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Here’s What’s New at BroadwayCon 2019

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|by Danielle Moore |

We’re just days away from the Broadway event of the year

“Another opinin’, another show.” As the lyrics of Cole Porter’s masterpiece Kiss Me, Kate! – a new revival of which will open on Broadway in February – attest, show business is an ever-changing entity. It only makes sense, then, that BroadwayCon, the industry’s premier industry conference and ultimate fan event, should follow suit. BroadwayCon 2019 will take place from Jan. 11 – Jan. 13, and in addition to a return to its former home of the Midtown Hilton, the event has quite a few changes and additions to be on the lookout for this year. Here’s what’s new and noteworthy at BroadwayCon 2019.

‘Be More Chill,’ the Broadway-bound musical, will have a special spotlight at BroadwayCon (Photo: ‘Be More Chill’)

‘Be More Chill,’ the Broadway-bound musical, will have a special spotlight at BroadwayCon (Photo: ‘Be More Chill’)

Comedian Mike Birbiglia
Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
With the arrival of Birbiglia’s The New One on Broadway, the industry has been pleasantly surprised by the success of a show that doesn’t fit squarely into the categories of play, stand-up comedy or one-man show. Birbiglia will be on hand during specially ticketed Industry Day programming for a “Fireside Chat” about both the business, and the fandom, aspects of what it takes to make a show succeed.

Disney Theatrical at 25: The Stars Align
Friday, 8:40 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
While last year’s BroadwayCon featured a special celebration of The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th year on Broadway, this year’s event will spotlight an anniversary that’s a little more – well – animated. This anniversary panel will include actors like James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Patti Murin (Frozen) and Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher) chatting with DTG President Thomas Schumacher.  

Spotlight: Be More Chill
Friday, 7:40 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Arguably the most fan-driven addition to the 2018-2019 Broadway season, this sci-fi-fueled musical – which garnered support for on Off-Broadway production thanks to fans discovering a cast album on Spotify – aims to challenge what we think of as “right for Broadway.” Stepping out of rehearsals for their Mar. 10 opening at the Lyceum, the cast and creative will share their journey from viral teen sensation to one of Broadway’s most intriguing tickets.

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown 20 Year Reunion
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.
While stars of the hit musical, like Anthony Rapp and BD Wong, have gone on to become household names for their work on Broadway and beyond, the rest of this team is doing big things, too. Ilana Levine, for instance, now runs the popular Little Known Facts podcast, while the show’s director, Jerry Mitchell, has had several other Broadway hits on his hands with Kinky Boots and Pretty Woman. Don’t miss this highly anticipated reunion.

Photograph Session with Caitlin Kinnunen of The Prom
Friday, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Prom
’s breakout star Caitlin Kinnunen will be on hand for photographs at this specially ticketed event. The actress made her Broadway debut as Thea in Spring Awakening, and has recently received acclaim for her pitch-perfect portrayal of The Prom’s Emma, an LGBTQ teen who has no interest in becoming a national headline for wanting to take her girlfriend to the prom.

For more of the best of BroadwayCon, check out our list of the Top 10 Panels Not to Miss at BroadwayCon 2019.

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