5 Reasons Why Every Theatre Lover Should Attend Comic-Con

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Attending New York Comic-Con may seem like a stretch for the casual theatre-goer, but Playbill is here to give you great reasons why it's the perfect place to broaden your love for Broadway outside of the theatre district!
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1. Most people come in costume, aka "Cosplay."

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Whether you are 5 years old or 85, ComicCon is a welcoming environment for all those people who enjoy taking on new and exciting roles. Just like your high school production of Guys and Dolls when everyone had to make their own costume in their mothers' kitchen, Cosplayers spend days—sometimes months—crafting their art to display for one and all at ComicCon. Costumes span genres from Sci-fi (Dr. Who. Star Trek), to Video Games (Mario) to Comics (Wonder Woman) to Disney (Maleficent), and beyond! (In fact, the Eastern Championships of Cosplay always draws a huge crowd to see the wild and fantastic homemade costumes. Not to mention, everyone is hoping you take a photo of them in costume

2. You can attend panels for your favorite movies, tv shows, and comic books- or discover a new piece of Theatre you didn't even know was happening.

Josh Dumel at the announcement for "The Last Unicorn" theatrical experience.
Josh Dumel at the announcement for "The Last Unicorn" theatrical experience.

What do "Galavant", "Birdman", and the The Last Unicorn musical have in common? All three made appearances at the 2014 New York Comic-con. The convention is a great place to find out about upcoming TV, Film, and (Yes) even theater. Panels run throughout the 4 days, and often feature stars, creative, and special exclusive footage.

3. Broadway stars have appeared in dozens of comic book related movies and TV shows.

Colin Donnell and Stephen Amell at the "Arrow" panel
Colin Donnell and Stephen Amell at the "Arrow" panel

See them on a panel, grab their autograph, or maybe just stop by their booth and say hi – Comic-con is lousy with actors from the Great White Way and your favorite shows. Just to name a few: Grant Gustin ("Glee", now on "The Flash"), Jesse L Martin (Rent, now on "The Flash"), Jada Pinkett Smith (Fela, now on "Gotham"), Emily Kinney (Spring Awakening, on "The Walking Dead"), Andy Mientus (Les Miserables, now on "The Flash"), Hugh Jackman (The River, Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies), Kelsey Grammer (Finding Neverland, "X-Men 3"), Scarlett Johansson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "Avengers" movies), and most recently Laura Benanti ("Supergirl"). Pictured here is a surprise guest appearance by Colin Donnell (Violet) at the "Arrow" panel with Stephen Amell

4. You can see fantastic exhibits, set pieces, and costumes from your favorite movies and TV shows.

The Batman suit worn by Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever
The Batman suit worn by Val Kilmer in "Batman Forever

The showroom floor is filled with special exhibits from all kinds of shows. If you like props and memorabilia, this is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Hollywood's greatest creations.

5. There's fantastic other related events (theater, cabaret, karaoke)

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Running in conjunction with New York Comic-Con is the New York Super Week. A smorgasbord of theater, cabaret and karaoke, all centered on the convention. For the 2014 convention, Playbill, Clear Channel, and NYCC presented Celebrity Karaoke, With Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, and James Monroe Iglehart, (to name a few) at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. You can find more at newyorksuperweek.com

Be sure to check out New York Comic Con next year! Tickets can be purchase here.

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