The third, and final, day of BroadwayCon was a busy one. We began our day at Tyler Mount’s Broadway Besties with Keala Setlle, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, and Christopher Jackson. It was a very fun event and included games and giveaways.
On the mainstage next was Waving Through A Window: The Dear Evan Hansen Panel. The entire cast and most of the creative team were there to discuss the creation and execution of the musical. They discussed their favorite parts of the show, enjoying being able to watch each other perform when they’re not in a scene and really digging into the lives and feelings of the characters.
We had a photo-op with Jeremy Jordan and then later we attended the BroadwayCon First Look featuring a preview of some of he musicals of the upcoming series including Bandstand, Come From Away, Significant Other, and more. Company members of the upcoming shows previewed songs from and details of the shows. We particularly enjoyed the song from Bandstand.
We took one last stroll around the Marketplace and saw Ann Harada being interviewed by Broadway Masters. Once her interview was over they then interviewed Lesli Margherita before she had to run to her photo-op sessions.
The last big thing of the con was the closing ceremony which was a fitting end to the weekend.
They’ve already announced that there will be a BroadwayCon 2018. We’re looking forward to seeing what awesome guests and events will take place next year!
Day 2 was eventful. There were a lot of awesome guests, panels and events. Andrew Keenan-Bolger signed copies of Jack and Louisa: Act 3 at the Drama Book Shop booth, the cast of the upcoming film Speech and Debate signed at the Lights of Broadway booth, Telly Leung and Sierra Boggess signed and took pictures at the Broadway Records booth, and those are only a few examples of the guests on hand for Day 2.
We attended the Kinky Boots panel celebrating the show’s 3 years on Broadway. They talked about the effect the message of the show has on society, what it’s like stepping into the shoes of the performers that were in the show before you, and much more.
We also sat in on the Speech and Debate panel discussing what it was like to adapt the stage show to the screen, and the Madam Secretary panel which discussed the difference in acting and working on stage versus on screen.
We attended a Q&A with Arielle Jacobs on the Marketplace stage in which she discussed looking ethnically ambiguous and what that means for the parts she is able to play.
But some of the highlights of the day were BroadwayCon Feud which pitted Team Hamilton against Team Burr and Lesli Margherita’s Variety Hour.
It was a full and fun day of programming for Day 2. We’re looking forward to another great day for the third, and final day of the con.
This is our first year at BroadwayCon and we didn’t know exactly what to expect, but it is just like any other convention. There are awesome vendors, organizations, and some serious Cosplays.
The crowd was a manageable size making it fairly easy to get from booth to booth, as you check out the artists and products you want to see. I have been to cons where you could barely move around the convention floor and trying to get to some booths felt futile, so this was a breeze of fresh air. However, it is only day 1.
The vendors and exhibitors are everything Broadway fans want! Some of our favorites have been Broadway.com, BroadwayBox, The Lights of Broadway, The Drama Book Shop, and Broadway Records.
There are opportunities to enter to win tickets to Broadway shows, panels, lectures, performances, autograph signings, and photo ops. There was a lottery system to get autograph and photo op passes for select Broadway stars, but there are also plenty of signing opportunities at some of the booths. Today we met Alice Riley at the Broadway Records booth and Carolee Carmello at The Lights of Broadway table. Both of them, along with The Drama Book Shop, will have guests at their booths every day during BroadwayCon.
We didn’t go to very many panels or events today, but we did catch most of the events on the Marketplace Stage including Anthony Rosenthal’s and Alice Ripley’s Q&As and Lauren Pritchard and Kathryn Gallagher’s performance.
It’s been a fun day meeting a lot of new people and some of our favorite Broadway performers! We’re excited to come back tomorrow for day two!