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New York’s Lyric Theatre Marquee Takes Flight Ahead of the Broadway Premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

With a design by the production’s Set Designer Christine Jones and International Scenic Supervisor Brett J. Banakis, the building now features a 150 foot, 50,000 pound wing spanning from the theatre’s marquee up the side of the building. The iconic nest with child adorns the top of Lyric Theatre, overlooking 43rd Street.

“It is a thrill to have the Lyric as a canvas, both inside and out, for our production,” said Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis. “One of the many gifts the Lyric Theatre provided us is over 200 feet of frontage on 43rd street, which includes the beautiful historic facade of the original 1903 building. The producers tasked us with taking advantage of this expanse of space with a visual gesture that relates to the show and connects the old facade with the rest of the newer (1996) facade. We drew inspiration from the wing artwork from the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child poster art, and tried to translate that imagery into a large, metal installation on the side of the building, to serve as a beacon, a gathering spot, and a piece of public sculpture, here in the heart of Times Square.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins preview performances on March 16, 2018 and the official opening is April 22, 2018 at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre. 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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