Oh, what a beautiful morning! The curtain rose on BroadwayCon 2017 and the first day was non-stop packed with exciting programming throughout the day. From dance and comedy workshops to the first chance to pick up unique theatre merch in the Marketplace, there was something to keep everyone busy.
The day started with panels on professional skills for actors (or those interested in the business!), including a “Self-Tape Seminar” and “It’s Called Showbiz, Not ShowArt.” Some lucky attendees were also lucky enough to observe or participate in our first dance workshop of the weekend! And we don’t want to alarm you, but things certainly got dramatic at the “Fight Directing” panel.
A few of Broadway’s brightest also joined us to tell the stories of stepping into the shoes of some of theatre’s most beloved characters. Melissa Errico shared songs and stories about what inspires her in theatre. We even had a panel on Ragtime to discuss its present and its history, and how both behind the scenes and in the audience, the musical has brought all kinds of people together.
As we entered the afternoon, the Marketplace Stage became the heart of BroadwayCon, hosting Q&As with Alice Ripley and Anthony Rosenthal, as well as musical performances. The Audience Rewards Autograph and Photograph area was particularly popular! This was where attendees could meet and interact with some of their favorite stars. And it wouldn’t be BroadwayCon without a live recording of “BroadwayCon: The Podcast.” Patrick Hinds and friends gave listeners inspiration on different ways they could be involved and present in the community, even when they’re not onstage.
And what about our first singalong of the weekend? Well, let’s just say we definitely heard the people sing!
In the evening, we kicked off BroadwayCon with an inspirational show. The cast—including special guests Alice Ripley and James Monroe Iglehart—wowed us all from beginning to end. We honored the late Carrie Fisher and proved that there is no silencing the theatre community, now or ever! We laughed, we cried, and we certainly left feeling empowered to shape our reality into the colorful, musical world we want to live in.
Next, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 launched us into our evening programming as they returned for a second year. With a cast featuring leading talent like Denée Benton and Josh Groban, it’s no surprise that this show is currently one of the hottest tickets on Broadway!
The BroadwayCon Cabaret featured some of the industry’s greatest composers and actors singing their favorite songs from the shows we all love. Fredi Walker-Browne moved us all with “Follow Your Road” by Pauline Wilson and Carolee Carmello closed with “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”
We returned to the pride with the “20 Years on Pride Rock” panel where the show’s director, Julie Taymor, shared memories of the creation of The Lion King.
And that wasn’t the only show tonight that had us feeling nostalgic! We were joined by members of the original cast and creative team from Annie for their 40th anniversary. There certainly seem to be infinite tomorrows for this timeless musical!
Don’t Quit Your Night Job brought an improv show that kept the laughs coming. Guests like Betsy Wolfe and Lisa Howard helped to keep the surprises coming. The musical stylings of Loose Cattle closed out this spectacular first day.
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