Harry Potter Grows Up in a New Stage Play

A generation that has grown up picturing film actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter gets to stretch their imaginations with a new portrayal of the wizard on stage. British actor Jamie Parker stars as the grown-up Harry in the brand new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, set to open officially on July 30 in the UK.

Fans so far have been enthusiastic about the play, whose first part was presented in preview this week at the Palace Theater in London.

Fans of the seven book Harry Potter saga by JK Rowling will remember that the story ends with an epilogue set 19 years after the end of the main events. The play centers on that time in the life of the now grown-up Harry and features happenings involving Harry’s children at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Parker, 37 years old, trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Six years ago he took to the stage as Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and he reprised that role in Henry V in 2012. Now he tackles the role of prince of the wizarding world and it will be up to fans to see if he lives up to their high expectations.

If the standing ovation early reaction to the premiere is any indication, fans approve of the new stage version of the grown-up Harry Potter.

Three Big-Name Comedians are Kicking Off Summer Right

Residents in the Tucson, Arizona, area, will have a tough choice coming up. Not one, not two, but three big-name comedians are invading this idyllic town to infuse some great times into it.

Known for his hilarious ‘Here’s your sign’ jokes, Bill Engvall leaped into international stardom with the release of the hit Blue Collar Comedy Tour. This top-selling comedy tour features Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White performing some of the funniest Redneck comedy every created. After the original tour, there have been subsequent tours and now it’s time for Bill to go back out on his own.

The Comedy Central roasts have brought a lot of comedians into the spotlight that the masses normally wouldn’t have a chance to see. One of these shining stars is Lisa Lampanelli, who has become very well known for her dark and twisted humor. Her new show will bring that wicked energy along with insights on her recent weight loss and more.

Mike Epps is a comedian and actor that has been seen in more films than I can count, but nails each role with perfection. His stand up comedy routine has been seen by millions and helped spark his feature film career. His latest project is the upcoming sitcom ‘Uncle Buck’ in which he is the starring character.

No matter what kind of comedy you’re into, Tucson is definitely the place to be.

Theatrical Productions Set Records For Broadway Last Year

Theatrical productions on Broadway during the 2015-2016 period broke new revenue records, according to media reports. Analysts attributed the significant attendance numbers to the popularity of musical theater among tourists. Statistics released in May revealed a 1.6% rise in attendance compared with the 2014-2015 season. Revenues did not increase as significantly, but did grow slightly despite a significant drop in average ticket prices.

What types of shows did the millions of ticket purchasers watch this year? Popular musicals drew large audiences. These productions included The Lion King and Hamilton. A Tony-award winning play entitled The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night-Time actually generated the most money during the recent Broadway season, according to The New York Times. That production will close at the end of this summer. Broadway audiences also flocked to The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Wicked, and two non-musical plays with stellar casts, Misery and China Doll. Some productions based on previous successful works also fared well, including Fiddler on the Roof and The Color Purple.

The successful season included a total of 16 musicals, three performances described as “special events” and a total of 20 Broadway non-musical plays at its opening. Some stars who appeared on stage in leading Broadway theatrical productions this year included Al Pacino, Bruce Willis and Jeff Daniels.