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Countdown To BroadwayCon: Madam Secretary

Countdown To BroadwayCon: Madam Secretary


BroadwayCon is thrilled to announce that it will host a Madam Secretary Panel on Saturday, January 28 at BroadwayCon 2017 featuring cast members from the hit CBS drama. Moderated by BroadwayCon Co-Creator Anthony Rapp, panelists include Tim Daly,  Bebe Neuwirth, Patina Miller, Sebastian Arcelus, Erich Bergen, Keith Carradine, and Željko Ivanek.

Many television actors started out performing eight shows a week. Join the stars from the CBS hit show “Madam Secretary” as they discuss what it’s like to go from a Broadway stage to a soundstage, from two-show days to fraturdays, and from Broadway to Hollywood.

BroadwayCon is theatre’s answer to comic-con, tailor made for fans. From January 27–29, 2017, join some of Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators from classic and current shows as we gather at the incomparable Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to perform, discuss, debate, and celebrate theatre. BroadwayCon 2017 will feature panels, performances, interviews, workshops, singalongs, and more, all packed into an epic three-day weekend. Past panels have included previews from upcoming Broadway shows, conversations with the casts and creatives of this season’s hits, and discussions featuring the industry’s top producers and designers, not to mention the giant Opening Ceremony, the nighttime concerts, and the dance parties. BroadwayCon is produced by Mischief Management and Playbill. The BroadwayCon Artistic Director of Headline Programming is David Alpert.

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Sebastian Arcelus (Jay Whitman) is well-known actor in film, television and theater. He gained attention for his role as crusading journalist, Lucas Goodwin, in the critically-acclaimed series “House Of Cards.” His additional television credits include guest starring roles in “Person of Interest,” on the Network, and “The Leftovers.” On the big screen, he will be seen in the feature film “Split,” due in theaters January 2017. His additional feature film credits include “Ted 2,” “The Best of Me” and the independent feature “The Last Day of August,” for which he also served as producer. On Broadway, Arcelus starred in “A Time to Kill.” His additional Broadway credits include “Elf,” “Jersey Boys,” “Wicked,” “Rent” and “Good Vibrations.” Off-Broadway, he starred in “Happiness” at the Lincoln Center Theater, “The Blue Flower” at Second Stage and “Where’s Charley?” at Encores at City Center. Also, Arcelus has appeared in numerous regional and international productions, including the world premiere of William Finn’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” When not on set, Arcelus spends his time trying to keep up with his young daughter while also lending his voice to numerous television commercials and animated programs, including “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!” He and his wife support several charitable causes, including Covenant House, Reaching U (an organization promoting education and social services for Uruguayan children living in poverty), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and autism awareness and research. Arcelus was born on Nov. 5 in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @SebArcelus.

Erich Bergen (Blake Moran) played the role of hit songwriter Bob Gaudio in Clint Eastwood’s feature film “Jersey Boys,” reprising his award-winning performance from the national tour and Las Vegas companies of the stage musical. His other notable stage credits include “The Temperamentals” and the Tony Award-winning revival of “Anything Goes.” On the big screen, Bergen will be seen next in the feature film “Humor Me,” due later in 2016, which was written and directed by MADAM SECRETARY producer Sam Hoffman. On television, he has appeared in guest roles on “Person of Interest,” on the Network, “Children’s Hospital,” “Franklin & Bash,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Gossip Girl.” As a singer and songwriter, he has released two albums and frequently performs in concerts internationally. Bergen is a native New Yorker. His birthday is Dec. 31. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @erichbergen.

Keith Carradine (President Conrad Dalton) has starred in more than 70 feature films, five Broadway shows and a variety of television series throughout his entertainment career. His first feature film role was of a young gunslinger in “A Gunfight” with Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash. Following his performance, he earned his breakout role of the Cowboy in “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” His additional feature film credits include “Emperor of the North,”  “Cowboys and Aliens,”  “Thieves Like Us,” “Nashville,” “Welcome to L.A.,” “Choose Me,” “Trouble in Mind,” “Falcons,” “Our Very Own,” “The Duellists,” “Pretty Baby,” “The Longriders,” “Southern Comfort,” “A Thousand Acres,” “Two Days in the Valley,” “The Moderns,” “A Quiet Passion” and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.” On television, Carradine appeared in season one of the series “Fargo.” His additional television credits include THE BIG BANG THEORY, on the Network, “Dexter,” “Deadwood” and “Monte Walsh.” He began his career on stage, starring in the original Broadway production of “Hair.”  His additional Broadway credits include “Foxfire,” for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award, “The Will Rogers Follies,” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actor in a Musical, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Hands On A Hardbody,” for which he received his second Tony Award Nomination.   Carradine’s additional stage roles include “Stuff Happens,” at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum, “A Lie of the Mind” and “Paint Your Wagon.” Carradine began to develop his musical skills early on, playing guitar and piano in a band made up of high school friends. He has released two albums of his music and his song, “I’m Easy,” from the film “Nashville,” won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Song and was a Billboard Top 10 single. Carradine was born in San Mateo, Calif. to the late actor John Carradine and actress Sonia Sorel. He has three children: actress Martha Plimpton, actor/writer/musician Cade Carradine and actress Sorel Carradine. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Hayley DuMond. His birthday is Aug. 8.

Tim Daly (Henry McCord) has built a career as one of Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, with credits encompassing film, television and theater. After making his film debut in Barry Levinson’s “Diner,” Daly appeared in many additional feature films, including “Against the Ropes,” “The Object of My Affection” and “Made in Heaven.” Most recently, he starred and co-produced “Lowdown,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. On the small screen, Daly starred in “The Fugitive,” on the Network, for which he earned a SAG Award nomination, and he guest starred on HAWAII FIVE-0 and “Judging Amy,” also on the Network. His additional television series credits include starring roles in “Private Practice,” “Wings,” “The Nine” and “Eyes,” and guest starring roles in “The Mindy Project” and “The Sopranos,” for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination. He has appeared in several television miniseries and movies, including “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Storm of the Century” and “The Outsider.” Additionally, Daly produced and starred in the television movie “Edge of America,” which earned the Humanitas Prize, a Peabody Award, a Writers Guild Award and a Directors Guild Award. Daly’s theater credits include “Red,” “The Scene,” “The Exonerated,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial,” “Henry Flamethrowa,” “Coastal Disturbances,” “Oliver, Oliver,” “Buried Child” and most recently, The Manhattan Theater Club production of “The Ruins of Civilization” for the Manhattan Theater Club. Behind the camera, Daly produced the documentary film “Poliwood,” directed by Barry Levinson. “Poliwood” presents an in-depth look at the 2008 Presidential election, blending footage from the Republican and Democratic conventions, as well as interviews with celebrities and key political figures. Daly’s association and work with “Poliwood” stems from his long involvement with The Creative Coalition, for which he serves as president. The Coalition is a non-profit, non-partisan, social and political advocacy organization in which members of the entertainment community promote issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education. Additionally, Daly serves as a board member of InsideOut Writers, which provides programs and services for currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults, using writing as a catalyst. Between projects, Daly and his son, Sam Daly, along with Ben Shelton, produce an original comedy web series, “The Daly Show.” The series, written and directed by Shelton and starring the Dalys, is a comedic take on their real-life father-and-son relationship. Daly studied theater and literature at Bennington College. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Vermont. His birthday is March 1.  Follow him on Twitter @TimmyDaly.

Željko Ivanek (Russell Jackson) is well known to audiences for his many film, stage and television roles, including his Emmy Award-winning performance in the legal thriller “Damages” and his series regular roles in “The Event” and “The Mob Doctor.” On television, he had recurring roles in the series “Banshee,” “Revolution,” “True Blood,” “Big Love,” “Heroes,” “24,” “Oz” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He has guest-starred in “The Mentalist,” “Cold Case” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” on the Network, “Lost,” “ER,” “Law & Order,” “Frasier,” “The West Wing,” “N.Y.P.D. Blue,” “The Practice” and “The X-Files,” among many others. Additionally, he appeared in many television movies and mini-series, including “The Reagans,” “Sally Hemings: An American Scandal,” on the Network, “John Adams,” “Dash and Lilly,” “The Rat Pack,” “Truman,” “Our Sons,” “The Sun Also Rises,” “Echoes in the Darkness” and “All My Sons.” On Broadway, Ivanek received Tony Award nominations for his roles in “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” “Two Shakespearean Actors” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs.” His additional Broadway credits include “The Pillowman,” “The Glass Menagerie” and “Loot.” Off-Broadway, he appeared in “A Map of the World,” “Cloud 9,” “The Cherry Orchard” and “Hamlet.” Additionally, he appeared in “bash,” at the Almeida in London, and “Master Harold… and the boys,” at the Yale Repertory, in which he originated the role of Hally. On the big screen, Ivanek starred in “Seven Psychopaths,” “Argo,” “The Bourne Legacy,” “In Bruges,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “The Hoax,” “Manderlay,” “Dogville,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Unfaithful,” “Hannibal,” “Dancer in the Dark,” “A Civil Action,” “Donnie Brasco,”  “Courage Under Fire,” “White Squall,” “School Ties” and “Mass Appeal,” among many others. Ivanek was born in the former Yugoslavia, in Ljubljana, the capital of what is now Slovenia, and now resides in New York City. He is a graduate of Yale University and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His birthday is Aug. 15.

Patina Miller (Daisy Grant) is a New York actress who made her Broadway debut in the 2011 hit “Sister Act.” She played the nightclub-singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier, for which she received her first Tony nomination, as well as Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. She earned accolades for her performance in “Pippin,” for which she received the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and earned Drama League, Astaire and Audience Choice Award nominations. The show won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical at the “67th Annual Tony Awards.” In addition to her work on Broadway, she has starred in multiple off-Broadway productions, including “Ragtime,” “Lost in the Stars,” “Romantic Poetry,” “Hair,” “First You Dream” and “Being Alive.” Miller made her feature film debut in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and reprised her role as Commander Paylor in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.” On television, she will star as Charlotte Jenkins on the sophomore season of the Civil War-era drama, “Mercy Street,” to be released in 2017. Her additional television credits include a series regular role on the daytime drama “All My Children.” Miller performed her first solo concert at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts during its 2013-14 theatrical season. She then made her New York City debut in February 2014 as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s “American Songbook” series, which subsequently aired on PBS. Miller was born and raised in Pageland, S.C. and received a degree in musical theater from Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, she resides in New York City. Her birthday is Nov. 6. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @patinamiller.

Bebe Neurwith (Nadine Tolliver) is a versatile actress who has earned numerous awards for her work in television and theater. On television, Neuwirth won two Emmy Awards for her role as Lilith on “Cheers,” for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, and was nominated for her work in “Frasier” and the television movie “Dash and Lilly.” Her additional television credits include a starring role in “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” and guest-starring roles in BLUE BLOODS and THE GOOD WIFE, on the Network, “Wild Palms” and “Bored to Death.”She won two Tony Awards for her performances in “Sweet Charity” and “Chicago,” for which she also won a Drama Desk Award, Astaire, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Distinguished Performance of the Year. Her additional Broadway credits include “Damn Yankees,” “A Chorus Line,” “Little Me,” “Dancin’,” “Addams Family” and “Fosse.” Off-Broadway, she appeared in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Here Lies Jenny” and “Writer’s Block.”  Her feature film credits include “Green Card,” “Summer of Sam,” “Celebrity,” “Liberty Heights,” “Bugsy,” “Jumanji,” “The Faculty,” “Adopt a Sailor,” “The Associate” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” among many others. Neuwirth lent her voice to feature films and television shows, including “All Dogs Go to Heaven 2,” “An Extremely Goofy Movie,” the “Aladdin” animated series and various PBS children’s shows. Neuwirth is from Princeton, N.J. and currently resides in New York. Her birthday is Dec. 31.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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