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How to Plan the Perfect Tony Awards Party

June 4, 2019 by Ali Bloomston
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You didn’t get the invite to Radio City Hall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party like Broadway royalty. It’s Tony season, so it’s time to gather your bosom buddies and raise a glass of bubbly to the biggest night on the Great White Way. And the award for Best Party Host goes to….you.

Reeve Carney and Eva Noblezada in “Hadestown” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Build a pre-show playlist
Jam to Tony-nominated scores as your guests arrive. We’d recommend a playlist of 11 o’clock numbers to kick off the night. Cue the “Hadestown” swinging lamps…

Put together a themed menu
We’ve put together a list of Tony nominee-inspired cocktails for your guests to sip on, from Tequila Mockingbirds to Adam Screw-Drivers. But make sure you don’t drink on an empty stomach. We suggest putting together a cheese plate with the following cheeses: What the Constitution Means to Brie, Ferrymanchego, Brandon Urano-Swiss, and Santino Fontina.

Josh Lamon, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanksas, and Angie Schworer in “The Prom” on Broadway. (Photographed by Deen van Meer)

Decorate
Theater is one of the most delightfully over-the-top art forms, so don’t be afraid to let your party camp it up. Put this season’s playbills on prominent display on a cute clothes line and build your own step-and-repeat. Hell, roll out a red carpet if you’re feeling especially extra. Don’t forget balloons and streamers. Basically we’re picturing Beth Leavel and Brooks Ashmanskas building a Prom and going for that aesthetic. Because why not? Build that party.

Sophia Anne Caruso and Alex Brightman in “Beetlejuice” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Prepare voting ballots
Some people like to do Fantasy Football drafts or March Madness brackets, but in our world, the only league we care about is the Broadway League. No Tony watch party is complete without some healthy competition, so make sure you have ballots for all your guests to fill out with their predictions. Make things a little interesting by pooling together some cash for the person with the highest points at the end of the night.

Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Jawan M. Jackson, James Harkness, and Derrick Baskin in “Ain’t Too Proud” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Play a drinking game (responsibly, obviously)
We would say take a drink every time host James Corden makes an insider-y musical theater joke, but you have a liver to preserve. Start with something simple, like a Hollywood actor introducing an award by talking about how much theatre means to them. Oh wait, that could get dangerous too. Play at your own risk.