Meet the BroadwayCon 2019 Star To Be finalists!

We are so excited to announce the ten finalists for BroadwayCon Star To Be! Check out their performances that won over our selection committee below, and don’t miss when they perform live at BroadwayCon on Saturday, January 12.

Terrence Berry & Jessica Magdosko

“The Goodbye Song” from SMASH

Ashley Espejo, Marlene Fernandez, Jazailis Gual, Najalis Gual, Ashley Henson, & Jada Williams

“First Burn” from The HAMILTON Mixtape

Kenneth L Gaddie

“Bring Him Home” from LES MISERABLES

Glynnis Goff

“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Cayla Hall


Kristin Bria Hopkins

“You’ve Got Possibilities” from IT’S A BIRD…IT’S A PLANE…IT’S SUPERMAN

Satya Kutsko

“And They’re Off” from THE NEW BRAIN

Katherine Palm, Brenna Hutto, and Kayla Hutto

“A Soft Place to Land” from WAITRESS

Natalie Schroeder

“Everlasting” from TUCK EVERLASTING

Brooklynn Stanley

“One Perfect Moment” from BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted for BroadwayCon Star To Be! Join us on Saturday, January 12 to see all our finalists perform live at BroadwayCon!

It’s Tonys Time!

We can’t wait to cheer on past BroadwayCon guests Sara Barielles and Josh Groban (not to mention all of the nominees!) as they host the 72nd Tony Awards, so we’re starting the party prep early!

We’ve put together our annual Tonys Party Pack, including custom Tonys bingo cards, showstopping cocktails, and a selection of delicious treats — all themed for this year’s Tony nominees!

Then, join us on Twitter where we’ll be watching along with the Tonys broadcast. Download and print out your copy of our Tonys Party Pack, and we’ll see you on Sunday on Twitter at 8 PM Eastern!

BroadwayCon is returning to Midtown!

We can finally tell you what we have in store for 2019! The first three years of BroadwayCon have featured incredible performances, new friendships, and lots of fun. And now we’re moving the fun back into the theatre district.

BroadwayCon is at its best when it’s in the center of it all, so we are bringing it back inland and are thrilled to announce that BroadwayCon 2019 will return to where we started: the Hilton Midtown, with the addition of the beautiful, historic Ziegfeld Ballroom next door. Mark your calendars! BroadwayCon 2019 will take place January 11–13.

It’s been a great two years at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center but we could not be more excited to bring BroadwayCon back to the heart of the city that is integral to the Broadway community we know and love. Snag tickets to a show during the weekend? Now you’ll be able to squeeze in one last panel or singalong before the curtain rises. Tired of the same food court offerings? We are too! At the Hilton Midtown, you’ll be just minutes away from a huge variety of restaurants serving nearly every cuisine, and they deliver!

If you stay with us at the Hilton Midtown (and we recommend that you do; we will have a special convention rate available very shortly!), you’ll be just steps away from BroadwayCon every morning. Instead of packing your bag with everything you might need for the day and waiting for the shuttle just to get to BroadwayCon, all you’ll need is your badge! If your phone dies or you forget to grab a Playbill for your autograph session that day, your room will be just an elevator ride away. And if there’s a blizzard? Well, you know the drill!

Each year, BroadwayCon has grown bigger and better, and BroadwayCon 2019 is no exception. We’ll have more programming and more space at the Hilton than ever before, and we’ll be bringing you regular updates about all the fun we’ve got planned this time around. Make sure to follow @BwayCon across social media and sign up to receive our emails!

We can’t wait to celebrate another BroadwayCon with you!

Your BroadwayCon Team

Programming rooms at BroadwayCon will honor unsung women from theatre history!

This year, we are celebrating the unsung women of Broadway! Each programming room is named for a woman whose work – from producing to design to management to performance – made Broadway what it is today.

Read more about each of of the women below:

Margo Jones

MARGO JONES (1911 – 1955) was a director and producer who is often considered the founder of the regional theatre movement. In 1947, she founded Theatre ‘47 in Dallas, TX with the goal of creating work opportunities for theatre professionals outside of New York City. Theatre ‘47 was America’s first professional theatre-in-the-round and was a home for new plays, as two-thirds of the plays Margo staged there were new works. As the regional theatre movement spread in the 1950s, Theatre ‘47 became a common model for these new companies. Before opening Theatre ‘47, Margo was a successful director; she was co-director of the original production of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

Ruth Mitchell

RUTH MITCHELL (1919 – 2000) was Hal Prince’s longtime associate, working alongside him on shows such as Cabaret, Follies, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, and Show Boat. She began her career as a performer and quickly transitioned into stage management, where she once said that her duties included everything but “singing the hit song or selling orange drink in the lobby.” Her stage management credits include The King and I, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof.

Willa Kim

WILLA KIM (1917 – 2016) was a costume designer for dance and theatre whose Broadway credits included The Will Rogers Follies, Jumpers, Legs Diamond, Dancin’, and Victor, Victoria. She began her career as a fashion illustrator in California before becoming an assistant costumer at Paramount Studios. She then followed her mentors to New York, where her first four Broadway shows ran for a combined total of 12 days. Eventually, she earned six Tony Award nominations, winning two. Willa Kim kept working into her 90s, including a 2007 production of The Sleeping Beauty at American Ballet Theater.

Diosa Costello

JUANA DE DIOS CASTRELLO (1913 – 2013) was better known as the performer, producer, and club owner Diosa Costello. She began her dance career in Spanish Harlem clubs and became known for dancing opposite Desi Arnaz. She debuted on Broadway in George Abbott’s Too Many Girls (1939), becoming the rst Latina to appear on the Broadway stage. She was later seen as a replacement “Bloody Mary” in South Pacific. She also appeared in the films “Miss Sadie Thompson,” “They Met in Argentina,” and Laurel and Hardy’s “The Bull Fighters.”


VINNETTE CARROLL (1922 – 2002) was a playwright and actress, and the first black woman to direct on Broadway. She was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Direction of a Musical for Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope and Best Book and Best Direction of a Musical for Your Arms Too Short to Box With God. She is credited with the conception of both of those shows, in addition to her role as director. She was also the founder of the Urban Arts Corps, a non-profit community theater that offered classes for young actors in underserved areas. Until Liesl Tommy’s 2016 nomination for Eclipsed, Vinnette Carroll was the only black woman to have received a Tony nomination for direction, and she remains the only female African-American nominee for Best Direction of a Musical.

Hildy Parks

HILDY PARKS (1926 – 2004) was a performer, writer, and producer, who collaborated with her husband, Alexander H. Cohen, on several Broadway productions and Tony Awards shows. Though Cohen is remembered for his work producing the Tonys from 1967–1986, Hildy wrote the script for the awards show, making sure that from its first broadcast, the Tonys would be interesting to home viewers. Together, Parks and Cohen were nominated for five Emmy Awards for their work on the Tonys, winning one in 1980. (Hildy won a second in 1982 for producing The Night of 100 Stars). Her Broadway producing credits include 84 Charing Cross Road, I Remember Mama, and Anna Christie.

Renee Harriss

RENEE HARRIS (1876 – 1969) was New York’s first female theatrical producer. Renee and her husband, Henry B. Harris, lived together above Harris’ Hudson Theatre until Henry died in the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. Renee took over the theater and operated it herself, once refusing a $1.2 million o er for the theater out of fear that it would be torn down and replaced with an office building. The Hudson remained in Renee Harris’s control until the Great Depression. In 2017, 114 years after it opened, the Hudson reopened as a Broadway house, making it both the oldest and the newest Broadway theater.

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Mischief Management is dedicated to creating a fun, safe, accepting and welcoming space where fans can celebrate what they love. The safety and security of all attendees is of the utmost importance to us. Please read the below policies carefully before attending BroadwayCon.

Anti-Harrassment Policy

At BroadwayCon, the safety of everyone at the event is our first priority. We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: stalking, intimidation, offensive verbal comments, physical assault, battery, harassing photography or recording, continuous disruption of panels or other events, bathroom policing, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome physical attention in relation to, but not limited to: age, appearance, body size, gender identity or expression, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

BroadwayCon is a private event, and as such, we reserve the right to remove any person from the event at any time. If a person engages in harassing behavior, BroadwayCon Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from BroadwayCon with no refund and contacting the appropriate authorities. Our policy applies to everyone at BroadwayCon, including attendees, exhibitors, speakers, special guests, professionals, press, staff, volunteers, and event security.

If someone’s behavior makes you uncomfortable, or if you witness harassment happening to someone else, you should immediately contact BroadwayCon Staff. BroadwayCon Staff will be designated by staff badges and red staff lanyards. You may also come to the BroadwayCon customer service desk to report an incident.

We ask that you abide by common sense rules to guide your behavior: If someone does not want to interact with you, don’t interact with them. If you do not have permission to touch someone, don’t touch them. We rely on your good judgement and respect for others and their property to create a fun and memorable event, and would hate for you to miss it, so please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these rules so that doesn’t happen!

If you feel like your safety or the safety of another person is at risk, then please don’t hesitate to notify a BroadwayCon staff member or security officer. You can also call the BroadwayCon Security hotline for immediate assistance at (646) 481-4438.

Weapons Policy

In order to maintain a safe space for all attendees and guests, Mischief Management has a zero tolerance policy for real weaponry. Real weapons of any kind are expressly forbidden on the premises of any Mischief Management event. (“Real weapons” are defined here as any object designed or used for inflicting harm on any person). This includes all firearms, martial arts paraphernalia, any knives larger than a pocket knife, and airsoft guns. This also applies to attendees who may have a permit or license to carry said weapon.

Any person found to be carrying a weapon of any kind may be required to turn over the weapon to the security staff and/or to have their ticket for the event revoked and to be removed from the event space.

BroadwayCon Cosplay Policy

By attending BroadwayCon, you agree that BroadwayCon and New York Hilton Midtown staff members, who will be clearly designated by visible credentials, may, at any time, inspect any costume, costume weapon, or other items you bring to BroadwayCon, and may remove any person from the event space for violation of this policy.

Please familiarize yourself with our Anti-Harassment Policy. We ask that you abide by common sense rules to guide your behavior. If someone does not want to interact with you, don’t interact with them. This also applies to attendees in cosplay. Always ask before taking photos of or with another attendee, and respect your fellow attendees’ right to say no. If a person engages in harassing behavior, BroadwayCon Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from BroadwayCon with no refund and contacting the appropriate authorities.

We understand that our attendees may be cosplaying as characters who carry weaponry. All attendees agree to abide by our Weapons Policy as well as any policies enacted by the VENUE. Prop and/or costume weapons are permitted at BroadwayCon as part of a relevant costume. However, all prop weapons must be:

If your costume weapon looks realistic, federal law requires that it be either translucent enough that the inner mechanics are visible, or at least half-covered with solid white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or pink.

Different styles of props will have different needs. Below, please find a non-exhaustive list of ways in which to safeguard your prop weapon.

  1. Bows and slingshots must be either strung with a material that cannot hold tension or completely unstrung.
  2. They may not have the capacity to fire a projectile.
  3. Arrows may not be tipped and they must be tied together and secured to the quiver.
  4. Any kind of knife, sword, or other prop weapon with a cutting edge may not be sharpened or have the ability to cut.
  5. Any projectile weapon must be incapable of firing.

Upon arrival, attendees who are wearing costumes that include prop weapons must have their weapons logged and tagged at the BroadwayCon Customer Service Desk.

After you check into BroadwayCon and receive your badge, please proceed to the Customer Service Desk. One of our staff members will examine your prop weapon, catalog it, and tag it with a neon cable tie. A staff member will be available to examine prop weapons at all times during registration hours.

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All BroadwayCon attendees and special guests are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct. The BroadwayCon badge is required for admittance to any BroadwayCon function. BroadwayCon reserves the right to revoke, without refund, this badge for noncompliance with these terms, for disorderly conduct including, but not limited to, any behavior that is illegal, unsafe, disruptive, discriminatory, or causes excessive discomfort to another person, or for sale or attempted sale of a badge. Further, BroadwayCon reserves the right to permanently exclude any person who does not comply with the Code of Conduct from future events.

BroadwayCon attendees and special guests are required to adhere to the instructions of all BroadwayCon employees and agents, all security employees and agents, the staff of the New York Hilton Midtown, and any and all law enforcement personnel.

BroadwayCon attendees and special guests agree to observe and comply with any and all policies, rules, and regulations of the New York Hilton Midtown, all laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, and regulations of the Government of the United States, the state of New York, New York County and the city of New York.


You assume any and all risks occurring before, during, or after BroadwayCon. You release BroadwayCon and the New York Hilton Midtown and their agents, licensees, assignees, and their respective affiliates and representatives from any related claims.

Alcohol, illegal drugs, weapons, and items that can be mistaken for weapons are expressly prohibited, even if they are part of a costume.

All BroadwayCon functions have limited capacities as determined by the Fire Marshal. Although your badge is required for admittance to all functions, it does not guarantee you access to any function if it has reached its capacity. All autograph and photo booth sessions are of a limited nature, and your badge does not guarantee access to all of them.