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BroadwayCon has been delayed to summer 2022 due to the Omicron variant surge in New York City, with the event now set to take place July 8 through 10.
“We want to ensure we’re able to put on the BroadwayCon you know and love with safety as a top priority,” Melissa Anelli, BroadwayCon co-founder and Mischief Management CEO, said in a statement Thursday. “We look forward to the opportunity to come together again this summer to honor the core of this event — the passionate community of Broadway fans, performers and creators.”
BroadwayCon 2022 will still be held at The Manhattan Center & The New Yorker Hotel. Tickets initially went on sale to the public at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 23. A presale for BroadwayCon 2020 and 2021 paid passholders began a day before, at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 22. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the July event.
The news of the annual theater fan convention came just a day after Broadway’s official reopening, which featured the return of five shows, including The Lion King and Chicago.
“After the last year and a half, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to come together to honor the passionate community of Broadway fans, performers, and creators,” BroadwayCon co-creator Anthony Rapp said in a statement. “Since 2016, BroadwayCon has served as a signature event supporting the theatre community and this year will be more important than ever as we welcome everyone home again.”
The original castmember of RENT and Star Trek: Discovery star is counted among the event’s initial slate of guests, as is Dear Evan Hansen and Disney’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actor Andrew Barth Feldman. Other confirmed guests include Carolee Carmello, Erin Quill, Fredi Walker-Browne, Ilana Levine, Jacqueline B. Arnold, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Judy Kuhn, Lesli Margherita, Nik Walker, Ryann Redmond and Thayne Jasperson, with additional guests slated to be announced at a later date.
Like previous years, the event is expected to feature panels, performances, interviews and meet-and-greets with major Broadway performers and creators, who discuss, debate and celebrate theater among themselves and with its die-hard fans.
Tickets for the event will range from $80 for a single-day pass to $1,250 for a limited-quantity premium-level Platinum Pass, with full ticket details available at BroadwayCon.com/tickets. The convention is currently expected to operate at or below 50 percent capacity, but the event may elect to release additional tickets at a later date.
The New York convention will also be adhering to the city’s COVID protocols, requiring all those in attendance, including, but not limited to, ticketed attendees, special guests, presenters, vendors, press and staff to be fully vaccinated by Feb. 18. Attendees must show proof of that vaccination upon arrival and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
Initially, those who were ineligible to receive the vaccine, such as those under 12 or medically unable to be vaccinated, would be required to wear a mask at all times. The policy has since changed, with the vaccine requirement extending to children 5 and olde and all attendees required to wear masks during programming sessions and strongly encouraged to wear them at all times.
“Any unvaccinated person, including children under the age of 5, is disallowed from attending BroadwayCon 2022,” BroadwayCon’s health and safety policy now states.
“As theaters around the world are beginning to turn their lights back on, we are excited to welcome the return of BroadwayCon 2022 as a place for fans, performers, artists and more to safely gather again in celebration of their shared love of theatre and performing arts,” says Anelli.
Initially founded in 2016, the massive theater lovers’ event has celebrated a number of notable and popular Broadway productions, including the casts of Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen. It’s also hosted reunions with the original casts of RENT and In the Heights. The fan convention has also included performances by Waitress‘ Sara Bareilles and Come From Away’s Jenn Colella, along with surprise appearances by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kristin Chenoweth.
This story was originally published Sept. 15, 2021, at 10:13 a.m.
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