90s Con is coming to CT in March – and it all started at a Spice Girls concert

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Topanga Lawrence, DJ Tanner, Matilda, Max Goof, Kim Possible and Sabrina the Teenage Witch all walk into a convention center in Hartford – oh and Nick Carter and Joey Fatone are there too.

But this extraordinary gathering is not a joke, it is the reality of 90s Con, an event that brings together some of the most famous faces in 90s film and TV entertainment under one roof.

The scam unites some and actors and bands who haven’t been together in decades and others who have never come together publicly at all.

For example, 90s Con will feature the first full cast reunion of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” with all five main cast members appearing, and the first in-person reunion for the cast of “Hocus Pocus.” Jason Marsden, who voiced Thackery Binx, Hocus Pocus’ black cat, told Us Weekly that the scam will be his first time meeting some of his fellow cast members.

90s Con is coming to Hartford March 11-13.

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Other cast reunions include “Full House”, “Family Matters”, “Boy Meets World”, “Charmed”, “Kenan & Kel”, and “The All New Mickey Mouse Club”. The con will also include members of N’sync, TLC and The Backstreet Boys.

It all started when four women met at a Spice Girls concert in 2007. From the friendship between these four women, It’s 4 Entertainment was born. The company began by bringing together “Con de Noël”, a convention aimed at bringing together panels and stars from famous Hallmark, Lifetime and blockbuster Christmas movies. Now the company is working on 90s Con, which will take place in Hartford from March 11-13. Tickets range from $35 (or less for children) to $250; photo shoots can be added for around $70-200 extra.

Christina Figliolia is one of the co-founders of That’s 4 Entertainment. When she and her other co-founders sat down to decide what they wanted to do after Christmas Con, they considered metrics and business trends, but ultimately decided to follow their instincts on their next big thing. .

That's 4 Entertainment was founded after four women met at a Spice Girls concert in 2007. Today, the company is hosting the first-ever 90s Con in Hartford.

That’s 4 Entertainment was founded after four women met at a Spice Girls concert in 2007. Today, the company is hosting the first-ever 90s Con in Hartford.

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“We kind of put the rulebook aside with all of our shows and just say, ‘OK, we’re our market. What show do we want to see? Said Figliolia. “And that’s kind of the fun for us, all of these shows and all of these artists are people that we grew up watching. This is our dream show that we’re putting together.

Liliana Kligman, another co-founder of the company, said she was especially excited for a cast reunion that had never been done before: “Party of Five,” featuring Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf and Lacey Chabert.

“It’s gratifying to see them together for the first time, I think,” Kligman said. “I remember watching the show with my parents…So I think that’s my most ‘wow’ moment for the convention.”

Actress Beth Broderick and the cat Salem arrive for the 100th party of Episode for "Sabrina, the teenage witch" at the Sunset Room on October 23, 2000 in Hollywood, CA.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Online)

Actress Beth Broderick and the cat Salem arrive for the Espisode 100th Party for ‘Sabrina, The Teenage Witch’ at the Sunset Room October 23, 2000 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Online)

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It seems like there’s never been a better time for a ’90s Con, given that the decade resonates with multiple generations. Gen Xers and Millennials can soak up the nostalgia of their childhoods, and Gen Z ushered in a resurgence in ’90s fashion and entertainment that heavily influenced youth culture.

As to why ’90s culture is so popular with young people today, Kligman offered a simple answer.

“Because it was the best decade, that’s why,” she said. “I mean, even fashion, you know? You walk around New York City and every teenager is wearing 90s clothes and it’s like “yeah, that’s what we wore in the 90s”.

The convention also attracted a celebrity host from Connecticut, Disney Channel and Broadway star Christy Carlson Romano. She was the star of Disney Channel favorites like “Kim Possible,” “Even Stevens” and “Cadet Kelly” and starred in Broadway productions like “Beauty and the Beast” and “Avenue Q.”

Christy Carlson Romano in the short series

Christy Carlson Romano in the short “Bucket List Bistro” series.

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She’s also looking forward to seeing Gen Z folks at 90s Con.

” The coolest [kids] are going to come to 90s Con because they’re going to know they have to actually show up and know what they’re talking about,” Romano joked. “It would be really cool to see Gen-Z people there.”

Although Romano doesn’t consider herself a 90s star and most of her work is from the 2000s, she said she was thrilled with 90s Con as a fan of 90s shows and movies.

“When That’s 4 Entertainment came to me and asked me to host, I was just…excited and honored to come up because I’m such a big fan of everyone that comes,” Romano said.

This is her first time hosting an entire convention, but she’s hosted other panels and events, as well as her YouTube cooking show.

“The Return of Christy’s Kitchen” which features Disney Channel stars from the 90s and 2000s and is soon to have its own cookbook.

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell smiling in a scene from the movie

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell smiling in a scene from the film ‘Good Burger,’ 1997. Mitchell is a scheduled guest at 90s Con in Hartford, Connecticut in March 2022. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

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She said there was a lot of overlap between what she was doing on her cooking show and the atmosphere around 90s Con.

“The reason I originally decided to do cooking was because…food is comfort food,” Romano said. “Like everyone eating and having people in your kitchen talking to you about the past is very heartwarming. And I think that’s the kind of community that the 90s con will bring to Hartford as well.

Some of the guests have never attended a convention and for others it will be their first public appearance in years, according to That’s 4 Entertainment. Romano said his goal is to make these celebrity guests as comfortable as possible.

“The best part is that everyone in the audience is just there to hype (the actors) and love them, so it’s going to be all good vibes.”

His second goal? To properly name everyone.

“I want to try to keep the names as specific or as precise and well pronounced as possible. That’s probably my goal for my hosting,” Romano said with a laugh. “If I can do that and not fall and trip on stage. I would be pleased.”

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