BroadwayCon Lines Up Sheldon Harnick and Fiddler Revival Stars

News   BroadwayCon Lines Up Sheldon Harnick and Fiddler Revival Stars Award-winning Fiddler on the Roof lyricist Sheldon Harnick, along with Jessica Hecht, Alexandra Silber, Adam Kantor and Samantha Massell, will discuss the legacy of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "tradition" as part of BroadwayCon.
Sheldon Harnick
Sheldon Harnick
Melanie Moore, Samantha Massell, Alexandra Silber and Jessica Hecht
Melanie Moore, Samantha Massell, Alexandra Silber and Jessica Hecht

BroadwayCon will host "To Us and Our Good Fortune: The Fiddler on the Roof Panel" Jan. 23 from 11-11:40 AM. Participating are Harnick, Hecht, Silber, Kantor and Massell, along with fellow Fiddler revival cast members Michael C. Bernardi and Jeffrey Schecter.

"A Conversation With Sheldon Harnick" will follow Jan. 23 from 12:30-1:30 PM. The veteran lyricist will speak about his 50-plus years in the theatre, as two of his most popular musicals – Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me – return to Broadway this season.

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.

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Running Jan. 22-24 at the New York Hilton Midtown, BroadwayCon will give theatre fans an all-access experience featuring performers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, designers, producers and a vast array of influencers who make Broadway happen.

All full-weekend passes for BroadwayCon have sold out. Fans can still take advantage of a limited amount of individual day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Austin McKenzie and cast
Austin McKenzie and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

Additional panels include:

"Something Wonderful: A Look Behind The King and I," which will include director Bartlett Sher, choreographer Christopher Gattelli, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Scott Lehrer, scenic designer Michael Yeargan and costume designer Catherine Zuber. Ted Chapin, president and executive director of Rodgers & Hammerstein, will moderate the 2-3 PM panel on Jan. 22.

Original cast members of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson musical Rent will reunite to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the landmark show on Jan. 22. Currently confirmed to appear are Tony Award nominees Adam Pascal and Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rapp (one of BroadwayCon's co-founders), Fredi Walker and Rodney Hicks, alongside choreographer Marlies Yearby and original conductor Tim Weil.

The weekend will also feature Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with co-stars Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Christopher Jackson. Fans can expect to catch them as part of the Jan. 22 opening events.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast Photo by Joan Marcus

Special events include a Fun Home panel, featuring book writer and lyricist Lisa Kron, along with director Sam Gold and cast members Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs; as well as "OBSESSED! Live Disaster! Edition," in which the show's creator and star, Seth Rudetsky, will be joined by fellow cast members Roger Bart, Faith Prince, Kerry Butler and Jennifer Simard for a special live edition of the popular Playbill video series.

Also participating in the weekend are Broadway siblings Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jeremy Jordan, Krysta Rodriguez, Lesli Margherita, Stark Sands, Alex Brightman, Ryann Redmond, Nick Adams, Paige Davis, Alice Ripley, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Sawyer Nunes, Sam Poon, Taylor Richardson, Ripley Sobo, Natalie Weiss, Rebecca Luker, Billy Porter, Joshua Safran, Ann Harada, 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, Steve Rosen, Sarah Saltzberg, Dan Lipton, David Rossmer, Laurence O'Keefe, Susan L. Schulman, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Peter Filichia, Stacy Wolf and Paloma Young.

The three-day event is packed with star-studded events and special musical moments. Fans can expect a number of high-profile cameos from Broadway favorites during the Jan. 22 MainStage opening musical that will feature an original song from the writers of First Date and the upcoming 17 Again musical. "We're going to kick off the MainStage Programming at full throttle, in a way only a Broadway convention can do—with a fully staged mini-musical!" MainStage director David Alpert said. "We have an amazingly talented cast, a live band, and surprise cameos, all to welcome everyone to the convention. We've enlisted Broadway writers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner to compose a new song for the event, and are also working with YouTube sensation Tessa Netting, who happens to write amazing parodies."

Here's a breakdown of the remaining ticket options:

The $95 Day Pass provides day-only access to BroadwayCon programming (panels, performances, keynotes, discussions). This pass also includes the official program book (printed by Playbill!), a registration swag bag and access to the BroadwayCon Marketplace.

A $50 Explorer Pass will grant admission to the BroadwayCon Marketplace, allowing curious theatre lovers to browse through a host of vendors, shop for merchandise from Broadway shows and more.

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

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