In the aftermath a weekend full of non-stop Instagram posts, Snapchat stories, and hundreds of tweets, I’m going to try to do the impossible – create a guide to help you to survive BroadwayCon when you can’t make it.
Whatever the reason, not being able to be at BroadwayCon for even a few hours is absolutely crushing to a die-hard theatre fan. The second annual three-day convention for theatre lovers just concluded on Sunday, and I bet your social media feeds are still flooded with pictures and videos of anything from panels to amazing cosplays posted by those lucky enough to actually be there in person. So, what can be done to alleviate the extreme fear-of-missing-out you get when you scroll through all your social media? In all honesty, none of these methods will come close to actually experiencing BroadwayCon yourself, but hopefully they will raise your spirits.
Get caught up
This first one may seem counter intuitive, but if you’re really bummed out about not being able to see a certain panel or actor live, check around the BroadwayCon social media and on YouTube to try and find a complete recording of what you’re looking for. Plus, scrolling through the official social media can help you get a better handle on everything that happened at BroadwayCon. Despite not being there physically, you can still stay up to date!
One of the many joys of BroadwayCon is being around other like-minded people, from rambling on and on about Dear Evan Hansen, to meeting fellow Hamilton fans at the sing-along. If you truly want to replicate that feeling, invite some of your theatre loving friends over! You can see a show, sing along to your favorite cast albums or watch your favorite movie musicals. Hit up the online Playbill Store to snag some awesome Broadway merch. Or just see La La Land again. The best part about this is one is that there’s no set schedule to follow, and no crowds! You can decide whatever Broadway-related activities you want to participate in, at any time you want. If your friends aren’t available, worry not! You can still do all of these things by yourself. Dance like nobody’s watching.
If you live a long ways away from NYC, there are some cost friendly alternatives to BroadwayCon. Many states have a theatre festival for high school students, as well as student rush tickets at theatres in large cities. Some places, including Chicago, have an entire week dedicated to local theatre. Or perhaps reading is more your thing? Head to your local bookstore and look around their drama section! From Shakespeare to librettos, songbooks, and good old monologue books, you’re sure to find something.
There’s always next year
When the feeling of missing out on an event as huge for the theatre community is just too great, it’s time to start looking into to next year’s BroadwayCon. If it’s a goal of yours to make the pilgrimage in 2018, start saving up now and keep an eye out in the coming months for announcements on panels and guests so you can plan ahead to make your BroadwayCon experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.
This year’s BroadwayCon fell during a time of unprecedented amount of political strife in our country. During times like this, it’s important to be able to escape all that – even for just a little while – no matter where you live. The theatre community has always been a place of light and hope for everyone and anyone who wishes to be apart of it. BroadwayCon reminds us all that we’re not alone – even if you couldn’t be there yourself to see it. If you feel like you missed out this year, I hope some of these solutions helped you out. But of course, next year’s BroadwayCon awaits…