I saw the future. And it was BroadwayCon!
Well, it took awhile.
Back in 2011, I blogged about the “con” revolution. You know, ComicCon, EmeraldCityCon, DragonCon, ILikeHungarianCabinetMakingCon, and so on. With all the different “cons” out there, I had to wonder why there was no BroadwayCon.
Well, thank your lucky Broadway stars, there is one now.
Just this week, Co-Founder Anthony Rapp (yep that Anthony Rapp, of Rent fame) announced that the first ever BroadwayCon will take place one year from now, in January of 2016. They’re planning on roundtables, master classes, autograph sessions and a whole lot more. And please tell me that people are going to dress up like their favorite Broadway characters. I’m dying to see a convention center filled with Mormons, Elphabas and a bunch of giant Pumbaas.
Sounds like a Broadway blast to me.
It’s going to be a great opportunity for fans to come together in person (instead of in a chat room – imagine that, actual offline communication) and share their love of all things Broadway.
And it’s going to be a great opportunity for shows to market to those fans, because they’ll be in one specific place.
That’s a win squared.
The tickets are a bit pricey, but maybe that’s because the programming hasn’t been announced yet so it’s hard to assign it a value. And I do wish the tickets were actually on sale when they announced (side bar: whenever I’m doing a show, I never announce until I can sell a ticket – because your announcement press break is usually your biggest publicity hit before you open, so you want to take advantage of it). That said, I was correct in predicting that there would be a BroadwayCon someday. And now I’m predicting that BroadwayCon is going to be a big hit.
I know I’ll be there. And in fact, oh organizers, I’ll raise my hand right now and say I’d be happy to be on a panel, or even just work the popcorn machine, if you’ll have me.
Because BroadwayCon sounds like the place to be.
See you there!
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