Sunday afternoon, April 22, the long awaited American debut of the Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, opened at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway. Theater Pizzazz was on hand for the red carpet arrivals.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series (which appeared first as books, then as movies) and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses.

Bold-faced names on the red carpet for the two-parter, which begin in the afternoon and resumed in the evening, included Brooke Shields, Cherry Jones, Darren Criss, David Hyde Pierce, Ellen Burstyn, Ezra Miller, Fran Drescher, Glenn Close, James Monroe Iglehart, Jessica Williams, Liev Schrieber, Sarah Hyland, Sutton Foster and Whoopi Goldberg. And, of course, the story’s creator, J.K. Rowling.

See all the red carpet arrivals below and click on the link here for cast photos from after the show.