Welcome to part 2 of my BroadwayCon trip recap! If you missed part one, find it here.
We were up and at ’em early once again Saturday morning for day 2 of BroadwayCon festivities. After grabbing our quickie Pret a Manger breakfasts, we walked to the Javits Center so Sarah could make her 10 am autograph appointment with Anthony Rapp of RENT fame. He’s also the co-founder of BroadwayCon, which I didn’t know at the time!
While Sarah was doing her thing, I decided to just wander the Marketplace a bit and relax, as there weren’t any panels during the 10 am time slot that interested me. When Sarah was done, we headed over to the Mainstage area for the Dear Evan Hansen show spotlight. The panel was made up of Steven Levenson, the book writer, Noah Galvin, and Taylor Trensch, who respectively were just finishing up and just coming into the role of Evan. It was interesting to hear more about the show, but I found Noah Galvin to just be really off-putting for some reason. Oh well.
We once again grabbed a quick lunch in the cafeteria and then headed to Playing Theatre History. This was such a great, nerdy panel. The panelists were all women, and there were so many excellent topics of discussion I can’t remember them all. My favorite part, though, was one of the panelists relating a story about how she went in for an audition, and she was so nervous, but right before it was her turn, the casting director came out and said they’d cast the part and wouldn’t be seeing anymore auditioners. Suddenly, she was furious that she had spent all this time preparing and hadn’t been able to audition, and she said that completely flipped the audition narrative for her. Rather than being nervous, from that day on, her attitude was that those 10 minutes were HERS, and the casting directors damn well better listen up and pay attention to her. It was just such a refreshing take on something that can be so emotionally fraught.
At 2, we headed back to the Mainstage for Theater People Live Featuring Laura Benanti. Theater People is one of my very favorite podcasts, and the host is just such a delightful gay theatre fanboy it’s so much fun! Laura Benanti is unbelievably funny–she has a super quick wit. She’s also a social justice warrior who isn’t afraid to say what’s on her mind, and a badass working mom. The hour flew by and was a total blast.
We decided to continue the podcast love and went to the Broadwaysted Live show featuring Sierra Boggess. Broadwaysted is my other favorite podcast. It’s similar in nature to Theater People in that they interview Broadway folks, but they do it while drinking and playing drinking games. Too much fun!
Our last two stops of the day were the Mainstage Singalong, which was pretty short but absolutely adorable, and The Band’s Visit show spotlight. Neither Sarah nor I knew anything about The Band’s visit, but the short clips of music we heard, plus the lovely interviews with the cast, made us both want to know more. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to score tickets while we were in the city, but it’s on my list of cast recordings to purchase soon.
At this point we were starving, so we set off in search of dinner. We ended up at Beer Authority, a pub about halfway between the Javits Center and our hotel room. I was feeling some pregnant lady eating guilt (so much processed/fast food happened!), so I had a big fat chicken Caesar salad… AND a side of fries. #balance
Food coma in full force, we headed back to the hotel to rest up for a few hours. We were meeting some other VT friends for a midnight show at the Comedy Cellar, so quiet time was in order. We left our room at about 10:30 to meet Megan, Ian, Sean, Faith, Don, and Serena at the hotel bar where Megan and Ian were staying. After a round of drinks and chats, we hopped on the subway for a quick ride.
The Comedy Cellar is just that: a basement where there are comedy shows. It’s apparently the place where Jerry Seinfeld and lots of other famous comedians have started out. They have an incredibly strict no photos policy (if they catch you taking photos during a show they throw your entire table out!), so I didn’t take any pictures, but the show was fantastic. As always, the night was heavy on male comics, but it was still well worth the trip. And I was proud that I was able to drag my pregnant behind out for some late-night city fun! We shared a cab with Ian and Megan since their hotel was just down the block from us, and we made it into bed just before 3 am. Oof!
And that concludes part 2 of the NYC trip recap. I had hoped to cram Saturday and Sunday into one post, but this has already gotten a little long, so stay tuned for the final installment soon!