Sites to See
Hamilton Grange – Obsessed with Hamilton? You can visit a museum in the real house where Hamilton lived (it's mentioned in the show), now part of the National Parks system. Hamilton Grange National Memorial is in Saint Nicholas Park in Manhattan. It is located at 414 West 141st Street, between Convent Avenue and St. Nicholas Avenue.
A Contemporary West Side Story – With the opening of its northern section in 2014, the two-mile-long elevated arboretum called the High Line – built on an abandoned elevated rail line – now has an entrance on 34th Street, just a few blocks southwest of the Broadway theatre district. The most dramatic West Side Story in Manhattan right now is the way the High Line has stoked a massive development of the far West Side, replacing warehouses with luxury apartment buildings that have strained the creativity of some of the city’s top design firms.
The Village – Though increasingly gentrified away from its bohemian roots, Greenwich Village still boasts little theatres, boutiques and bistros on every corner. Take the 1 train to Christopher Street and wander the once bohemian cradle. Stroll down MacDougal Street and see some of the places mentioned in Fun Home during Alison's father's trip. Plus, for the hardcore theatre fan there is…
Marie's Crisis Café – Do you know your show tunes? You'd better, if you're planning to visit Marie's. This tavern, just on the other side of Seventh Avenue from the gay landmark Stonewall Inn, is not your usual piano bar. They love Broadway musicals here, and every night there is a sing-along of old songs, new songs and all the songs you love.
Lincoln Center – Just north of the theatre district is another iconic cultural hub. Lincoln Center on Ninth Avenue between 62nd and 65th Streets is home to the Metropolitan Opera, The New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet and the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Even if you don't have time to take in a performance, explore the beautifully landscaped plaza, complete with sycamore trees, the famous fountain and the reflecting pool.
Miracle Half-Mile – Stroll down Fifth Avenue from 60th to 50th Street, and pass landmark after landmark that served as settings for famous shows or were mentioned in famous lyrics. There's the Plaza Hotel, setting of Plaza Suite at 59th Street; the site of FAO Schwartz, the setting of the piano scene from Big at 58th Street; Henri Bendel's hat store, the source of the "Bendel bonnet" mentioned in "You're the Top"; Tiffany's of "Breakfast at Tiffany's," also at 57th; Wanamaker's and Sach's name checked in "Marry the Man Today" from Guys and Dolls, and so on and so forth. The whole neighborhood will make you hum.
Ellis Island – Do you love Ragtime, Rags and countless other shows about immigrants? Most of them came through Ellis Island, where new arrivals to America were processed for the better part of 60 years. Look up your own ancestors in the huge database and take in the city's most inspiring view of the Statue of Liberty.
Concerts To Hear
If you're going to be in town for more than just the convention, you'll want to check out these hot performance venues, where Broadway notables frequent all year round.
Birdland – If you want a hint of jazz before you go full Broadway, pop over to this theatre district staple. Or, if you haven't had enough Broadway by the time Con is done, you can catch Brian Gallagher & Friends on Jan. 25 at 7 PM as he's joined in concert by his wife, Megan Hilty, and tons of other Broadway voices. Or, stick around for the late-night open mic slash variety show, Jim Caruso's Cast Party at 9:30 PM. Frequented by Broadway's best, it won't disappoint.
Feinstein's/54 Below – Catch a concert at one of Broadway's leading cabaret clubs. Leading up to BroadwayCon, Jon Epperson — fresh off of his stage turn as The Queen Aggravain in Transport Group's Once Upon a Mattress — performs. Then, beginning Jan. 25, Broadway legend Ben Vereen headlines.
Joe's Pub – For something a little edgier, try the nightclub at the Public Theater. You can always count on major talent and on Jan. 24, catch Justin Sayre in his monthly variety act. Past guests of his include Tonya Pinkins and Joe Iconis.
Subculture – For a downtown feel, visit this chic underground music venue. On Jan. 25 you can catch Tony-winning artist Jason Robert Brown in concert with Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," The Little Mermaid).
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.
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.