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Countdown to BROADWAYCON

Countdown to BROADWAYCON


BroadwayCon 2017 opens on January 27 and runs to the 29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Expect three days packed with events curated with Broadway’s biggest fans, performers, and creators in mind. From Producing 101 to Bollywood and Broadway, there is something for every theatre lover at BroadwayCon.

Over 200 hours of original programming, BroadwayCon will host 10 fan-led meetups for everyone from Sondheim lovers to Stage Managers, 19 workshops led by top industry professionals, a live taping of BroadwayCon: The Podcast, and the inaugural BroadwayCon Star To Be talent competition. BroadwayCon will also offer the unique chance to catch a First Look at some of the most talked-about new shows on Broadway: Amèlie, Anastasia, Significant Other and more.

Hamilton talk back

Special Guests include the legendary Chita Rivera (West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman), Josh Groban ( Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Chess in Concert), Joel Grey (Cabaret, Wicked, Cabaret), Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How to Succeed…, “Glee”), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, The Last Five Years, “Smash”), and BroadwayCon 2016 favorite Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kinky Boots). A full list of special guests can be found at

Schedule highlights include:


Sondheim Meetup

10:00 – 10:50 am

Send in the fans! You’ll find your friends in this Company.

Fight Choreography

12:00 – 12:50 pm

How do Romeo and Juliet die 8 times a week but still walk around unscathed? Hear from the fight choreographers who stage fights that are convincing, realistic, and yet…pretend.

Producing 101

1:00 – 1:50 pm

Join this year’s lineup of Broadway producers as they discuss their day-to-day responsibilities, their passion projects, and their tough business decisions.

BroadwayCon: The Podcast LIVE! Broadway’s Best Media Stars

1:30 – 2:20 pm

Lots of people who can’t act, sing, or dance (and even those who do!) find their Broadway outlet online. Join Patrick Hinds and some of Broadway’s best media stars to discuss finding their place in the Broadway community.

I Can Hear The Bells: Sound Design on Broadway

2:00 – 2:50 pm

“Oh, the sounds of the earth are like music.” And thanks to the great sound designers of Broadway, we can hear them! You, too, can hear them at this panel, where they’ll discuss their backgrounds, processes, and secrets of the trade.

BroadwayCon Cabaret

8:00 – 8:50 pm

Come to the BroadwayCon Cabaret to hear our special Broadway guests sing songs that represent what they geek out over. This isn’t your typical cabaret! Featuring Alysha Umphress, Ryann Redmond, Fredi Walker-Browne, Anthony Rapp, Nick Adams, Lesli Margherita, and Samantha Massell. Hosted by Ben Cameron.


Theatre Teachers Meetup

10:00 – 10:50 am

Share your ideas and stories with theatre teachers from around the country and around the world. Discuss what you’re doing in your classrooms and at BroadwayCon and how best to take everything you’re doing this weekend back to your students.


Dorothy Fields: Blazing a Trail for Today’s Women Writers

11:00 – 11:50 am

In this “year of women” in theatre, it’s interesting to discuss Dorothy Fields—for five years she kept pace with Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin as one of the only female lyricists writing for commercial theater, paving the way for Betty Cmoden and Carolyn Leigh. This lecture discusses her career writing A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun, Sweet Charity, and her hits like “The Way You Look Tonight.”


Chita Rivera Q&A

2:00 – 2:50 pm

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear from a living Broadway legend! Chita Rivera will discuss her decades-spanning career from West Side Story to Chicago to The Visit.


That is The State of The Art: Projection Design

2:00 – 2:50 pm

How do you transform a blank wall into a lively, kinetic canvas? Color and light. Broadway’s leading lighting designers are here to talk about how they make magic!

Scenic Design: Setting the Stage

5:00 – 5:50 pm

Set the stage with these remarkable Broadway designers; what goes into constructing a set model that will soon be 10x its size on the Broadway stage? You won’t want to miss learning what goes into building the world of your favorite shows!


BroadwayCon Jukebox

9:00 – 9:50 pm

In our first late-night, anything-goes session, you make the set list. Put a quarter in the jukebox (or download the BroadwayCon app) and choose the song these Broadway stars are going to sing. No showtunes this time! Tonight we’ll see some of our favorite stars show off a side of themselves we rarely get to see. All voting will take place through the BroadwayCon app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.



The World Inside a Frame: Broadway Photographers

11:00 – 11:50 am

A picture is worth a thousand words. Among them: “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina”, “A Little Priest”, and “If I Were A Rich Man”. Did anything come to mind? These evocative images are the work of Broadway photographers. Join in for a panel discussion as these artists describe their processes, favorite shots, and more!


Stage a Scene

11:00 – 11:50 am

You’ve studied your script and gotten a good night’s sleep, but what can you really expect on your first day of rehearsal? Join director David Alpert and actor Lesli Margherita to watch them approach a scene for the first time.


Love is Company (Management)

12:00 – 12:50 pm

From contracts to creative planning, Company Managers are another driving force of creating a successful working environment for a show’s performers and crew.


Julia Murney Career Seminar

1:00 – 1:50 pm

From Lennon to Wicked Julia Murney has seen ups and downs and everything in between. Here’s your chance to ask her anything you want to know about the business and building a career as a performer.

Professional Fans

4:00 – 4:50 pm

Do you ever look at some of your favorite big-name Broadway fans and wonder how they got to make a career out of loving theatre? We’ll ask them their secrets, their tips and tricks, and the most rewarding parts of getting to represent the Broadway community.

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.

The BroadwayCon 2017 app is available for download by searching “BroadwayCon 2017” in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


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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