Swell Parties: Where to Eat, Drink and Celebrate the 67th Annual Tony Awards
By Adam Hetrick
Playbill.com offers a guide to festivities in New York and across the U.S. celebrating Broadway's biggest night, the 67th Annual Tony Awards on June 9.
NEW YORK AREA
Nightlife and music venue 54 Below will offer a Tony Awards party beginning at 7 PM. 54 Below has a cocktail and dining menu. There is no cover and a $30 minimum. Reservations are suggested; phone (646) 476-3551. Visit 54Below.com.
The Laurie Beechman Theatre's annual Tony Party begins at 7 PM. The Beechman's big screen will show the Tony red carpet coverage and the 8 PM awards ceremony. There's no cover, but reservations are suggested. There is a $15 food and beverage minimum. Visit BeechmanTheatre.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will throw a Tony viewing party at Lillie's Times Square (249 W. 49th Street). Dancers from Broadway Bares: United Strips of America will be on hand to offer raffle tickets for chances to win exciting and unique prizes. Broadway-themed cocktails and wine will be available. Tickets are $100. Visit broadwaycares.org/tonyawards.
Fire Island's The Grove Hotel & Ice Palace Nightclub will host a Tony Awards viewing party at 7:30 PM. Brandon Cutrell hosts with Joshua Stephen Kartes at the piano. Musical guests including Michelle Dowdy, Miss Fire Island Renee Flaming, Matthew George, Bruce-Michael Gilbert, Kenny Holcomb, Rosemary Palladino, Brian Roland, Shua Potter and downtown diva Tori Scott will perform.
Midtown's Brickyard Gastropub will offer its third-annual Tony viewing party beginning at 8 PM. A dinner and bar menu will be available, in addition to food specials and Tony Awards-themed cocktails. Phone (212) 767-0077 for reservations. Visit brickyardnyc.com.
The Stonewall Inn will host its annual Tony viewing party beginning at 7 PM. Chocolatina and Lavinia Draper host the event. The evening promises Broadway trivia, drink specials and performances during commercial breaks. A portion of the proceeds will go to Angels of Animals. Visit TheStonewallInnNYC.com.
The American Bard Theatre Company will host a Tony Awards viewing party at Characters Bar and Grill (243 West 54th Street) beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Click here for tickets.
The Tony Awards will also be simulcast live to Times Square on Clear Channel's SpectacolorHD screen beginning at 6 PM ET. Special guests from Broadway are expected, including the cast of Rock of Ages. The annual event will be hosted by current Chicago star Christine Pedi. Full audio and seating will be available starting at 6 PM in Duffy Square.
OUTSIDE NEW YORK
Tommy Tune will host The Actors Fund's 17th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party, which will be held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Los Angeles. The event begins at 3:30 PM with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and the live Tony broadcast at 5 PM. The evening will also feature the presentation of the Artistic Achievement Award to several Broadway stars from the first Tony Awards to the present. This year's honorees are Nancy Dussault, June Lockhart, Millicent Martin, Charlotte Rae, Cathy Rigby and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Phone (323) 933-9266, ext. 458 for tickets.
The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, which gave life to A Christmas Story, The Musical, will host a Tony viewing party on the Spencer Theatre stage beginning at 6:30 PM. The free event will feature a cash bar, prizes, Tony trivia and surprise special guests.
Actors' Equity is sponsoring a Tony Award viewing party in Culver City on Tony day. The event will take place at Rocco's Seventy 7 Lounge at 7 PM. To RSVP e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 4th annual New Orleans Actors' Equity Tony Party will take place at the National WW2 Museum's Stage Door Canteen at 6 PM. Limited reservations for dinner at $40 including entree, drink and dessert are available. There's also a silent auction and door prizes. Phone (504) 528-1944 ext 287 for reservations.
North Carolina's Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, in downtown Charlotte, is offering its 8th annual free Tony screening at the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square at 7 PM. Visit NCBPAC.
Portland Center for the Performing Arts will host a free 7 PM Tony viewing party in the rotunda of Antoinette Hatfield Hall. A Tony Awards trivia contest, prizes and other giveaways will be offered. The Artbar & Bistro will also be open for the evening.
San Diego Actors' Equity will throw a Tony Awards viewing party at Uptown Tavern beginning at 7 PM. Admission is free for AEA members and there will be happy hour cocktail prices until 8:30 PM. $5 Tony Award cocktails will be available along with a full dining menu.
E-mail AHetrick@Playbill.com to have your Tony-night festivities added to our list.
While you're out partying on June 9 you can still catch up with Playbill.com on your mobile device. We will have live-blogging, videos, tweeting, multimedia, photos from the red carpet and reactions of the winners all night long.
Don't forget, if you're planning to stay in on Tony Awards night, Playbill.com has you covered. Check out our tips for throwing your own Tony Awards party and our one-of-a-kind list of cocktails dedicated to the nominated shows. You can also download your printable Tony Awards ballot here.
(Adam Hetrick is the editor in chief of Playbill.com. His work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com, as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter @PlaybillAdamH.)
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