If you can’t be at the Beacon Theatre on Sunday, June 12, never fear. There are plenty of places around town to share the excitement of the 2016 Tony Awards. Below is a run down of the best spots in New York to watch the evening unfurl.
Presented as a benefit for BC/EFA, cabaret hotspot Feinstein’s/54 Below is offering a Tony Awards party with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Watch the ceremony in the company of theatre lovers on big screens while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, dinner and an open bar. Phone (646) 476-3551 or visit 54below.com.
The Metropolitan Room
Following the success of its first ever Tonys viewing party last year, The Metropolitan Room will again celebrate Broadway’s best with live music and a viewing party. The festivities will begin at 5:45 PM. Phone (212) 206-0440 or visit metropolitanroom.com.
Laurie Beechman Theatre
In the heart of the theatre district, the West Bank Café will host its signature viewing party at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Seating begins at 6 PM to watch the live broadcast from the red carpet. Reservations are a must and can be made by emailing [email protected] with the subject line “Tony Awards.”
With a history of serving Broadway’s best, from producers to stars to the ensemble, it’s only fitting that Joe Allen celebrates the Tonys. The iconic restaurant will once again host a three-course, price fixe dinner including a broadcast of the red carpet and pre-show as well as the ceremony. Drinks begin at 6:30 PM and dinner service begins at 7:30 PM. Phone (212) 581-6464 or visit Joeallenrestaurant.com.
Musical Theatre Factory
Musical Theatre Factory’s annual Tony Awards party is always guaranteed to be a fun night. This year’s evening is being hosted at Haymaker Bar and Kitchen in the theatre district, complete with the usual trivia, prizes and impromptu performances. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Visit mtf.nyc.
Also in midtown, the Brickyard Gastropub is hosting its annual Tony viewing party with an awards ballot contest and food and drink specials all night. Phone (212) 767-0077 or visit brickyardnyc.com.
Sip on a Hamiltonic, or why not try a Shuffltini at Playa Betty’s Tonys viewing party, just a few doors down from the Beacon. The cocktail specials will be served all night long at the California-style street food hotspot. Visit playabettys.com/
Head downtown for Michael Plosky’s Seventh Annual Tony Awards Party at non-other than the Stonewall Inn. The evening kicks off at 7 PM and is hosted by Lavinia Draper and Chocolatina, featuring performances by guest Broadway stars. Watch the awards on the big screen and try your hand at over $7000 in raffle prizes. Phone (212) 488-2705 or visit thestonewallinnnyc.com.
The Players, New York’s private social club, is giving 20 theatre lovers the chance to join its exclusive Tony Awards viewing party at its historic Gramercy Park mansion. To be in the running, fans must compose a rhyming couplet on behalf of their favorite Tony Award nominee, then post it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram – tagging @ThePlayersNYC (@ThePlayersNY for Instagram) and using the hashtag #TonyCouplet by midnight on June 12.
Tony Viewing Party For a Cause
Tony winner Christian Hoff's event at Palm West Restaurant will be both fun and benefiting a cause very close to his heart: cancer research. The evening will feature the live broadcast, dinner, drinks and a silent auction. Phone (212) 333-3335 or email [email protected]
Whether you're at home watching or out and about, don't forget to check out Playbill.com on the night. Situated in the heart of the action, we will have live-blogging, videos, multimedia, photos and interviews from the red carpet and reactions of the winners all night long.
Also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our exclusive Tony Awards coverage. The festivities will kick off with Playbill’s Pre-Tony Awards Live-Stream with The Ensemblist podcast on Facebook at 2 PM.
For Tony Viewing Outside of NYC
The Actors Fund will throw their 20th anniversary Tony-viewing party at L.A.'s Beverly Hilton, hosted by Emmy winner George Pennacchio. In celebration of Broadway’s biggest night, the evening will honor stage and screen star Florence Henderson and will feature a special live performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Broadway’s Dreamgirls. Phone (323) 330-2428 or email Katherine Cahill at [email protected]
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