Starry Eyed: Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Bill Nighy and other celebs appear at The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference

The historic Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League's Spring Road Conference is being held this week.
The historic Hudson Theatre, where The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference is being held this week.
Helen Mirren was a special guest yesterday at the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference in New York.
Helen Mirren was a special guest yesterday at the Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference in New York.
The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference kicked off its daytime sessions yesterday in royal style. We’re talking a visit from Queen Elizabeth II herself, Helen Mirren.

“You always remember a theater performance,” said Mirren, who currently plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Broadway play The Audience “Even if it’s terrible.”

Finding Neverland's cast and creative team.
Finding Neverland’s cast and creative team.
Mirren was just one of many celebrity guest speakers yesterday at the annual Broadway conference. She was followed by the fantastic four from Finding Neverland, a musical tracing the origins of the Peter Pan story. Famed Broadway producer Harvey Weinstein, popular dance choreographer Mia Michaels and actors Laura Michele Kelly, who originated the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Matthew Morrison, best known for his role on Glee, all took the stage for a lively fireside chat.

They weren’t the only ones to receive standing O’s. Grammy and Tony-winner Lin-Manual Miranda brought down the house with his fiery and funny talk about his new show, Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the life of Andrew Hamilton.

Cast members of Skylight.
Cast members of Skylight.
Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard and Bill Nighy were among the cast and creatives who took part in a discussion of their current play Skylight, which is up for seven play-related Tony Awards, including Best Revival, Best Actress for Mulligan and Best Actor for Nighy.

At lunch, we were treated to a special performance from the cast of the hysterical Something Rotten!, a musical comedy up for 10 Tony Awards.

Finally, two of our own graced the stage of the Hudson Theatre, where the conference is taking place. Performing Arts Fort Worth President & CEO Dione Kennedy moderated an energetic panel about patron loyalty programs.

And big congratulations are in order for Dallas Summer Musicals Marketing Director Paulette Hopkins, who was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing during the conference’s annual awards ceremony. Holly Reeves, a longtime DSM board member and fundraiser, received a Star of Touring Broadway Award. Congrats, DSM!

We saw several shows last night and we’ll share our thoughts on them in tomorrow’s blog post!

2 thoughts on “Starry Eyed: Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Bill Nighy and other celebs appear at The Broadway League’s Spring Road Conference

  1. Congratulations to Paulette Hopkins on winning the Outstanding Achievement in Road Marketing award. Also, how exciting to be graced with the company of Helen Mirren and all of the other talented celebrity guest speakers! Thank you so much for sharing the highlights of your trip with your patrons. It has been fun to read your tweets 🙂

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