Playbill at New York Comic Con | Playbill


Thursday October 12 – Sunday October 15, 2023

For the third year in a row, Playbill and New York Comic Con are thrilled to partner on exhilarating panels, surprise Broadway/TV-guest pop-ins, and an exciting comic-centric Pop-Up Playbill Store. With top-stage and screen celebrities, surprise appearances, and custom merchandise only available through the Playbill Store, this year promises to be a dynamic and exciting celebration merging theatre, television/film, and comics.

Playbill Goes To Comic Con is sponsored by DEATH NOTE: The Musical.

Playbill Goes To Comic Con is also sponsored in part by the new Hunter Bell Musical
Other World, with additional support from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JaJa's African Hair Braiding, Poor Yella Rednecks, Six, The Shark is Broken, Harry Potter the Exhibition, and New York Philharmonic presents: Marvel Studios' Black Panther In Concert.

The Big Broadway Nerd Panel
Playbill presents The Big Broadway Nerd Panel
(Thursday, October 12, 2023 – 1:30PM – Room 408)
Theatre is filled with passionate artists creating stunning new works, and many of those artists are giant nerds! Playbill returns to New York Comic Con in 2023 with even MORE of Broadway’s Biggest Nerds to share how fantasy, comic-books, and science fiction have had in inspiring and engaging their performances, personas, and personal lives.

Panelists include:
Douglas Lyons
Helen Park
(Composer, KPOP)
Hunter Bell
(Writer, Other World & Rogers: The Musical)
Nathaniel Hackmann
(Back To The Future: The Musical)
Bob Martin
(Writer, Boop! The Betty Boop Musical)
Bryan Campione
(Host & Creative Director, Playbill)
Back to the Future: The Musical Playbill Cover
Playbill presents Back To The Future on Broadway Panel
(Friday, October 13, 2023 – 12:00PM – Room 405)
Great Scott! Back to the Future is now on Broadway! Come meet the stars of Back to the Future: The Musical and learn how the cult classic film was adapted for the Broadway stage! Prepare for the most future-tastic panel at New York Comic Con!

Panelists include:
Casey Likes
(“Marty McFly”)
Hugh Coles
(“George McFly”)
Liana Hunt
(“Lorraine Baines”)
Jelani Remy
(“Goldie Wilson/Marvin Berry”)
Nathaniel Hackmann
(“Biff Tannen”)
Merritt David Janes
(“Principal Strickland”)
Elliot Hansen
Playbill presents “Defying Gravity: WICKED’s Enduring Legacy” Panel
(Friday, October 13, 2023 – 4:30PM – Room 408)
WICKED celebrates 20 years on Broadway at Comic Con 2023. Featuring special appearances and thrillifying surprises, this panel gives audiences an inside look at the magic behind Broadway’s most popular musical.

Panelists include:
Mary Kate Morrissey
(“Elphaba” Standby)
Susan Hilferty
(Tony Award Winning Costume Designer)
Marybeth Abel
(Production Stage Manager)
Christa Kaimimoku-Wong
(WICKED Make-Up Artist)
Quincy Brown
Kevin Bianchi
Death Note: The Musical
Playbill presents DEATH NOTE: THE MUSICAL Panel
(Saturday, October 14, 2023 – 10:30AM – Room 409)
Following acclaimed productions in Japan and Korea and after two star-studded sold-out concert engagements in London, DEATH NOTE: The Musical is coming to New York Comic Con! Playbill will present a panel about the show featuring stars from the recent London concert and offer a sneak peek into the developing production. Based on the best-selling Japanese manga series (60 million copies worldwide) of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata/Shueisha, this groundbreaking musical (Winner Best Musical, Korea Musical Awards) has a score by Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Bonnie & Clyde) with lyrics by Jack Murphy, book by Ivan Menchell, and orchestrations and arrangements by Jason Howland.

Panelists include:
Adam Pascal
Joaquin Pedro Valdes
Dean John-Wilson
Yuzo Kajiyama
(HoriPro & Original Japanese Producer)
Ivan Menchell
(Book Writer)
Jamie Chapman Dixon
(London Concert Producer)
Haley Swindal
The Broadway Bard Party
Playbill presents The Broadway Bard Party
(Sunday, October 15, 2023 – 10:00AM – Room 406.2)
Returning to New York Comic Con with an all-new quest in 2023, audiences will join Broadway stars as they inhabit characters, overcome conflicts, achieve exciting objectives… then go and perform their eight shows a week. As the cast plays a D&D-style one-shot, audiences will watch, journey, and laugh as the panel solves problems, entertains, and maybe even gets the “roll of their lives!”

Panelists include:
David Andrew Greener Laws
(The Twenty-Sided Tavern)
Nik Walker
(Head Over Heels)
Philippe Arroyo
(& Juliet)
Rebekah Greer Melocik
(Writer, How To Dance In Ohio)

DEATH NOTE: The Musical / London Concept Album
(Saturday, October 14, 2023 – 9:00PM – Room 409)
Join West End stars of DEATH NOTE: The Musical, Joaquin Pedro Valdes (“Light”) and Dean John-Wilson (“L”) in a first peek at the Ghostlight Records’ upcoming London Concept Album. This exciting event, hosted by Louis Hobson, promises to thrill anime and musical fans alike, with special performances, special guest Ashley Loren, and exclusive content from the critically acclaimed London premier. Win free merch with DEATH NOTE trivia throughout the evening and come dressed as your favorite character for a chance to win a special prize! Notetakers, get ready for an epic night!

Participants include:
Joaquin Pedro Valdes
Dean John-Wilson
Ashley Loren
(Special Guest)
Louis Hobson
Are you a Broadway fan? Do we have news for you! Throughout the weekend, Playbill will be bringing some of Broadway, television, film and comic’s biggest stars to the Playbill Store Booth for your chance to meet, photos and signatures!
Thursday October 12, 2023 10:30AM - 12:00PM: Poor Yella Rednecks - Qui Nguyen (Writer) 2:30PM - 4:00PM: Other World - Hunter Bell (Book) and Dakota McFadzean (Comic Artist) 4:30PM - 6:00PM – I Put a Spell on You and SuperYou - Jay Armstrong Johnson (Winifred Sanderson) and Lourds Lane (Book, Music & Lyrics)
Friday October 13, 2023 10:30AM - 12:00PM: Other World - Hunter Bell (Book) and Dakota McFadzean (Comic Artist) 12:30PM - 2:00PM: Wasp Woman - Sean Young (Susan Cabot) 2:30PM - 4:00PM: Mary Kate Morrissey (“Elphaba” Standby) 4:00PM - 5:00PM: Casey Likes (“Marty McFly”) and Hugh Coles (“George McFly”)
Saturday October 14, 2023 10:30AM - 12:00PM: Other World - Hunter Bell (Book) and Dakota McFadzean (Comic Artist) 1:00PM - 2:30PM: Death Note - Adam Pascal (Ryuk) and Ivan Menchell (Book) 4:00PM - 5:30PM: Death Note - Joaquin Pedro Valdes (Light), Dean John-Wilson (L), and Ivan Menchell (Book Writer)
Sunday October 15, 2023 10:30AM - 12:00PM: The Addams Family - Zachary James (Lurch), Carolee Carmello (Alice Beineke), and Sam Primack (Pugsly Adams - National Tour) 12:30PM - 2:00PM: Be More Chill - Gerard Canonico (Rich) and Tiffany Mann (Jenna) 2:30PM - 4:00PM: Beetlejuice - Elizabeth Teeter (Lydia Deetz)
Plus: Hunter Bell and Dakota McFadzean from OTHER WORLD throughout the day.
*Panelists and photo/signing participants subject to change. Pricing for artist photographs and signings subject to pricing per the artist. Please note, all payments will be taken digitally only. A limited number of available signings and photographs are available on a first-come, first serve-basis, pending the artists time availabilities and the Playbill Store staff allowances. Queuing for your opportunity does not confirm availability. Artists, schedules, and rates subject to change.
Located on the Show Floor, the Playbill Store returns to New York Comic Con in 2023! An exciting one-stop-shop, the store will have Broadway-inspired merchandise from Playbill cover cards to game cards, magnets to mystery bags, enamel pins, Parodybill’s and more.
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Feeling the need for a quick breather? Join us at the official How to Dance in Ohio quiet space to rest and relax during your Comic Con experience.

We've got comfy bean bags, sensory fidgets, a spot to “find your zen”, and even a chance to dive deeper into the music from the Broadway musical, which tells the story of a group of autistic young adults as they prepare for their first formal dance – a challenge that breaks open their routines and fuels their courage to connect (you might even be able to snag a discount offer for tickets for previews beginning November 15!). Just a friendly reminder: this place is all about chilling out, not socializing.

For guidance on finding the NYCC Quiet Room, drop by the Playbill booth and they'll point you in the right direction.
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