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BroadwayCon's must-see panels, performances and more

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'

   A panel considers how the 1998 musical adaptation of
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

Lips are sealed about details, but not tight
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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

Whoopi Goldberg (the voice of Shenzi the Hyena in
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'

The creators and an as-yet unannounced collection of
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'

 Many TV shows have embraced Broadway performers, but
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

From
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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

Raised on the Borscht Belt, catapulted into iconography
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'

Much of the creative team and some cast
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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'

The creative team, including author Chazz Palminteri, and
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'

Members of the new Broadway cast--including Javier Munoz
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.

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