Musical Con has released its full schedule ahead of the fan convention at the ExCel in London on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2022.
Now sold-out, the event promises to bring together 10,000 musical theatre fans and enthusiasts.
Main Stage highlights include Show Spotlights, such as & Juliet ‘Making A New Musical’ with cast and creatives including Miriam Teak Lee and Tom Francis, & Juliet announced yesterday that it is to close at the Shaftesbury Theatre in March 2023.
Also, Back To The Future with Bob Gale, the writer of the original film and musical and cast members Roger Bart and Ben Joyce; Heathers The Musical with the cast and producer Paul Taylor Mills; Get Up! Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical on bringing Bob Marley’s music to the stage and ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Cameron Macintosh’ with cast and creatives from Les Misérables, Hamilton, The Phantom Of The Opera and Mary Poppins.
On the Backstage Theatre, fans will see a Disney puppetry demonstration and talk with Gary Jordan, Zazu from Disney’s The Lion King and Mikayla Jade, Sven from Frozen The Musical; a talk on bringing Everybody’s Talking About Jamie from stage to screen with the musical’s theatre and film director Jonathan Butterell; and ‘Writing a Hit Musical’ with the writer of SIX The Musical Toby Marlow. Other Backstage Theatre talks and panels include costume with ‘Behind The Seams’, choreography with ‘Moving A Musical’, ‘Vocal Health’ with the West End’s leading vocal team, ‘Destigmatising Mental Health on the West End’, ‘Why Representation Matters In All Area of Theatre’, ‘The Alternate and Swing Superstars of the West End’, ‘Black Lives Matter West End’ and ‘LGBTQIA+ On The West End’, all with cast and creatives from West End shows.
There are also a number of Show Previews for a sneak peek of forthcoming musicals at various stages of their production, including Cinderella (Hope Mill Theatre) featuring Grace Mouat; new musical Super You featuring Aimie Atkinson; and Footballers Wives featuring Alice Fearn, star of Come From Away.
Special Performances with Q&As include ‘Sondheim and Me’ with Jenna Russell and new music from musical theatre supergroup SVN; as well as opening and closing ceremonies featuring Musical Con Ambassadors Alice Fearn, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Aimie Atkinson, Ben Forster, Shanay Holmes and Layton Williams. A gameshow event called Show Off sees previous cast members of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie go head-to-head with Legally Blonde, and an exciting cast reunion of In The Heights.
Pre-booked premium activities, many of which have already sold out, include Stage Door Experiences, which give fans an opportunity to get an autograph or professional photo with over 20 different stage faves including Adam Garcia, Hannah Lowther and Cassidy Janson, and 30 workshops and masterclasses all taught exclusively by West End stars and creatives.
There is also fan-orientated content, with attendees entering competitions including Cosplay, Lip Sync Battle, and Star Of Musical Con, with the finalists battling it out on the Main Stage. There are Fan Meets for Hamilfans, The Queendom, Corn Nuts, Phans & Rentheads.
A Theatreland area in the exhibition hall will feature exhibitors from across the musical theatre community, from fan art and merchandise stalls, schools and colleges, to West End shows including Frozen, The Lion King, Back To the Future, &Juliet and Moulin Rouge The Musical.
Musical Con is produced by Chris Steward and Shanay Holmes for West End Musical Productions, is supported by the Society Of London Theatre and sponsored by Official London Theatre and Stagecoach.