It’s only days away! If you’re new to large conventions we’ve put together a fun guide to help get you excited and prepared for the ultimate Broadway weekend.
1. Form a Mutual Admiration Society
With 15 categories of meeetups you can find that perfect blendship to lahdle-ahdle-ahdle the weekend away. Years from now you’ll still be old friends. From comparing tattoos to sharing your favorite Sondheim lyric, there’s a meet-up for everyone.
2. Put on Your Sunday Clothes
The main thing for this weekend is to be comfortable. Wear good shoes, as you’re likely to be running around all day long. Also, conference rooms can be notoriously chilly, so steal “a sweater from the costume shop,” just in case!
3. Be Willing to Wait for It
Don’t forget to pack your patience (y fe). Even if you won the autograph/photo booth lottery, you still may be at the end of the line. Or, you might be waiting to get into a meeting room. Or, you may be waiting for the privilege to pee. This is where that new friend comes in handy. A line buddy will be the company you need.
4. Take a Break
The schedule is jam-packed from sunrise to sunset. We know you won’t want to miss a single second of the show, but you’re on your own to plan for suppertime. Maybe take a couple of minutes to soak it all in and just breathe.
5. Does Anybody Want to Buy a Memory?
Give yourself time to glide through the marketplace. Some vendors will have exclusive BroadwayCon merchandise that you’ll want to add to your weekend memory bank. Check the schedule for hours.
6. Be Cool, Considerate Men and Women
You’re encouraged to take photos and tweet all the things, but be courteous to your fellow attendees and Broadway stars when you see them on the floor. Ask before you snap!
7. Avoid a Little Death
The Bronx is up but your battery’s down! You can’t tweet out that pic with Chris Jackson if your phone is dead. Pack a portable phone charger. Not only will that keep you up and running, but it will save you from having to wallflower by the outlet.
8. Are You Lookin’ for Something?
When you get to the convention center, take out your guide and make a plan. Refer to Javits Center maps and know where you’re going in advance so you don’t waste valuable time wandering the halls looking for the room where it’s happening.
9. Don’t Do Sadness!
Even with a plan, life sometimes goes off-book. If the panel you wanted to attend is full, journey on to something else. There are multiple great offerings in all the time slots, so you can still have a great experience, even if it wasn’t the one you scripted. (You saw that improv workshop on the schedule, right?)
For tickets, full details on participation options and special hotel rates for the convention, visit BroadwayCon.com.
BroadwayCon has also announced a 25 percent student discount offer for individuals with a valid student ID. The discount applies to general weekend passes and single-day passes for the three-day event that runs January 27-29 at the Javits Center in New York.
Use code BCSTUDENT to access the discounted rate. Students will need to provide a student ID when checking in to the event.
BroadwayCon takes you through the stage door to be part of the excitement that happens onstage and behind the scenes. It is a place where Broadway fans come together to celebrate the shows they love with people who bring them to life.
Co-presented by Playbill, Mischief Management, and Anthony Rapp, BroadwayCon 2017 will include stars and artists from A Bronx Tale, Bandstand, Frozen, Hamilton, Significant Other, War Paint, In Transit, The Great Comet, Waitress, School of Rock, Newsies, Dear Evan Hansen, Once On This Island, Hedwig, Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera, A New Brain, Wicked, Allegiance, Grease, Cinderella, If/Then, Something Rotten!, Rent, and many more.
Some of the talent announced to participate includes Josh Groban and the cast of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Todrick Hall and the cast of Kinky Boots, Anastasia stars Christy Altomare and Derek Klena, Chazz Palminteri and the cast of A Bronx Tale, the cast and creators of In Transit, Chita Rivera, Laura Osnes, Corey Cott, Kelli O’Hara, Joel Grey, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Danny Burstein, Christopher Jackson, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lena Hall, Christine Ebersole, Santino Fontana, Norm Lewis, LaChanze, Daisy Eagan, Laura Bell Bundy, Susan Egan, Alice Ripley, Ben Vereen, Chita Rivera, Donna Murphy, Keala Settle, Nick Adams, Joe DiPietro, Carolee Carmello, Okieriete Onaodowan, Reed Birney, Julia Murney, William Ivey Long, Tina Landau, Ben Cameron, Ryann Redmond, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Melissa Errico, David Henry Hwang, Tim Federle, Eric Anderson, Des McAnuff, Seth Rudetsky, Lisa Howard, Lorin Latarro, Lesli Margherita, Jenn Colella, Christopher Gattelli, Marc Kudisch, Geneva Carr, Beowulf Boritt, Kathleen Marshall, Max von Essen, Jeremy Jordan, Tony Yazbeck, Ann Harada, Javier Muñoz, Fredi Walker-Browne, Rebecca Luker, and more! Talent availability is subject to change. David Alpert is the director of headline programming for BroadwayCon.