If you couldn't be in the room where it happened (or even if you could, but felt overwhelmed), we tracked the best punchlines, notes and memories from the Jan. 22 Opening Ceremony of BroadwayCon. Attendees of the inaugural convention gathered at the MainStage of the New York Hilton Midtown for the grand opening ceremony. The program promised dancing, singing, laughter, cameos and a lot of tomfoolery; what fans were treated to was a full-out, hour-long musical about the founding of the very convention they were attending.
The tailor-made magic was created by MainStage director David Alpert, choreographer Marc Kimelman and music director Jason Wetzel. The show featured an original song by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and parodied with lyrics to three of the numbers by Tessa Netting.
Creators packed the performance with more show-business references than Something Rotten! Here are the moments fans will be talking about for Cons to come:
1. The Opening Number of the Opening Number
Our lead Dani (played by Danyel Fulton) kicked things off with a re-worded rendition of Hairspray's "Good Morning, Baltimore" now and forevermore known as "Good Morning BroadwayCon." (Turns out it was her daydream during astrology class where there would be a convention for Broadway lovers just like her — but it doesn't exist!) Tessa Netting provided the rewritten lyrics for the opening number.
2. Rob McClure could easily be an astronomy teacher and drama club advisor.
He played both in this mini-production. He recommends Honeymoon in Vegas as a terrific choice for a spring musical. Wink wink.
4. First Hamilton reference dropped at Con
Dani decides that she is going to create BroadwayCon and gathers her drama club buds in a planning session; cue "The Room Where It Happened," now "The Con Where It Happened."
5. There was a "Google Hangout" with the If/Then foursome.
Whilst doing their research on how to put on a "BroadwayCon," the teens find a single Google link in their search. They click on the link, and it connects them with the one-and-only Anthony Rapp. He's been sitting there in the Google Hangout all these years waiting for someone to click on his link. He happened to be joined by Idina Menzel. And James Snyder. And LaChanze. #brainexplosion
6. Avenue Q's Rod and Nicky are the new Statler and Waldorf.
Just before the closing number of the opening, Rod and Nicky played the snarky balcony audience members. How did they get there? According to Rod, "I got friendly with Michael Arden at Glass House Tavern and…here we are!"
7. It was cameo city.
As promised, there were appearances from the best of the best, including Renée Elise Goldsberry, Ben Vereen, Tommy Tune, Andy Mientus, Stark Sands and TONS of others. Not to mention the cast of the show included: Miguel Cervantes, Daniel Everidge, Danyel Fulton, Ann Harada, Carly Hughes, Autumn Hurlburt, Lesli Marghertia, Rob McClure, Eric Morris, Anthony Rapp and Steve Rosen.
8. Confetti Cannon!!!