a show. It was breathtaking. And the music is phenomenal. I’m glad that I didn’t listen to it beforehand as had been recommended.The acting of all the cast leads was quite well done. There’s no singing - it’s a play, which I kept forgetting - and I kept wanting some kind musical song and dance intervention.There’s a LOT more choreography than I was expecting, and it too was enjoyable.It turns out that this entire show is phenomenal in every way. And I’m VERY glad that I stayed and got to see it all.
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