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    The 8 Best Things I Saw At The First-Ever Broadway Fan Convention

    BroadwayCon is Comic Con for Broadway lovers. It was basically musical theater nerd heaven in the middle of this past weekend's blizzard in New York.

    1. The cosplay.

    2. The Smash fan meetup.

    3. The BroadwayCon opening.

    4. The Hamilton panel.

    5. Patti LuPone on speakerphone.

    Thanks to Jonas, I didn't actually make it to BroadwayCon Saturday, which is a bummer because I missed a ton of panels I wanted to attend. (Your Fave Is Problematic, a panel about Broadway shows with archaic ideas about gender and race, is so my scene.) But I did follow along on Twitter and Instagram, and I was delighted by how this baby convention managed to adapt to some seriously crappy conditions. Several scheduled attendees weren't able to make it in, so panels got pushed around and performances were modified. At one point, a whole host of Broadway luminaries ended up on speakerphone. And of course, Patti LuPone gave the best performance of the night, from the comfort of her Connecticut home. I'm not sure Patti would have attended BroadwayCon regardless of weather, so this was an amazing compromise.

    6. The BroadwayCon Cabaret.

    7. Obsessed! Live: Disaster! Edition.

    We're on the main stage @bwaycon this morning telling stories, singing, and chatting all about @disastermusical.

    I listen to an embarrassing amount of Sirius XM's On Broadway station, which means that Seth Rudetsky's voice is in my ear more often than not. And yet, I never turn down the opportunity to see Rudetsky live, especially when he has so many incredible talents on stage with him. On Sunday morning, after I hiked through my snow-covered neighborhood, I returned to BroadwayCon and caught Obsessed! Live, in which Rudetsky chatted with the cast of his new musical Disaster!, which he co-wrote with Jack Plotnick. And it was worth the trek to see Rudetsky and Faith Prince duet on "Suddenly Seymour," a clip of Max Crumm on You're the One That I Want, and Kerry Butler stepping into the audience to sing "Magic" from Xanadu. There were so many fun little tidbits about everyone's Broadway past — not to mention wonderful unexpected performances — that the panel was easily one of the weekend's highlights.

    8. Smashtrax.

    Joshua Safran, showrunner of Season 2 of Smash, offered insight into the series that inadvertently dominated much of BroadwayCon. Much of what he shared can't be repeated here, which is surely frustrating to those who couldn't make it, but there's something special about being in the room where it happens. BroadwayCon offered many of these experiences — you kind of had to be there. And it's like live theater in that way: Movie musicals and bootlegs, however high the quality, will never replicate the experience of attending a Broadway show. Smashtrax was one of my favorite panels all weekend, not only because I'm a die-hard Smash fan, but also because of how special and private it was. Safran has talked about the series before, but never like this. And if you regret missing out on that, there's always — fingers crossed — next year.