Creatives Behind Allegiance, Original Sweeney Todd, Joe Iconis and Theatre Critics Are Latest to Join BroadwayCon | Playbill

News Creatives Behind Allegiance, Original Sweeney Todd, Joe Iconis and Theatre Critics Are Latest to Join BroadwayCon BroadwayCon is continuing to attract major players from the New York theatre scene, who will participate panels and talkbacks about the inner workings of Broadway and what goes into the creation of a new show.

The latest slate of talents includes Allegiance director Stafford Arima, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Ken Billington (whose numerous Broadway credits include the original Sweeney Todd and On the Twentieth Century, as well as Tony-winning Broadway and Off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport, Hamilton cast member Ariana DeBose, the songwriting team of Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, and songwriter Joe Iconis.

Newly announced panels follow:

Stafford Arima - "What I Really Want to Do Is Direct"
Ken Billington - "Color and Light: Broadway Lighting Design"
Ken Davenport - "Producing 101"
Ariana DeBose - "A Dancer Dances"
Joe Iconis, Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk - "Words and Music: Songwriters on Songwriting"

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Also planned is a Critics Panel that will include Elysa Gardner of USA Today, Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News and the New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli. NY1's Roma Torre will moderate.

Set to take place Jan. 22-24, 2016, at the New York Hilton Midtown, BroadwayCon will give fans an all-access experience with performers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, writers, designers and more. What You Need to Know About BroadwayCon – The Event That Has All of Broadway Buzzing

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 and Jonathan Groff. Fans can expect to catch them as part of the Jan. 22 opening events.


Also participating in the weekend are Broadway siblings Andrew and Celia Keenan-Bolger, 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

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