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5 Panels You Shouldn't Miss at BroadwayCon 2020

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|by Amy Sapp |

From the psychology behind ‘Hamilton’ to the creative team behind the highly anticipated musical ‘Six’

If you are a fan of theater, we have a feeling we may see you at BroadwayCon 2020. This three-day fan and professional convention draws together lovers of the stage from across the nation –and the globe – at The New York Hilton Midtown from Jan. 24 to 26, 2020.

Took a peek at this year's schedule, and already feel a bit overwhelmed? We’ve selected five panels that we cannot wait to catch during the weekend convention to help narrow down your choices.

See you onstage!

The West End cast of the musical ‘Six,’ which is headed to Broadway this year (Photo: Idil Sukan)

The West End cast of the musical ‘Six,’ which is headed to Broadway this year (Photo: Idil Sukan)

“Beyond These Palace Walls: The Magic and Making of Disney's Aladdin on Broadway”
Friday, Jan. 24, Sutton Center Room
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Since 2014, the cast and team behind Disney’s Aladdin have amazed audiences with a whole new world of flying carpets, massive musical numbers and mesmerizing costumes. To help paint the show’s full story, BroadwayCon panelist Stephen D. Sperandio will outline the show’s inspiration from both a Middle Eastern folktale and the Disney animated film of the same name. Take your musical theater knowledge to new heights with this can’t-miss panel.

“From Broadway to National Tour”
Friday, Jan. 24, Beekman Room 
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Moderated by Wicked’s Ginna Claire Mason, “From Broadway to National Tour” features a host of young panelists who have all performed in both the Broadway and National Touring iterations of shows. Featured guests include those with credits in The King and I, A Christmas Story, Les Miserables, Fun Home and Matilda: The Musical. (Plus, these panelists are all under 21 years old!) Stop by to learn the similarities and differences between performing the same role on Broadway and during the National Tour.

“From Page to Stage: A Writer’s Journey to Broadway”
Saturday, Jan. 25, Trianon Ballroom
11:15 a.m. to 12:15
Have you ever wanted an insider’s take as to how a show makes it from a writer’s mind to a theatrical stage in New York? You’re in luck. Playwrights Ming Peiffer (Usual Girls), Tony Award winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) and Noah Haidle (Birthday Candles, Stand Up Guys starring Al Pacino) will speak with Roundabout Theatre Company’s Associate Artistic Director Jill Rafson to reveal first-hand accounts and personal advice of how to write a show – and pursue its onstage production.

“What Is A Legacy? - Lessons Learned From Hamilton"
Sunday, Jan. 26, Sutton Center Room
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Helmed by psychologist Dr. Alisa Hurwitz, this unique panel looks at the cultural and psychological influence of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton on theatergoers and the actors onstage. Join cast members, a Hamilton podcaster, a playwright and more in this unique look at how – and why – one show can shape the lives and minds of so many.

“Show Spotlight: Six”
Sunday, Jan. 26, MainStage – Grand Ballroom
1:45pm to 2:45pm

Arguably, one of the most highly anticipated Broadway musicals of the 2020 season is Six, the story of Henry VIII’s wives – told as a pop concert (A.K.A. in a way that you have never witnessed before.) If you are as excited as we are to witness this musical spectacle at the Brooks Atksinon Theatre, stop by the MainStage to hear the team behind Six speak with Playbill’s Felicia Fitzpatrick about the process bringing this Olivier Award-nominated show to New York.

For more Broadway news, read this week’s Broadway Beat.

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