Month: January 2017

BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 3

By Stanford Friedman For the second year in a row, BroadwayCon coincided with a severe storm. But this time, instead of a blizzard, a fierce political wind raged through the city, with thousands taking to the streets in protest. At the Javitz Center, in keeping with theater tradition, the show went on. And what a show it was. Sunday morning brought out a dozen of the industry’s most talented artists. First, there were the choreographers. Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), Lorin Latarro (Waitress) and Spencer Liff (Falsettos, Spring Awakening) discussed their craft. After all three admitted that their...

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INTERVIEW with Andy Walmsley, production designer

British born Andy Walmsley designed the West End/Broadway musicals “Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story” and “Blood Brothers”. He created the set for the globally syndicated TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. His set design has been widely seen on “Pop Idol” and “American Idol” for which he won an Emmy, as well as on current TV shows “America’s Got Talent”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Here is our interview with Andy Walmsley.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 2

I arrived earlier than planned tho BroadwayCon on Saturday morning,so I snuck into the end of a discussion on cosplay because, really, how could one not? On the dais, a princess, a cat, and a Phantom of the Opera held forth. The audience was full of assorted Schuyler sisters, and various characters from Wicked. The conversation was a rather fascinating mix of gender politics and tips on buying fabric; surely it was the only outlet at BroadwayCon where Goodwill shops and transgenderism were simultaneously getting proper recognition for their merits.

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BroadwayCon 2017 – Day 1

Flocks of theater kids heading west, dressed as Matilda or The Little Mermaid or a Newsie can mean only one thing: BroadwayCon 2017 has arrived. After launching the convention last year, during a blizzard, in the comparatively intimate Hilton Midtown, this year the organizers have gone full throttle, relocating to the Javits Center and offering more than 200 hours of programming with nearly 500 “special guests” spread across three days.

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