Hamilton may be the biggest Broadway sensation in recent memory, but even it can’t stand up to the magic of Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold 250,000 tickets in a single day, besting Hamilton at its height.
There is a downside to being the hottest show in town, though. The secondary market value of tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is triple the retail price, going for about $6,400. The producers of the two-part play see this as a real problem.
“The secondary-ticket market is an industry-wide plague,” Sonia Friedman tells Forbes, “and one which we as producers take very seriously.”
Friedman's policy is that anyone caught with tickets from brokers or online sellers will be turned away at the door. In other words, Potter fans should purchase secondhand tickets to the show at their own risk, and may be better off just reading the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One And Two Special Rehearsal Edition Script book instead if they can't stand the wait.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne - based on a story by creator and author J.K. Rowling, Throne, and John Tiffany – that serves as the official eighth story in the Harry Potter saga.
In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”