BroadwayCon Panel to Feature the Music of Ahrens and Flaherty
Lynn Ahrens will chat with her two Broadway leading ladies from Once on This Island and Anastasia.
BroadwayCon 2018 has added a new panel to its lineup: Journey to the Island: A Celebration of Ahrens and Flaherty, featuring Once on This Island and Anastasia lyricist Lynn Ahrens, Anastasia star Christy Altomare, and Once on This Island star Hailey Kilgore. The panel will discuss the strong female characters that anchor both Anastasia and Once on This Island, and include performances by Altomare and Alex Newell (Asaka in Once on This Island).
The cast and creatives for two BroadwayCon Show Spotlights have also been announced. The SpongeBob SquarePants Show Spotlight will feature stars Ethan Slater (SpongeBob SquarePants), Gavin Lee (Squidward Tentacles), and Danny Skinner (Patrick Star), as well as Tina Landau (conceiver-director) and Tom Kitt (music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements), and will be moderated by Dave Quinn. The Band's Visit Show Spotlight will include cast members George Abud (Camal), Etai Benson (Papi), Jonathan Raviv (Sammy), and Sharone Sayegh (Anna).
Additional programming for this year's convention has also been announced: From Bakery to Broadway (Friday at 12pm) will feature a conversation with a cast member, prop master, and the baker behind the edible props of Waitress. Sunday Morning Church with Auntie Lesli (Sunday at 10am) will offer an inspirational "sermon" by Lesli Margherita, who will also take questions from attendees. Theater People Live Show! (Sunday at 12pm) will then be hosted by Patrick Hinds, who will lead conversations with Broadway guests.
BroadwayCon will be held from January 26-28 at the Jacob Javits Center.