The anticipated three-day event will give fans an all-access experience with performers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, designers and more. BroadwayCon takes place Jan. 22-24, 2016, at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Theatre fans will have the chance to connect with one another in a series of meet-ups geared toward the shows and writers they love. From Stephen Sondheim to Andrew Lloyd Webber, "Smash" to Newsies, Rent and Hamilton, attendees are sure to make new theatre buddies who share their interests.
A host of industry panels are also on the slate including, "Making Your Own Work" (featuring Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Kait Kerrigan, Brian Lowdermilk, Alice Ripley and Kate Wetherhead); "Producing 101" (featuring Ken Davenport, John Johnson, Alia Jones-Harvey, Hal Luftig, Daryl Roth and Barbara Whitman); and "Hear My Song: Creating a Cast Recording" (featuring Van Dean, Scott Farthing and Rob Sher).
Want to write your own show?
Check out: "Look, They Made a Hat and They're Wearing It, Too," featuring writer-stars Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Lonny Price. "It's one of theatre's biggest juggling acts: doing double duty as a show's writer and its star. How do you balance trying to keep up with lines that need fine-tuning while remembering what to say next? These panelists will tell you all about what it's like to do this intricate dance."
Want to be Broadway's next power player?
Check out: "Opening Doors: PAs Who Made It Big," featuring Ted Chapin, Ken Davenport, Ann Harada, Hal Luftig and Lonny Price. "What's it like to walk through a Broadway stage door for the first time? To stand on the sidelines as a show becomes a hit (or doesn't)? To get Hal Prince coffee? Join five Broadway power players who got their start as production assistants as they discuss their first Broadway credits."
Want to be a Broadway social media influencer?
Check out: "Insiders, Outsiders, and Masked Avengers: Your Role in the Broadway Community," featuring Andrew Briedis, Laura Heywood, Patrick Hinds, Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Erin Quill. "With constant Instagrams of backstage life, new podcast episodes every week, and the collective live tweeting of major Broadway moments, social media allows actors and fans alike to participate in the Broadway community. But how do you use these tools to strengthen your networks and form new bonds? What is it like to become a thing? Hear from actors, podcasters, and (formerly) anonymous Twitter personalities about making their mark on the Broadway community from the inside, the outside, and the in between."
Other special events include "Breaking Down the Riffs" with Natalie Weiss; a panel with Deaf West Theatre (behind this season's acclaimed revival of Spring Awakening); "Broadway Siblings" (with Karmine Alers, Yassmin Alers, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Maggie Keenan-Bolger); and "Broadway's Smallest Stars" (featuring Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Sawyer Nunes, Sam Poon, Taylor Richardson and Ripley Sobo).
Stay tuned, because there's even more in store for theatre lovers. We'll be rolling out additional special events and surprise panels over the next month!
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.
Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars as the "ten dollar founding father," will be joined at BroadwayCon by co-stars Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff and Jackson. Fans can expect to catch them as part of the Jan. 22 opening events.
Also revealed for the weekend is "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, Alice Ripley, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Sawyer Nunes, Sam Poon, Taylor Richardson, Ripley Sobo, James Monroe Iglehart, Rebecca Luker, Courtney Reed, 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.
For tickets, full details on participation options and special hotel rates for the convention, visit BroadwayCon.com.