“Cursed Child” Broadway Celebrates Understudies and House Pride
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway took a moment to shine a light on its understudies, with a total of six taking to the stage for a performance on Sunday, February 20.
In particular, the Broadway production was celebrating the performances of Kevin Rico Angulo, Rachel Leslie, and Sarita Amani Nash, who became the first BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) actors to play the roles of Harry, Ginny, and Delphi.
Sharing his debut as Harry on Instagram, Angulo stated that he will “remember yesterday for the rest of [his] life,” while Amani Nash shared her joy at playing Delphi and had an important message for her followers about representation.
I dreamed up this day for a long time and I have never been prouder of myself. Of us. BIPOC performers in lead roles are not just place holders with occasional chances to shine. We are incredible artists who bring unique talent and perspective to the stories and work we all love so much. I’ll say it til I’m blue in the face—although last night I literally was 💙😜—REPRESENTATION MATTERS!! Happy Black History Month!
Fans of Harry Potter have been including created BIPOC characters in their headcanons. A glance through Instagram, DeviantArt, or Tumblr will display fan art that incorporates headcanons that are often based on the ways that the fans themselves identify. Popular headcanons that portray BIPOC interpretations of characters include Harry as a biracial Indian character and Hermione as a woman of color, which has since become somewhat canon in Cursed Child.
This recent performance of Cursed Child is not only a cause for celebration of the talent of understudies in theater, but it’s also a moment for representation in the Wizarding World franchise, or as Nash puts it, “brb, adding an addendum to ‘Hogwarts: A History.’”
Continuing with celebrations of a different nature, House Pride nights are returning to Broadway. These special performances are dedicated to each Hogwarts House, and ticket holders are encouraged to come in their House colors or cosplay.
The first 100 audience members to arrive on their House Pride night will be granted early admission to take advantage of the theater’s AR experiences and gift shop. They will also receive a special gift and have the opportunity to take part in a costume contest.
And if you’re not one of the first 100 audience members to arrive, you won’t be left out of the fun and freebies. All audience members will receive a House-themed souvenir pin.
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House Pride nights will take place on the following Wednesday evenings:
- March 23 – Ravenclaw
- March 30 – Hufflepuff
- April 6 – Slytherin
- April 13 – Gryffindor
Tickets for the House Pride performances can be purchased on the special House Pride page of the Cursed Child website. There are a limited number of orchestra and dress circle seats at $79.