I refuse to believe that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is anything more than glorified fan fiction, and I am very mad no one has bothered trying to put the Ron/Hermione slash-fic I wrote in elementary school on Broadway. But if you must see this "magical," "imaginative" British transplant, tickets go on sale October 18th.
Though Cursed Child is occasionally billed as a sort of eighth Harry Potter installation, it's actually written by screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne, not J.K. Rowling, and as some fans have noted, it's doesn't quite tonally capture the OG Hogwarts crew. Still, the original West End production in London got rave reviews and has been sold out for some time. Seven members of the original cast will continue on for the show's run at the Lyric Theatre, which was renovated specially for the production. Previews begin March 2018, with an official premiere in April.
To get first-release tickets, you'll have to sign up with Ticketmaster's new "Ticketmaster Verified Fan" program, which aims to combat bots and ticket scalpers. Registration for the program begins on Sunday at 10 a.m. and closes Thursday, October 5th at 10 p.m.; once you're registered, Ticketmaster will send you a code so you can purchase tickets when the window opens.
The play will run in two parts, which producers recommend you either attend on the same day (a matinee and an evening performance), or on two consecutive nights. You can also see the two parts in non-consecutive performances, or just stick with Part One or Part Two, though you may miss out on some of the experience that way. Tickets run either $20, $40, $80, $130, $165 and $199, depending on the tier; register here.