Pop the Champagne: Where to Eat, Drink and Celebrate in Theatrical Style on New Year's Eve

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Playbill.com offers a guide to theatrical festivities in New York and across the U.S. celebrating New Year's Eve.


Phillipa Soo
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Nightlife and music venue 54 Below presents two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, giving two performances at 7 and 11 PM. The supper club offers a four-course menu and tickets include a champagne toast. Tickets are $300 for the 7 PM performance and $400 for the 11 PM performance. Visit 54Below.com.

Ring in 2014 in 19th century Russia at Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Held in the supper club Kazino, the celebration begins at 6:30 PM with a four-course Russian dinner. A performance of The Great Comet begins at 8 PM, followed by the New Year's Eve Party, which features a DJ, dancing and open bar until 2 AM.  A last-minute Full Experience package, (using code COMETNYES) is available for $249. Visit thegreatcometof1812.com for more information.

Punchdrunk's immersive, Macbeth-inspired experience Sleep No More offers a "King's Winter Masquerade" following the Dec. 31 New Year's Eve performance. The after-party, which begins at 10:30 PM, features a black-and-white dress code and promises "specially-created theatrical and music performances throughout several rooms of The McKittrick, as well as full open bar, live entertainment and Sleep No More-inspired surprises." Visit SleepNoMoreNYC.com for more information.

Queen of the Night, the immersive production loosely adapted from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute, begins performances New Year's Eve at the Diamond Horseshoe supper club beneath the Paramount Hotel. Combining circus, spectacle, dance, music, food and fashion, the production presents a "dark debutante ball thrown by The Marchesa for her daughter Pamina... Drinks will flow, dinner is served, and over the course of the gala, guests will be engaged, entertained and immersed in this genre-blurring initiation." Tickets and more information are available at queenofthenightnyc.com

Danny Burstein
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La Soiree, the vaudville-themed performance featuring cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety, offers a 9 PM show Dec. 31, followed by a post-performance party featuring a DJ, mystery guests and late-night performances. For more information, visit la-soiree.com.

Directed by Jeremy Sams, Die Fledermaus opens at the Metropolitan Opera Dec. 31. Featuring a revised libretto by Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane, Johann Strauss' opera is set in turn-of-the-century Vienna and stars Tony winner Paulo Szot and Tony nominee Danny Burstein. Following the performance, a black-tie dinner dance is held with the artists. Visit metoperafamily.org for more information.

Ars Nova rings in the new year and celebrates its 10th anniversary with Ars Nova 54: A New Year's Eve Spectacular, a party featuring two floors of live performances, disco beats and go-go dancers. Tickets are $150 and $300. Visit arsnovanyc.com for more information.

The Players Club presents a New Year's Eve Gala and Traditional Founders Night, featuring drinks, dancing and more Dec. 31. Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Edwin Booth giving the deed of 16 Gramercy Park South to The Players, the evening features a silent auction, a three-course dinner and a champagne toast, as well as performances by Queen Esther, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, Joey Keys and more. Visit theplayersnyc-events.com for more information.

Times Square restaurant Tony's DiNapoli will hold its annual New Year's Eve celebration, hosted by James Moye and Victor Hawks. The evening will feature performances by Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Heather Brorsen (Avenue Q), Stephanie Gibson (Cinderella), Lena Hall (Kinky Boots), Melanie Kann (Power Balladz), Tracey Conyer Lee (Sistas), Michael Minarik (Rock of Ages) and Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots). For reservations, call (212) 221-0100 or visit TonysNYC.com. Many Broadway shows are dark Dec. 31; however, Betrayal, First Date, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Jersey Boys, Matilda and Newsies are offering 2 PM matinees. The revival of Macbeth, starring Ethan Hawke, will play a 7 PM performance.

Kristin Chenoweth


The Turning Stone Resort and Casino presents Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, performing hits of the 60s and 70s including "Oh What a Night" and "Big Girls Don't Cry." A dance party follows, featuring a live feed of Times Square and complimentary hats and noisemakers. Visit turningstone.com for more information.

Ring in the new year with Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV. The star of Wicked and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown presents a concert featuring songs from her Broadway performances and "Glee." Tickets start at $49. More information is available at thesmithcenter.com/events/kristin-chenoweth.

The Hollywood Bowl invites party-goers to take a trip to the tropics with its presentation of Sergio Mendes and the percussion pop of Sheila E. The performance also features Brazilian dancers, and ticket holders are invited to a complimentary carnival-style cocktail party. Visit laphil.com for more information. 

Award-winning Broadway and cabaret artist Michael Feinstein takes the stage at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA, presenting songs from the Great American Songbook. All guests receive a complimentary champagne toast and party favors to ring in 2014. There is a $35.00 per person food and beverage minimum for the 7:30 PM performance. Visit TicketWeb.com for more information.

Bernadette Peters
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Nine-time Tony winner Tommy Tune rings in the New Year at Palm Beach's The Colony. The evening features a four-course dinner and Tune's show, "Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales," followed by a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $350 per person. Visit thecolonypalmbeach.com for more information.

The Midtown Men welcome 2014 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with a concert of their their favorite '60s hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more. Featuring original Jersey Boys cast members Tony winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, the concert begins at 8 PM. Tickets start at $25.00. More information is available by visiting kravis.org.

Usher in the new year with Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who presents a concert at Utah's Eccles Center. The star of Follies, Annie Get Your Gun, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods presents an evening of song, dance and comedy. Tickets start at $40. Visit ecclescenter.org for more information.

(Carey Purcell is the Features Editor of Playbill.com. Her work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com. Follow her on Twitter @PlaybillCarey.)

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