Jamie Parker Eligible for a Tony!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘s Jamie Parker has been determined eligible for a Tony nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. Playbill announced the results of the Tony Awards Administration Committee meeting earlier today, in the midst of Cursed Child craze from the show’s red carpet premiere this past weekend.
With all the premiere excitement, the cast of Cursed Child talked about the play’s move from London’s West End to Broadway. Premiering in America is a much “louder” and “bouncy” experience, according to more than one Cursed Child star. SyFy caught up with the cast on the red carpet:
In a recent interview following the premiere, Jamie Parker also discussed what it was like telling Harry’s story 19 years later. Playing an iconic role comes with a lot of pressure – especially an iconic role that comes with a fan base as intense as the Potterheads. There was no one more perfect to wish Parker good luck than Harry Potter himself… err, Daniel Radcliffe, that is. Jamie Parker talked about receiving a note from his movie counterpart when he joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show:
In a separate interview with Playbill, Parker discussed how he took Harry’s character from screen to stage. Delving deep into fatherhood, the raw pain of survivor’s guilt, and the archetypal friendships, Jamie Parker summarized how he captured Harry’s complex and dimensional character:
To me, the wonder of Harry isn’t that he goes to any of the dark places he goes in the story of Cursed Child, but having been raised by the Dursleys and gone through the trauma of his adolescence that his behavior is as good as it is…
Even though Harry exhibits heroic (though flawed) behavior, Parker also said that he has lost his voice during shows while portraying Harry with PTSD, screaming in pain as his scar begins to hurt once again. He reminds fans and theatergoers alike of the emotional journey that accompanied the magic of Harry Potter.
Despite how you may feel about the script or the production, it is certainly an exciting time for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.