Entertainment BroadwayCon's must-see panels, performances and more By Linda Winer email@example.com Updated January 14, 2017 12:09 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The first-ever theater convention, BroadwayCon, survived -- and was even a hit -- despite the Snowzilla blizzard of 2016. No surprise, then, that a second BroadwayCon is happening. And it’s bigger, possibly even better and relocated in the massive Javits Center from Jan. 27-29. Here are 10 must-see events of the weekend; go to BroadwayCon.com for ticket info and more to help you plan your own path through more than 200 hours of workshops, panels, performances, Q&A’s, autographs and full-out no-shame-at-all fandom. 'Ragtime' Photo Credit: Catherine Ashmore A panel considers how the 1998 musical adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s ultimate American immigrant novel affected generations of artists; 10 a.m Friday, Jan. 27. Pictured: Brian Stokes Mitchell, center, and the cast of "Ragtime." Opening ceremony Photo Credit: Chad Batka Lips are sealed about details, but not tight enough to keep such temptations as Josh Groban, pictured, and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812” from slipping out; 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Whoopi Goldberg's interview with Julie Taymor Photo Credit: Disney Theatrical Group/Joan Marcus Whoopi Goldberg (the voice of Shenzi the Hyena in the animated film) interviews visionary "Lion King" creator Julie Taymor about the show that opened 20 years ago on Broadway; 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Pictured: Nathaniel Stampley, left, Tshidi Manye and Jean Michelle Grier. 'Annie' Photo Credit: Charles Strouse The creators and an as-yet-unannounced collection of original performers come together to remember a time when a little orphaned redhead made the country feel better about “Tomorrow"; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Pictured: Andrea McArdle, Sandy and Reid Sheltom. 'Madam Secretary' Photo Credit: CBS/Sarah Shatz Many TV shows have embraced Broadway performers, but this CBS drama has been a big hug for such theater favorites as Patina Miller, left, and Bebe Neuwirth, along with Tim Daly, Zeljko Ivanik and Keith Carridiner. Look for them and more at this discussion about the transition from stage to Hollywood. Anthony Rapp, convention co-chair and star of the original “Rent” moderates; 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Q&A with Chita Rivera Photo Credit: Laura Marie Duncan From “West Side Story” to the original “Chicago” to “The Visit,” the ultimate Broadway trouper shares insights from her amazing career; 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Q&A with Joel Grey Photo Credit: Invision/Evan Agostini Raised on the Borscht Belt, catapulted into iconography in “Cabaret” and a stand-out in the recent “Cherry Orchard," Joel Grey defines Broadway royalty; 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. 'Dear Evan Hansen' Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy Much of the creative team and some cast members discuss the trials and triumphs of Broadway's newest smash, a serious musical about a socially isolated teen who, by fluke, becomes a social media star; 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Pictured Ben Platt. 'A Bronx Tale' Photo Credit: Joan Marcus The creative team, including author Chazz Palminteri, and members of the cast talk about the latest incarnation of his semi-autobiographical story about coming of age -- with mobsters and segregation -- in the Bronx. First a solo play, then a movie, the musical is co-directed by Robert De Niro; noon Sunday, Jan. 29. 'Hamilton' Photo Credit: Invision/Donald Traill Members of the new Broadway cast -- including Javier Munoz, pictured -- and the Chicago cast talk about the continuity, pressure and chances for innovation in succeeding the original members of the game-changing musical hit, 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. By Linda Winer firstname.lastname@example.org Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic BroadwayCon stage set with actors, panels, more No matter how anxious you might be about the weekend weather forecast — flights south, ski trips, seasonal affective disorder ... Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.