Since the inception, BroadwayCon has been a safe haven and fun zone for theatergoers and Broadway hopefuls, offering insightful panel discussions, live podcast recordings, workshops, fan meet-ups, marketplace/vendor opportunities, autograph sessions, contests, exclusive first-time previews, and more.
The fifth annual Broadway convention, founded by Anthony Rapp (Rent) and Melissa Anelli (Mischief Management), was held at the New York Hilton Midtown on Friday, January 24 -Sunday, January 26. The weekend-long experience offered interactive fan opportunities like the Cosplay Fashion Show, BroadwayCon Star to Be, Trivia, and Game Night.
Guest appearances included: Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice) Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Jennifer Ashley Tepper (Be More Chill), James Snyder, (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jennifer Simard (Company), Ashley Park (Mean Girls), Kenny Leon (American Son), Alex Newell (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist).
Among the mental health, social media, choreographer, Broadway Spotlights, and audition panels, we sat in a Stellar Dramas to Broadway Musicals: Black Female Playwrights discussion moderated by Linda Armstrong (New York Amsterdam News Theatre Critic) with Lynn Nottage (MJ: The Musical/Intimate Apparel), Michelle Wilson (The House That Will Not Stand) and Katori Hall (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical). The discussion was about the creative process and journey of the Black female playwrights including their transition to Broadway musicals, TV, and more.
We also spoke with the cast of Katy Keene, CW’s upcoming Riverdale spinoff: Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp, Julia Chan, Camille Hyde, Zane Holtz, Katherine LaNasa, and writer Michael Grassi. During the TV Spotlight segment, the pilot episode aired and gave fans the chance to experience a portion of the musical series.
Check out some first-look performances of upcoming shows on Broadway: Hadestown, Six, Jagged Little Pill, Mrs. Doubtfire, Girl from the North Country, Emojiland, Between The Lines, Company, Caroline, or Change, and Sing Street.