Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Alice Ripley and Original Matildas Join BroadwayCon

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Broadway siblings Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tony Award-winning Next to Normal star Alice Ripley and original Matildas Sophia Gennusa and Oona Laurence are among the latest stars announced to participate in BroadwayCon.

Set to take place Jan. 22-24, 2016, at the New York Hilton Midtown, BroadwayCon will give fans an all-access experience with performers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, designers and more. The three-day event promises panels, performances, workshops, keynotes, autograph and photo opportunities, concerts, meet-and-greets, Q&As and a lot more.

Also joining the one-of-a-kind weekend are Sawyer Nunes (Finding Neverland), Sam Poon (The King and I), Taylor Richardson (Annie) and Ripley Sobo (Matilda, "Steve Jobs").

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Playbill has partnered with BroadwayCon to present the event created by theatre lovers for theatre lovers. Melissa Anelli, Stephanie Dornhelm and original Rent star Anthony Rapp conceived the event.

For tickets, full details on participation options and special hotel rates for the convention, visit BroadwayCon.com.

Also participating in the weekend are James Monroe Iglehart, Rebecca Luker, Courtney Reed, Jonathan Groff, Billy Porter, Joshua Safran, Ann Harada, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, John Johnson, Hal Luftig, Arielle Tepper Madover, Daryl Roth, Barbara Whitman, Bernard Telsey, Skylar Astin, Susan Blackwell, Jenn Colella, Gavin Creel, Matt Doyle, Tamika Lawrence, Telly Leung, Michael McElroy, Andy Mientus, Seth Rudetsky, Jason Tam, Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg, Dan Lipton, David Rossmer, Laurence O'Keefe, Ted Chapin, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Peter Filichia, Stacy Wolf and Paloma Young. Panels and talkbacks in the works include "Creating a Cast Recording," "Why Our Favorite Shows Close," "The History of Theatre and Social Change," "Producing 101," as well as a Main Stage with programming that spans behind-the-scenes stories from classic shows, to talkbacks with stars, Broadway-themed game shows and more.

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"BroadwayCon is going to be a theatre-lover's dream come true," said Philip S. Birsh, Playbill President and CEO. "Fans will not only be able to meet their favorite stars and the backstage folks who make it all happen—but they’ll spend the weekend with like-minded people and make new friends. The great thing about theatre is that it's a communal experience. BroadwayCon builds on that in exciting new ways. Playbill is delighted to partner with Mischief Management to bring fans and members of the theatre community together for this one-of-a-kind event where they can engage on a whole new level."

BroadwayCon co-creator Rapp said the event will be "much more democratized" compared with other large-scale conventions like ComicCon and added that "part of the mission is to be charitable. We want this to be a way that theatre artists can directly interact with fans. We're all human beings, and we're all part of this community together. Beyond on-on-one interactions, we want to give up-close-and-personal experiences of the shows from panels, too."

Read more about the creation of BroadwayCon here.

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