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Top 10 Panels Not to Miss at BroadwayCon 2019

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|by Amy Sapp |

Broadway’s ultimate fan convention returns to New York City

From Jan. 11 to 13, join some of Broadway’s biggest names at The New York Hilton Midtown Hotel in Manhattan for BroadwayCon 2019. This three-day celebration of theater, performers and everything in between features a slew of panels and presentations not to be missed.

Below, check out our top 10 panels you should not leave BroadwayCon without viewing.

BroadwayCon 2019 will light up The New York Hilton Midtown in January (Photo: BroadwayCon)

BroadwayCon 2019 will light up The New York Hilton Midtown in January (Photo: BroadwayCon)

Spotlight: Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Friday)
Cast members from the beloved West End transfer based on the books by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will share stories of their own Wizarding World to the Grand Ballroom on Friday at 1:45 p.m. “Wizards” slated to speak include Tony nominees Noma Dumezweni, Jamie Parker, Anthony Boyle and more from the play’s Broadway company.

Tale of the Broadway Beauxhomme: Discovering and Dissecting #BiracialBroadway (Friday)
At 3 p.m. in the Sutton Center Room, biracial performers and theater professionals will unite to host a conversation on their own experiences on Broadway and beyond as biracial individuals. Tyler Hardwick (Once on This Island), Alanna Saunders (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Kaylin Seckel (The Lion King National Tour) and Robby Clater (Pretty Woman: The Musical) are scheduled to share with audiences during this insightful conversation.

To BFA or Not to BFA (Friday)
Kicking off the day at 10 a.m. in the Gramercy West Room, actors and professionals will gather with the next generation of artists to share their thoughts, experiences and realities of obtaining a BFA versus a BA – or no collegiate degree – before tackling the Great White Way.

BroadwayCon: Jukebox (Friday)
Wrapping up the first day of the convention, BroadwayCon: Jukebox kicks off at 9:40 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. This unforgettable evening session puts the power of karaoke in the audience’s hands, as onlookers are given the ability to vote on which songs the performers onstage must sing next.

Andrew Rannells In Conversation (Saturday)
Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) takes to the Ziegfeld Ballroom at 3:25 p.m. alongside his best friend-turned-moderator, Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl), to regale true stories from his upcoming memoir, Too Much Is Not Enough.

High Tea with Queen Lesli: Lessons Learned from Showbiz to Rule Your Kingdom (Saturday)
At 4:15 p.m., high tea is served in the Murray Hill West Room, thanks to Queen Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Zorro the Musical) herself! Sit down with this Olivier Award winner and all-around inspiring force of nature as she explains the life lessons she has learned from navigating the entertainment business, from the power of authenticity to the practical skills for defeating the negative voices that so often pervade “Showbiz.”

Broadway Makers: How to Turn Your Passion Into Your Business (Saturday)
Thearical professionals and “Broadway-adjacent business leaders” will speak with one another, moderated by Laura Heywood (AOL Build, @BroadwayGirlNYC), on how they took their passions and created entreprenurial empires — all based on their love for the stage. Speakers include Gillian Pensavalle (The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast), Amber Kempter (Broadway Goes Pop), Andrea Koehler (Coloring Broadway), Jennifer Kahn (Scenery Bags) and Alisa Hurwitz PsyD (Dr. Drama).

Broadway Debuts (Sunday)
Start your Sunday morning off at 11:15 a.m. with a dose of inspiration in the Gramercy West Room! Hosted by Mo Brady (The Ensemblist), several outstanding performers will share the stories of how they “made it” to Broadway this season, in shows like The Cher ShowMean GirlsThe Prom and King Kong.

Broadway Kids Jam: What Broadway Kids Do When Not Onstage (Sunday)
Believe it or not, there is a host of phenomenal actors taking Broadway by storm who are all under the age of 18. Founded by performer and music director Joshua Turchin, Broadway Kids Jam is a conglomerate of young performers who have appeared on Broadway, television, film and more. This panel features a host of the group’s members, each offering a unique perspective on what it takes to be a kid and a working theatrical professional.

BroadwayCon First Look (Sunday)
Wrap up the remarkable weekend with a sneak peek into the next big hits to come to Broadway next year! Though no show or performer has been announced yet, we can guess that this is one event in the Grand Ballroom you won’t want to miss. Doors open for this 3 p.m. event at 2:30 p.m., so clear your afternoon schedule to secure the best seat for optimal viewing.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in January 2018.

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