Is Hollywood taking over Broadway?

The company of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child performing at New York's Lyric Theatre.
The company of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child performing at New York's Lyric Theatre.PHOTO: MATTHEW MURPHY
Tony nominees for Best Musical this year comprised only screen adaptations, all of which were Hollywood hits, except The Band's Visit (left), adapted from a 2007 foreign film of the same name.
Tony nominees for Best Musical this year comprised only screen adaptations, all of which were Hollywood hits, except The Band's Visit (above), adapted from a 2007 foreign film of the same name.PHOTO: MATTHEW MURPHY

Theatre veterans raise concerns as screen adaptations dominate the New York stage

NEW YORK • Is Hollywood taking over Broadway? Since it opened last month, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child has cast a potent spell at the box office. The spectacle-heavy play, which originated on London's West End in 2016, garnered US$2 million (S$2.7 million) in ticket sales two weeks ago, more than any other show besides Hamilton and The Lion King, Broadway's reigning rulers.

But to some theatre veterans, the success of Potter is cause for concern. Shows based on known properties are mounting an offensive on the New York stage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Is Hollywood taking over Broadway?'. Print Edition | Subscribe