‘POTUS: Show Spotlight’ @ BroadwayCon NYC 2022 (7/9/22)

BroadwayCon NYC 2022 took place from July 8-10, 2022 in New York City at the Manhattan Center and the New Yorker Hotel. Presented by BroadwayCon and Mischief Management – BroadwayCon returns for its 6th ever convention.

I attended for my first year as press and I’m going to share with you some of my experiences at the panels I attended as well as some photos!

Thank you to BroadwayCon for allowing me a press badge to cover the event.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive is currently playing at the Shubert Theatre through Sunday, August 14th – so if you haven’t see this show yet, run over and see it ASAP, it’s not to be missed!

Taking Up Space on Broadway: Sit down with the company of POTUS to discuss the power of a women-driven, ensemble comedy on Broadway. Warning: laughs may occur.

The POTUS panel was moderated by Andrea Ambam and featured four women from the show: Lea Delaria, Rachel Dratch, Suzy Nakamura, and Julianne Hough. POTUS is a hilarious – I saw the show back in May and I’m so glad I did, there are so many good lines and these women are fierce!

There was a good sized crowd for POTUS in the large Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom and the audience was so enthusiastic about this panel and this show. I loved that they had a display board on stage with the number to text to register to vote if you aren’t yet registered.

I was so enthralled by what was being said, I forgot to take notes for half the panel but these are a few take aways I had from the panel.

POTUS is scripted so that the majority of women are women of color – which means if theres ever another production of it anywhere else, that is how the show needs to be cast, and personally I aboslutely love that! They said all 4 of the understudies on standby are women of color because there needs to be a minimum of 3 WOC on stage at any time. (And Suzy Nakamura said, “The Asian understudy isn’t even for my role!”) The cast also spoke about how this show has the potential to display such a range of diversity including non-binary or transgender which is something I’m always eager to see more of on Broadway – or any stage.

Continuing in that vein, Lea Delaria said how Broadway currently has the “date rape” show 8x a week (referring to The Music Man), but we also have shows like A Strange Loop (a Black, queer show), SIX (all women, many of whom are WOC) and POTUS on at the same time. She went on to say, “Who’s going to change that? You. The audience.” You have to go to shows that are important and that you want to see on Broadway. You have to let your voice be heard. -mic drop-

This was a powerful, inspiring panel for a powerful, inspiring show. I’m really glad I had the chance to see it on stage and if you can see it before it closes on August 14th, please do! You won’t regret it!


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