Despite the play’s initial success, the U.S. run ofCursed Childhas failed to measure up to its British counterpart, and according toThe New York Times, the show is struggling with a definite sophomore slump. Since kicking off in 2018,The Cursed Childhas seen its box office returns steadily decline, to the point where ticket prices have now dropped 47 percent from the same time last year. That’s definitely problematic for the play’s producers, who invested more than yet at the same time, it’s not necessarily bad news for Potter fans who want to see the two-part play but can’t afford what has traditionally been a substantial ticket price.
At present,Cursed Childalso has productions running in San Francisco as well as Melbourne, Australia – neither of which seem to be experiencing similar woes as the New York City production. Yet it is worth pointing out that althoughCursed Child’sbox office numbers continue to decline, it’s not the only Broadway production experiencing subpar ticket sales right now. Overall theatre grosses are down 7 percent from what they were at this time last year, with sales for other large scale, typically popular productions likeFrozenandMean Girlsdown as well. TheCursed Childproducers aren’t worried by the drop in ticket sales due to the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, which are sure to bring in more tourists.
Arguably one of the biggest roadblocks for the play has been the fact that it’s split into two parts, with audiences having to return again to the theatre at a later date to see the second half. This combined with what has, in the past at least, been rather costly ticket prices, has kept some potential customers away. Whether the decline in ticket sales continues remains to be seen, but for now at least, this is the perfect opportunity for Potter fans to take their chance at seeingHarry Potter and the Cursed Childon Broadway. It may not be the installment that fans have long hoped for, but it definitely does have its own special place in the beloved franchise.