A Theatre Lover’s Dream Weekend: BroadwayCon Takes NYC By Storm!

If Anthony Rapp builds it, Broadway fans will come.

The first ever BroadwayCon hit NYC last weekend (along with 26.8 inches of snow) and it was awesome! This three-day theatre convention–co-created by Rapp with a portion of proceeds benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS–was the ultimate fan experience. With a schedule of panels, workshops, and performances that reads like a superfan’s bucket list, this new theatre-centric gathering is sure to be here for years to come.

Here are 8 things you need to know about Broadway’s best new event:

1. People showed up.

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It wouldn’t be a Broadway convention without a little drama, now would it? Winter Storm Jonas closed down NYC theatres on Saturday, but BroadwayCon attendees decided the show must go on. And so it did . . . with nearly 6,000 people from all over the world braving the blizzard to be a part of the experience.

2. And they got into it.

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You haven’t seen cosplay until you’ve seen it done by Broadway fans. Theatre lovers showed up in their kinky boots and Elphaba green, portraying all their favorite characters from the Phantom to the Hilton sisters to Mr. Mistoffelees.

3. The BroadwayCon fan anthem was born.

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Like any good show, BroadwayCon kicked things off with a great opening number. Watch the performance and prepare to find yourself singing “BroadwayCon’s the place for you!” for the next few days.

4. Old favorites joined the party.

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It’s been 525,600 minutes x 20 since this amazing team took the stage. The original cast of RENT held a panel that quickly became one of the most talked about moments of the weekend. Even the cast that couldn’t be there in person wanted in on the fun: Jesse L. Martin said hello via FaceTime and Idina Menzel made this heartfelt video.

5. All your new favorites were there, too.

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The cast of HAMILTON held a panel to talk about how they got involved in the show and why it is such an important work. And in true Lin-Manuel Miranda fashion, there was some freestyle rapping.

6. The community welcomed Broadway newbies.

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Josh Groban, star of the upcoming NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, showed off his new accordion skills and said hello to Broadway fans in a video. And then things got super nerdy . . . with this song from the upcoming musical NERDS about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

7. Broadway set out to start a brand new day.

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At the “A Brand New Day: Diversity on Broadway” panel, ECLIPSED Producer Alia Jones-Harvey laid out an exciting call to action saying, “We have a very specific mission: turning the world upside down. Changing the paradigm.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

8. Fans found their voice.

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Not only could Broadway fans meet their favorite stars, they could meet each other! There were workshops, meetups, and even scheduled sing-a-longs where Broadway buffs could belt it out. BroadwayCon truly was a place for fans, which according to Anthony Rapp, was the ultimate goal: “If this can bridge all of those worlds and bring people together and celebrate community, that’s exactly what we want to do.”
Feeling the FOMO? Start making your costumes now: BroadwayCon promises to be back next year in 2017!