BroadwayCon 2019 is in full swing, and fans, actors and theater industry insiders alike have converged on the Hilton Midtown from Jan. 11 – Jan. 13 to celebrate Broadway. Since BroadwayCon’s inaugural year in 2016, one of the most popular main stage programming events is BroadwayCon First Look, an hour-long preview of snippets of some of the season’s most anticipated arrivals.
From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘Mean Girls,’ Broadway broke records this holiday. The holidays brought a record-breaking week for more than a few Broadway shows, as well as for Broadway as a whole. The week ending in Dec. 30 saw a record number of theatergoers flock to the Great White Way for the holidays, with an astonishing 378,910 seats filled in what was also the highest-grossing week in Broadway history.
Harry Potter, Walter White and Olivia Pope walk into a bar in midtown Manhattan. Though it sounds like the setup for a pop culture junkie joke, thanks to this season’s packed lineup of name-centric Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, the scenario could happen any day now.
160 million theatergoers, 20 Tony Awards and 5 Olivier Awards. These distinctions could never belong to one show alone, but Disney Theatrical Group – which lays claim to these accolades, and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year – did, in fact, begin with just one show. At a special anniversary panel on BroadwayCon 2019’s main stage, DTG’s President and CEO, Thomas Schumacher, was quick to dispel the notion that the organization was masterminded as a vehicle for adapting Disney films into hit after hit on the Broadway stage and beyond.
On the show’s 15th anniversary, ‘Wicked’ fans enjoyed a VIP reception. On October 30th, Wicked celebrated its 15th Anniversary on Broadway. This worldwide phenomenon, however, would not be possible without Wicked superfans across the globe. On the evening of the show’s 15th Anniversary performance, a select group of Wicked fans gathered at the Gershwin Theatre for a special anniversary reception.