The Play Lover’s Guide to BroadwayCon 2017

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Panels and programs tailored to fans who love straight plays.
Patrick Page, Tommy Tune, Anthony Rapp, Ben Vereen and cast
Patrick Page, Tommy Tune, Anthony Rapp, Ben Vereen and cast Joseph Marzullo/WENN

At times, it can seem like Broadway and musical theatre are synonymous. But straight plays are a vibrant part of the theatre scene and Broadway; so, fittingly, they are a focus of BroadwayCon. Here are a list of programs and panels suited to attendees who love straight theatre and behind-the-scenes action.

Download the BroadwayCon app to create your custom schedule with these, and other, panels, programs, performances, workshops, and more. Plus, it will keep you up to date on any schedule changes during the convention.

Stay tuned to this week for more tracks, including the Aspiring Actor Guide, and more.

Friday, January 27
10 AM Thank You, Five! Stage Management
12 PM Fight Directing
12 PM Out-of-Town Tryouts
1 PM Producing 101
2 PM I Can Hear the Bells: Sound Design on Broadway
2:30 PM Writers on Writing
3 PM From Page to Stage
4 PM The BroadwayCon 2017 Opening Ceremony

Saturday, January 28
10 AM BroadwayCon Feud
10 AM Masters of the House: House Management
11 AM A Day in the Life of Broadway General Managers
11 AM I Can’t, I’m in Tech
11 AM Long, Straight, Curly, Fuzzy: Wigs and Hair Design
11 AM Redefining Success on Broadway
11 AM Theatre Accessibility—Today and Beyond
12 PM Case Study: Designing for Circle in the Square
12 PM Makeup Design on Broadway
12 PM Speech & Debate Panel
1 PM Madam Secretary Panel
1 PM Resident/Associate Directors
1 PM Asian-American Representation in Theatre
2 PM I’m Still Here
2 PM That is the State of the Art: Projection Design
2 PM Trans Representation in Theatre
3 PM Everyone’s a Critic
3 PM Preserving Theatre on Film
3 PM William Ivey Long: A Lifetime in the Theatre
4 PM Being Out on Broadway
4 PM The Play’s the Thing! A Playwrighting Panel
5 PM Setting the Stage: Broadway Scenic Design
7 PM BroadwayCon Blizzard Party Line

Sunday, January 29
10 AM Activism and Theatre
10 AM The Untold Stories of Broadway
11 AM Dressing Them Up: Costume Designers
11 AM Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty: Prop Design
11 AM Stage a Scene
12 PM Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Onstage
12 PM Broadway Directors
2 PM Find Your Light: Lighting Design
3 PM “They Stole the Show!” Character Actors
3 PM Up in the Cheap Seats: A Historical Memoir of Broadway
4 PM Dramatic Monologues Workshop
6 PM The BroadwayCon 2017 Closing Ceremony


For tickets, full details on participation options and special hotel rates for the convention, visit

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.


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