How to Throw a Broadway-Themed Holiday Party

Holiday Coverage   How to Throw a Broadway-Themed Holiday Party
The Hamilton- and Dear Evan Hansen-inspired cocktail recipes, theatre-based snacks, and playlists you need for your seasonal soirée.
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Bryce Pinkham, Megan Lawrence and company Joan Marcus

’Tis the season for holiday parties. While everyone else decks the halls with holly, Playbill wants to encourage you to embrace your theatrical side. Inspired by current Broadway productions, we provide the recipes, pointers, and, of course, songs you need to throw a party your guests will never forget.

WE’LL DRINK TO THAT – Cocktail recipes

For those fans of age, sip a Broadway-themed beverage.

“Raise a Glass to Freedom,” inspired by Hamilton
Serves: 1
Glass: Pilsner
1 oz Orange Juice
2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
0.5 oz Combier Apricot Liqueur
Fill with pilsner or lager (preferably draft) and garnish with an orange.

“Picture Perfect Afternoon,” inspired by Dear Evan Hansen
Serves: 6
Glass: Mug
1 quart water
3 orange spice tea bags
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups light rum
8 cinnamon sticks
Pour water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep tea bags for five minutes. Remove tea bags, stir in sugar, apple cider, rum, and two cinnamon sticks. Ladle the cider into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD – Snack recipes

Cook up some burger bites and call them Krabby Patties from SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical. Set up a candy bar inspired by the world’s greatest chocolatier Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. For the most ambitious hosts, click the links below to cook the treats.

Waitress’ Sweet Cherry Pie

Dungeness Crab Croquettes by Hamilton’s Daniel Breaker

Sweeney Todd’s Turkey Squab Pie & Galette

THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC – Musical selections

Every other week, Playbill creates a new soundtrack of musical theatre tunes to suit your every mood. Naturally, we have Playbill Mixtapes to match any type of party you’re throwing. Looking for some light cocktail music? The “Thanksgiving Time” Mixtape is for you (see below). In need of tunes for a Broadway dance party? The “Pumped Up Broadway Workout,” “Broadway Workout Refreshed,” and “Pre-Prom Night” are best. Searching for a theatre take on holiday standards? Try “Holiday Cheer” (also below). Follow Playbill on Spotify for access to our catalog of Playbill Mixtapes.

Holiday Cheer

Thanksgiving Time

Or, try this Q-ule log loop from Off-Broadway’s Avenue Q:

AIN’T WE GOT FUN – Holiday games

Any party with theatre-loving guests will have a great time with some old-fashioned charades, but if you’re looking for organized activities, here are a couple ideas:

Be a Broadway Star Board Game

Be a Broadway Star Board Game

This board game made especially for theatre fans determines if you have what it takes to be a Broadway star. A good brain for theatre trivia is helpful, but a stellar performance of song and dance might help you come out on top! Free online expansion packs add cards related to recent Broadway shows like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, and Come From Away and make this a great option for any Broadway superfan.


Heads Up, Broadway
Download the Heads Up app on your phone and select the Broadway category. You’ll have a blast guessing the names of Broadway stars and the stage’s most famous musicals and plays.

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