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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.

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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:


Stephen Schwartz To Be Inducted into The Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame



Legendary Award Winning Broadway and Movie Music Composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) will be inducted into the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) on Saturday, March 23rd, 2024 at 7pm.

There will also be concert emceed by Musician Paul Shaffer (from the David Letterman Show) who worked with Schwartz early in his career.

Schwartz has won 4 Grammys and 3 Oscars among other awards in his career that spans over 50 years both on Broadway and on the silver screen. Additionally, Schwartz has contributed music and lyrics to several movies such as “Pocahontas” (1995), “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996), “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), and “Enchanted” (2007).He was also involved with the upcoming feature film adaptation of Wicked to be released in the fall.

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Ani DiFranco and Lola Tung Join Hadestown



The Tony and Grammy Award®-winning Best Musical Hadestown is currently stars Grammy Award winner Ani DiFranco as Persephone singing “Our Lady Of The Underground”.

 Lola Tung (“The Summer I Turned Pretty”) as Eurydice, Jordan Fisher (Dear Evan Hansen, Grease: Live,) as Orpheus here singing “All I’ve Ever Known”.

Grammy Award nominee Phillip Boykin as Hades, and Tony Award winner Lillias White as Hermes.

They are joined by Belén Moyano, Kay Trinidad, and Brit West as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Chibueze Ihuoma, Alex Puette, and Grace Yoo. The cast includes swings Sojourner Brown, Brandon Cameron, Tara Jackson, Max Kumangai, Alex Lugo, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

Hadestown originated as Anaïs Mitchell’s indie theater project that toured Vermont which she then turned into an acclaimed album. With Rachel Chavkin, her artistic collaborator, Hadestown has been transformed into a genre-defying new musical that blends modern American folk music with New Orleans-inspired jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

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Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Goes Live With Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane



Photo of Bonnie Comley, Stewart F. Lane and Suzanna Bowling

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that is filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday and then it moves onto the podcast networks.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Broadway royalty and longtime married couple Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane. We talk about the Palace Theatre, Broadway HD and so much more.

We were also so excited because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms.

I am so grateful to my guests Bonnie and Stewart for joining me. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Edison Hotel for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there on February 21st for our guests the creator of Times Square and Hampton Fashion Week Dee Rivera, Celebrity hairstylist Samantha Smoker and Fashion Designer Shani Grosz.

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Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley



I am so pleased to announce our guests for Valentine’s Day are Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, the founders of, an online streaming service on a mission to promote and preserve live theatre, extending the reach of Broadway and Broadway-caliber shows to anyone, anywhere. BroadwayHD currently has a catalog of over 300 full-length stage plays and musicals available for streaming on demand, so when you can’t get to Broadway, go to BroadwayHD on your tv, phone, or tablet!

Mr. Lane and Ms. Comley have collectively produced over 40 films and 45 Broadway shows, garnering nine Tony Awards and another 14 Tony nominations. They have also won Olivier Awards, Drama Desk, Drama
League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for their stage productions. Lane has co-owned Broadway’s famous Palace Theater for almost 40 years.

The theater community has honored the couple for their philanthropic work, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons, and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award. The stage at Boston University’s new theater center is named in their honor, as is the Music Theater Program. The Musical Theater Society Room bears their name at Emerson College, and the 500-seat theater at the University
of Massachusetts Lowell is known as the Comley Lane Theater. Lane is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University, and Comley is Distinguished Alumni of both Emerson College and UMass Lowell.

Mr. Lane is a theater historian and playwright and has written the critically acclaimed “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way” (Square One Publishers), “Jews on Broadway” (McFarland Publishers), “Let’s Put on a Show” (Working Arts Library), and the plays “In The Wings (published in spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), “If It Was Easy” (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and the musical “Back Home Again” (with music
and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work.

“Live From The Edison Hotel Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is a new show that will be filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here.

Originally our guest was Maury Yeston, but he had to reschedule. He will be our guest at a later date, however Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, our guests for Valentine’s Day could not be more perfect. They are the epitome or Love and Broadway.

See you at The Edison Hotel.

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Chita Will Be Honored As Lights Dim



Broadway will dim its marquee lights to honor the two-time Tony-winning star of the original West Side Story Chita Rivera. This iconic star died January 30 at the age of 91.

The dimming of Broadway marquees will occur for the traditional one minute on Saturday, February 17 at 7:45 p.m./ET.

“Chita Rivera was Broadway royalty, and we will miss her with all our hearts,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “For nearly seven decades she enthralled generations of audiences with her spellbinding performances and iconic roles. The triple threat actor, singer, and dancer leaves behind an incredible legacy of work for which she was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Rivera’s Broadway career began in 1950 with Guys and Dolls. Her signature role came in 1957 when she played the original “Anita” in West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Visit and The Rink. She was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning for The Rink in 1984 and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993. She received the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018.

We give you the talented Ken Fallin’s drawing of Chita in The Visit.

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