A Theatregoer’s Guide to Getting New Year’s Eve Right

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The best shows, parties, and festivities New York City has to offer.
Annaleigh Ashford ( Joseph Marzullo/WENN)


Feinstein’s/54 Below

Charles Busch Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Kick off the evening with Charles Busch’s New Year’s Eve Show at 7 PM. The Tony nominee and drag legend will be accompanied by longtime musical director Tom Judson and promises an eclectic program of songs, personal reminiscences, cabaret sketches, and signature storytelling. Tickets begin at $75. (54 Below, 254 West 54th St., Cellar, New York. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.)

Later in the evening, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford returns to the nightlife hotspot to ring in 2017 with an all-new concert show at 11 PM. With music director Will Van Dyke, the duo will reprise some of their Lost In The Stars favorites as well as debut new tunes to celebrate this past year. After midnight, the tables and chairs will be whisked away to make room for a dance floor. Packages start at $325, including a two-course dinner, dessert buffet, and open bar. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

The McKittrick Hotel
The McKittrick Hotel, which has a reputation for throwing one of the best New Year’s Eve parties around, celebrates with the return of its annual masquerade party. This year’s masked soiree is French-bohemian themed, and will begin at 10 PM immediately following that evening's performance of the ever-popular Sleep No More. The party features special theatrical and music performances, a decadent dinner, an open bar, and countless surprises. Tickets from $250. (The McKittrick Hotel, 542 West 27th Street, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Photo by Courtesy, Countdown Entertainment

Join the millions of tourists from around the world who pack into Times Square to watch the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball drop. Be prepared to arrive as early as 3 PM that day to secure a spot. The New York Police Department begins closing down access to Times Square starting at 43rd Street and Broadway, and moving north as revelers arrive. Click here for more information.

Several venues in the theatre district offer lively dinner and performance packages or special prix fixe menus. Check out the offerings at Don't Tell Mama, which is hosting a NYE gala and dinner complete with a full cabaret show; an evening with Marilyn Maye at Metropolitan Room; Chez Josephine; and Victor’s Cafe, which can be reached by calling (212) 586-7714.


Central Park Fireworks
If Times Square is proving too chaotic, why not wander up to Central Park and catch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks? Launched at midnight, they can be enjoyed from any spot inside the park, south of 72nd Street. Relax and enjoy the free show; click here for more information.

New York Philharmonic
Ring in 2017 at Lincoln Center with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Tony-winning baritone Paulo Szot join forces for an evening of American classics including favorites from The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Carousel, and more. The concert begins at 8 PM. Tickets from $105. (David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, on Broadway between West 62nd and West 65th streets, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Café Carlyle
Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who is performing at the Carlyle through the end of the month, hosts a special NYE concert at the famed uptown hotel. The Carlyle offers full accommodations, dinner, and entertainment packages. For more information contact the hotel directly at (212) 744-1600. (Carlyle, 35 West 76th Street, between Madison Ave. and Park Ave., New York.)


Joe's Pub

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Sandra Bernhard Bruce Glikas/Playbill

She’s back! Sandra Bernhard returns to Joe’s Pub with her brand-new live show: Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast. Bernhard takes you cross country on a journey to find the soul of America, with a soundtrack you might hear on an AM radio station in Oklahoma. If Bernhard’s previous NYE concerts are anything to go by, the evening is sure to offer plenty of laughs and fun to help kick off your 2017. Joe’s Pub presents two NYE shows: 9 PM and 11 PM. Tickets start at $150. (Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, Astor Place, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

The Slipper Room’s Lovefest
The Lower East Side’s Slipper Room says farewell to 2016 with a midnight toast and a wild lineup of performers from the worlds of burlesque, variety, magic, sideshow, and circus. Tickets from $50. (The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)


Dances of Vice’s Parisian Follies
Join nightlife regular Dances of Vice at Grand Prospect Hall as they pay tribute to the infamous cabaret halls of Paris this New Year’s Eve. The company, established in 2007, knows how to throw a party filled with fantasy and decadence. This year they take over the Brooklyn venue for a “Grande Spectacle” that will travel through Paris’ Golden Age, the 1890s Belle Époque, and the 1920s—from opera to vaudeville and Can-Can girls. Don’t forget to bring your joi de vivre! The festivities will kick off at 10 PM and last through 2 AM. Tickets from $80. (Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave., Brooklyn. For tickets and more information, click here.)

Prospect Park
The Brooklyn park celebrates its 150th anniversary with midnight fireworks, live music, and more. Click here for more information.


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