I discovered BroadwayCon last year. I was sitting on my couch when I saw #BroadwayCon on twitter. I immediately turned off the TV and ran to the Javits Center. At the convention, I met Jenn Colella, bought an original rendering of the Avenue Q stage, and participated in playbill trading. This year I was a bit more prepared.
I bought my ticket in advance and headed over to new location at the Midtown Hilton bright and early on Saturday. The new space is smaller than Javits so the events were spread out across the hotel. The marketplace took up two floors. The vendors skewed towards handmade items rather than theater memorabilia. I got a delightful Dear Evan Hansen coloring set from Coloring Broadway and got to meet their lovely team.
Due to size limitations, the main conference room wasn’t actually at the Hilton. It was across the street at the Ziegfeld Ballroon. I attended a panel celebrating the 40 years of the New York Theater Workshop featuring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Jeremy O. Harris, Doug Wright, James C. Nicola, and moderated by Anthony Rapp. It was a fascinating discussion on the history and process of the NYTW. I’m going to buy a membership for the next season.
Overall, BroadwayCon was a fun experience. The one day pass was the perfect amount of time to spend.
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