What’s That Word, Again? The Official BroadwayCon Glossary for “Con” Newbies

BroadwayCon   What’s That Word, Again? The Official BroadwayCon Glossary for “Con” Newbies
If you’re new to massive fan conventions, you might hear some unfamiliar words and phrases being tossed around.

Missed the inaugural BroadwayCon 2016? Haven’t attended a huge fan convention before? Here’s a list of a few of the most common Con terms to keep you from getting lost in translation:

AU: abbreviation (Alternate Universe)
Taking characters from one story and putting them in an alternate universe such as modern times, a high school, or combining them with characters from a different story altogether.

Badge Ribbons:  noun  \'baj ri-bəns\
Small, colorful ribbons given to attendees to attach to their name badges by presenters, vendors, and fellow attendees.

Bounding:  noun   \'bau̇n-diŋ\
Dressing up as contemporary versions of favorite characters; a less exact, and more relaxed form of cosplay (see below).


Canon:  noun  \'ka-nən\
Original source material from a book, play, film, musical etc.

Cosplay: noun  \'käs-plā\
The practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, game—or in our case—play or musical. 

Fans engage in <i>Wicked</i> cosplay
Fans engage in Wicked cosplay Photo by Northern Belle Rogue/ Sean Ward

Fandom:  noun  \'fan-dəm\
The fans of a particular book, movie, show, fictional series—in our case, piece of theatre—regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

Fanfic:  noun  \'fan-fik\
Fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular play, or musical.

Feels:  noun  \'fēls\
Strong emotions felt about a particular event involving a fandom. Example: Ben Platt gives us all the feels.

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage.
Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage. Margot Schulman

Headcanon:  noun  \'hed-ka-nən\
Elements and interpretations of a fictional universe accepted by an individual fan, but not found within or supported by the official canon.

OTP: abbreviation (One True Pairing)
Your favorite romantic combination of characters in a fandom. Example: Nina + Benny forevs.

Trash: noun  \'trash\
A positive way to describe being more than an average fan of a book, film, or show. Example: I am such Hamilton trash.

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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