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BroadwayCon from 22 to 24 January 2016 in New York

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Whilst over-excited geeks dressed up as hobbits, storm troopers and wonder woman have flocked to San Diego each year in their hundreds of thousands to feast on a generous helping of Comic Con, Broadway fans have been left wanting... Until now, that is. Finally the Broadway community has its own convention and it starts today! The first-ever BROADWAYCON opens its doors from 22nd to 24th January at the famed New York Hilton Midtown hotel and is set to welcome theatre enthusiasts from all over the world. Our writer Stan Friedman will be attending to cover all the highlights over the weekend, so stay tuned for all the Broadway gossip.

Comic Con was established way back in 1970, so it is high time Broadway offered its fans a similar chance to get up close and personal with its stars, as well as immersing themselves in a whole host of workshops and activities revolving around our beloved Great White Way.

Over the course of the three days, there will be various industry panels, performances, workshops, autograph sessions, Q&A sessions, Meet & Greet and photo opportunities with the who's who of the Broadway community.

Here are some of the guests who are scheduled to attend:

Juggernaut musical Hamilton will be well-represented by its stars Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jakson, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and Tony nominee Jonathan Groff.

From the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home, two-time Tony winner Michael Cerveris, Tony nominee Judy Kuhn, Tony nominee Beth Malone, Tony nominee Emily Skeggs, as well as Tony-winning writer Lisa Kron and Tony-winning director Sam Gold, will all be in attendance. Ooh that's a lot of Tonys!

"Smash" and Spring Awakening alumni Andy Mientus and Krysta Rodriguez will also be on hand, as will Rent legends Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal. Other big names include School of Rock frontman Alex Brightman, Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher (currently represented on Broadway by both The King and I and Fiddler on the Roof), Andrew and Tony-nominated sister Celia Keenan-Bolger, Olivier Award-winning The Book of Mormon star Gavin Creel, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Tony winner Lena Hall, and a host of other creative names from all aspects of the theatre industry.

I can only heartily encourage you to get yourselves down to BroadwayCon at at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel this weekend and help make this most fabulous of all conventions an annual event on the theatrical calendar not to be missed!

There's no business like show business, folks!

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- by Tom Millward

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