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BroadwayCon 2019 First Look: ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Kiss Me, Kate!’ & More Share Sneak Peeks

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|by Danielle Moore |

BroadwayCon has gifted us with previews of this season’s upcoming shows

BroadwayCon 2019 is in full swing, and fans, actors and theater industry insiders alike have converged on the Hilton Midtown from Jan. 11 – Jan. 13 to celebrate Broadway. Since BroadwayCon’s inaugural year in 2016, one of the most popular main stage programming events is BroadwayCon First Look, an hour-long preview of snippets of some of the season’s most anticipated arrivals. ShowTickets was on site as cast and creative representatives from musicals like Kiss Me, Kate!, Beetlejuice and more took to the main stage to share some sneak peeks of what their show has in store for audiences.

Julie Halston ('Tootsie') and Stephanie Styles ('Kiss Me, Kate!') share a moment on the BroadwayCon main stage (Photo: Danielle Moore)

Julie Halston ('Tootsie') and Stephanie Styles ('Kiss Me, Kate!') share a moment on the BroadwayCon main stage (Photo: Danielle Moore)

Beetlejuice’s Beltress Sophia Anne Caruso
The 17-year-old powerhouse, who will co-star opposite Alex Brightman’s title character in Beetlejuice in a few months, commanded the mic for a rendition of “Dead Mom,” an uptempo rock song that seems fated to become the anthem of slightly goth musical theater girls everywhere. Afterwards, she chatted with the event’s emcee, Tootsie’s Julie Holsten, about how her character Lydia has evolved from the movie (in which her part was originally played by Winona Ryder).

Robyn Hurder Introduces The Final Trailer for Moulin Rouge!

Robyn Hurder, who will play Nini in the Broadway-bound Moulin Rouge!, and also recently starred as Cassie in Center City Encores’ A Chorus Line, stopped by to introduce BroadwayCon attendees to an exclusive first look at the last in a series of pre-Broadway trailers the show has been releasing, each themed to the bohemian ideals of truth, beauty, freedom and love. Keep an eye on the show’s Facebook for the trailer’s release, and check out the “Beauty” trailer below. 

Stephanie Styles of Kiss Me, Kate! Croons Cole Porter

Stephanie Styles will be making her Broadway debut this season as Lois Lane/Bianca in Roundabout’s highly anticipated revival of Kiss Me, Kate!. Styles stepped out to provide BroadwayCon audiences with a smashing rendition of the Cole Porter classic, “Always True to You in My Fashion,” and even employed Julie as her scene partner. She then shared with audiences how Kiss Me, Kate!, which opens on Valentine’s Day and also stars Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase, has been revised by writer Amanda Greene (Hands on a Hardbody) for the revival, noting that while audiences might be “pleasantly surprised” by the updates, the piece remains a “love story to both actors and people who love theater.”

Hadestown’s Anaïs Mitchell Steals the Show
Two members of the creative team of this sold-out sensation, currently playing at the National Theatre in London before a Broadway transfer in March, took the stage to discuss the 10-year road the piece took to the Great White Way. “You take the path that helps you do the work you want to do,” said Producer Mara Isaacs, who was joined singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. With the advent of Hadestown’s Broadway opening, Mitchell will become the first woman in nearly a decade to have written the book, music and lyrics for a Broadway musical. She accompanied herself in front of a spellbound auditorium while performing a folksy, acoustic rendition of “Why We Build the Wall,” a number sung, in the context of the show, by the character of Hades.

The Ladies of Tootsie Take the Stage 
After hosting the rest of the presentation, Julie Halston got to share a bit of her experience with the upcoming movie-to-musical adaptation, Tootsie, when it played in Chicago. “It was boffo,” she joked, employing the old-fashioned trade press slang for box office success. She then introduced a Tootsie twofer of musical numbers: Lilli Cooper (Julie in TootsieSpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical) was joined by three female members of the ensemble (Shina Ann Morris, Katerina Papacostas and Diana Vaden) to sing “I’m Gone,” followed by Sarah Stiles (Hand to God), who plays Sandy, singing “What’s Gonna Happen.” Tootsie’s segment, and the event as a whole, would not have been complete without one final quip from Julie, who plays hard-haggling producer Rita in the show: “I don’t care if you have to rob someone; get your tickets to Tootsie!”

For more of the best of Broadway and beyond, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in January 2019.



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