If you thought things couldn't get more historic than the events of opening day, you were wrong. From Sara Bareilles to the Something Rotten! panel — and Christian Borle's arms — the day was full of once-in-a-lifetime events we'll be talking about for a loooong time.
AUDITION Q&A WITH BERNIE TELSEY
The casting mogul offered his best advice to aspiring performers, including:
Your Audition Reel:
It should be two to three minutes that shows a really good credit. Something meaty. I'd rather see one really good scene than "All the Faces of Jim."
I look for information: what roles you played, where and who was the director. Also, it should be easy to read.
You can't just sing one kind of song. You must have one old song and one new pop and modern song. Pick something where you connect to the lyrics. It's storytelling. [Also] If you're coming in for a show like Wicked, don't come in with a song from Wicked unless we ask you to.
READ ON FOR THE FULL BREAKDOWN OF TIPS FROM TELSEY
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU EGGS, MAKE AN OMELETTE: SOMETHING ROTTEN!
Something Rotten! fans are Eggheads...and moderator Caroline Rhea is one of them.
"I'm obsessed with Something Rotten!" she said before she even introduced panelists Brian d'Arcy James, Christian Borle and John Cariani. "To me, we're doing the Renaissance Dating Game." When the trio sat down she asked what superfans of the show were called. "The tried Rotteneers, but that never really took off," said James. "Eggheads!" someone from the audience shouted. "Cause when you look at these men you kind of ovulate?" asked Rhea. She admitted to seeing the show three times already with plans to go back. "That's not too stalkery, right?"
Brian d’Arcy James Got a New Nickname...
READ ON FOR THE FULL STORY OF BDJ'S NEW NICKNAME AND MORE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SOMETHING ROTTEN! PANEL
THE WOMEN OF WAITRESS
In a last-minute schedule addition, director Diane Paulus, writer Jessie Nelson and composer/lyricist Sara Bareilles hit the Mainstage for a download about this spring's impending sensation.
Sara Bareilles talked the "proudest moment of her career"
The singer-songwriter told the audience that her proudest moment of her entire career was the opening night of Waitress at A.R.T. in Boston. "I was levitating," she said.
And then she serenaded us.
That's right. The musician was happy to sing for a room full of adoring fans. She generously lent her vocals at the first request to "sing!" She popped up from her chair and settled in to the piano. Her touching rendition of "She Used to be Mine" had audience members on their feet.
SO LONG, FAREWELL...TO BROADWAYCON
To close out the unprecedented awesomeness that was Con, Danyel Fulton and Lesli Margherita reprised their characters from the Opening Ceremony. They were joined onstage by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner who wrote "BroadwayCon's The Place For You," now the convention anthem. Lena Hall rocked out "Lullaby of Broadway" and reached higher notes than we've ever heard before. After Anthony Rapp bid goodbye via "Google Hangout," thousands of Broadway fans sang — what else? — "Seasons of Love."
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL LYRICS OF "BROADWAYCON'S THE PLACE FOR YOU"
Ruthie Fierberg is the Features Editor at Playbill.com. She has also written for Backstage, Parents and American Baby, including dozens of interviews with celeb moms and dads for parents.com. Follow her on Twitter at @RuthiesATrain.