If you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan but haven’t been able to make it all the way to London’s Palace Theater to see The Cursed Child, then 2018 might be the year your dreams come true. The show’s producers have confirmed to Pottermore that they are in late-stage negotiations to take up residency at Broadway’s Lyric Theater. The Lyric is currently housing Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Broadway-specific production, Paramour, but Deadline reports that the show will conclude its run in April to make way for massive theater renovations. “We’re not closing because business is bad,” Cirque du Soleil Theatricals CEO Scott Zeiger told Deadline. “They have a timeline for the work they want to do, and made the request. We had a friendly negotiation, and they made us an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
According to Cursed Child producer Sonia Freedman, those renovations will be specifically conducive to the Potter stage setup. “When the redesigned Lyric was presented to us as an idea and what the possibilities could be,” Freedman told Pottermore, “we re-thought the whole thing and totally fell in love with the notion of a theatre being created especially for the Cursed Child.” The Lyric is one of the largest houses on Broadway, and the remodel will reportedly include reducing the number of seats from 1,900 to 1,500 “to accommodate the dramatic look and feel of Cursed Child,” according to the Pottermore announcement. So get those Paramour tickets while you still can, and prepare to hand over your dollars for a custom-made, all-consuming Harry Potter theater experience, because J.K. Rowling doesn’t do second best.