Playbill is back for 2023's New York Comic Con with a series of panels no theatre fan will want to miss. This year's Con runs October 12-15 at the Javits Center in New York City. Attendees can expect a host of Broadway stars for this year's programming, which includes panels, autograph signings, and more.
The return of The Big Broadway Nerd Panel will kick off the weekend October 12 at 1:30 PM with Douglas Lyons (Chicken & Biscuits), Helen Park (KPOP), Hunter Bell ([title of show], Other World), and Jelani Remi (Back to the Future) on hand to discuss how fantasy, comic books, and sci-fi have inspired and engaged their stage work, personas, and personal lives. Playbill's Bryan Campione will host.
The 20th anniversary of Broadway's Wicked will be the subject at hand for an October 13 panel at 4:30 PM, with Elphaba standby Mary Kate Morrissey, costume designer Susan Hilferty, longtime production stage manager Marybeth Abel, and make-up artist Christa Kaimimoku-Wong giving an inside look at this audience favorite.
The Death Note: The Musical panel planned for October 14 at 10:30 AM has added cast members Joaquin Pedro Valdes and Dean John-Wilson, producers Yuzo Kajiyama and Jamie Chapman Dixon, and book writer Ivan Menchell to its roster, with producer Haley Swindal hosting. A late-night listening party of the recently announced studio concept album will follow at 9 PM, with Valdes and John-Wilson joining along with host Louis Hobson and special guest Ashley Loren (Moulin Rouge! The Musical).
The Broadway Bard Party will return October 15 at 10 AM, with audiences joining Broadway stars to play a D&D-style one-shot. This year's players will include Nik Walker (Spamalot), Peppermint (RuPaul's Drag Race, Head Over Heels), Philippe Arroyo (& Juliet), and Rebekah Greer Melocik (How to Dance in Ohio), with David Andrew Laws (The Twenty-Sided Tavern) serving as Gamemaster and Playbill's Jim Cairl hosting.
The Playbill Store will also return to New York Comic Con this year, located on the Show Floor. From Playbill cover cards to game cards, magnets, mystery bags, enamel pins, Parodybills, and more, stop by for a host of Broadway-inspired merchandise. We'll also be bringing some of Broadway, television, film, and comic's biggest stars to the Playbill Store Booth for a chance to meet, take photos, and get autographs.
Among those set for autograph sessions are Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters), Hunter Bell, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Lilli Cooper, Adam Pascal, Carolee Carmello, Zachary James, Sam Primack, Gerard Canonico, Tiffany Mann, and Elizabeth Teeter.