Swell Parties: Where to Eat, Drink and Celebrate the 66th Annual Tony Awards

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31 May 2012

The countdown is on for the 66th Annual Tony Awards, which will take place June 10 at the Beacon Theatre. Neil Patrick Harris will again host the star-studded, music-filled event that will begin at 8 PM. Playbill.com offers a guide to festivities in New York and across the U.S. celebrating Broadway's biggest night.

NEW YORK CITY

The new posh nightlife and music venue 54 Below will offer a Tony Awards party beginning at 6 PM. Randy Rainbow will host the evening that includes trivia and Tony ballot prizes, including tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, cast albums and show merchandise. 54 Below has a cocktail and dining menu. There is no cover and a $20 minimum. Reservations are suggested. Visit 54Below.com.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre's annual Tony Party begins at 6 PM. The Beechman's big screen will show the Tony red carpet and the 8 PM awards ceremony. There's no cover, but reservations are suggested. There is a $15 food and beverage minimum. Visit BeechmanTheatre.

After last year's success, Midtown's Brickyard Gastropub will offer its second-annual Tony viewing party beginning at 7 PM. A dinner and bar menu will be available, in addition to food specials and $5 specialty cocktails. Phone (212) 767-0077 for reservations. Visit brickyardnyc.com.



Back Stage will host a 6 PM viewing party at Bounce Sporting Club. There is no cover, and food and drink will be available. A Tony prediction contest will also take place, with the winner receiving a year online subscription to BackStage.com. E-mail events@backstage.com to reserve a spot.

The Stonewall Inn will host its annual Tony viewing party beginning at 6 PM. Original Sweeney Todd star Sarah Rice will appear at the party, which will be hosted by Chocolatina and Lavinia Draper. The evening promises Broadway trivia, drink specials and performances during commercial breaks. Visit TheStonewallInnNYC.com.

Broadway Spectacular, a weekend-long package of shows and events for out-of-towners, will culminate in a Tony viewing party at Caroline's, with special commentary by Playbill's Seth Rudetsky. An after party at Rlounge will follow. To book this theatre-packed weekend, visit BroadwaySpectacular.com.

OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY

The Actors Fund will throw its 16th annual Tony party at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Scott Bakula will host the 3:30 PM event that will honor Tony winner Jason Alexander. The evening promises raffle prizes, theatre experiences and Broadway memorabilia. Phone (323) 933-9266, ext. 458 for tickets.

Actors' Equity, the recipient of a special Tony in recognition of its centennial year, is sponsoring Tony Award viewing parties in Los Angeles and San Diego on June 10. The L.A. event will take place at Rocco's Seventy 7 Lounge at 7 PM. The San Diego event will be held at the West Coast Tavern. An RSVP is required for San Diego. E-mail UNSDAEA@groups.facebook.com.

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.

Atlanta's Fox Theatre will host its third-annual Tony party in the Egyptian Ballroom. Funds raised will go to the Fox's educational endeavors. A VIP experience, $60 with premium cocktails and gift bag, begins at 6:30 PM. The doors open for general admission at 7:30 PM. Visit FoxTheatre.org.

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And don't forget, while you're out partying on June 10 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.