BroadwayCon Promises More Guest Stars, Panels, and Special Events To This Year’s Exciting Lineup
By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, January 18, 2018
Last January, fans of Broadway and all things theater-related flocked to the Javits Center for the second annual BroadwayCon. There they encountered a convention floor of booths, autograph signings, sing-along’s, seminars and talks, all featuring seasoned Broadway veterans. And on January 26-28, it’s happening all over again.
BroadwayCon continues to take major steps forward when this industry-based event was nearly canceled in its premiere edition due to a winter blizzard, while being held in various conference room spaces in a midtown hotel. Last year’s move to the Javits Center provided a luxurious amount of space in which to spread out, as well as featuring a full trade show-style convention floor, and generous venues for presenting live performances and ancillary events. As a result, attendance records soared, as did the special guest list. Now for the upcoming edition, everything seems to be looking even bigger and better.
Beginning on January 26 at 10:00am attendees will have plenty of events from which to choose, ranging from workshops and demonstrations, to fan meetups, talks monitored by Broadway stars, and panels from various current Broadway productions.
If you want to be an honorary Romanov, there will be an “Anastasia Meetup” for all Anastasia fans. All dancers or wannabe choreographers won’t want to miss “Dancing Through Life: The Transition from Dancer to Choreographer.” And at 5:00pm the cast of In the Heights will reunite to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the show with their own panel following the BroadwayCon 2018 opening ceremony. There will also be a spotlight on the upcoming Broadway production of Frozen.
On Saturday, January 27, the curtain rises on the second day of BroadwayCon and panels continue with specialized focus, such as the “Belting Voice” workshop, “Getting the Show on the Road: The Art of Touring Broadway” which will discuss Broadway tours, and all the green-faced witches out there will get the chance to meet each other at the “Wicked Meetup: The Politics of Oz and Beyond.” Actors Anthony Rapp, Heidi Blankenstaff, Emma Hunton, Carolee Carmello, and Alex Lacamoire are just a few of the special guests who will be getting up close and personal with fans throughout the day in both autograph and photo sessions.
Closing out BroadwayCon on Sunday, January 28, is yet another dream day for every Broadway lover. The day starts off with “Sunday Morning Church with Auntie Lesli.” The hottest Broadway ticket in town, Once On This Island will have its own moment in the spotlight at “Journey to the Island: A Celebration of Ahrens and Flaherty.” And at 3:30p.m. there will be a first look at Broadway’s upcoming season at “BroadwayCon First Look” before the closing ceremony” at 5:00pm.
While these and other workshops and panels are going on, actors Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Gideon Glick, Jenn Colella, Stephanie J. Block, Sarah Charles Lewis, and Anthony Rosenthal will be gracing fans with their presence in different photo booth and autograph sessions.
These are just some of the highlights of this year’s BroadwayCon, so make your plans now to stop by and see what’s happening with all things Broadway. Tickets for this year’s BroadwayCon are currently on sale for either specific days or consider a weekend pass which will provide entry for the entire weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
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Cover: Opening Ceremony, BroadwayCon 2017; courtesy of BroadwayCon.