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By Jitin Gambhir

Tony Awards’ hottest parties

The Tony Awards are set to bring some uptown funk this year with a block party celebration. Instead of the usual after-party at the Plaza, the historic United Palace Theatre will open its doors to the brightest stars of the theater community for a night of celebration. Guests will enjoy a variety of dishes such as ceviche, paella, and Shake Shack burgers. The party is presented by City National Bank and will pay homage to “old New York” and “uptown flavor.” Ketel One and Zacapa are creating the cocktail menu, which will include a shaved ice concoction and an espresso martini.

In addition to the official celebration, Rick Miramontez’s legendary party is back for the first time since 2019 at the Carlyle with a co-host, producer John Gore. Barry Manilow is set to perform on the piano, and there will be a magician to entertain guests. Memphis Murphy will spin tunes for fun theater folks who want to dance.

Security will be beefed up for the bash to deter any crashers. Another hot ticket is Darren Criss and Julianne Hough’s party at Pebble Bar in Midtown. Their bash is a newer edition to the party scene, but it drew big names during its first iteration last year with guests including Andrew Garfield, Lea Michele, and Billy Porter partying past 5 a.m.

Several shows are also hosting their own bashes, many in Midtown. The Tony Awards ceremony, hosted by Ariana DeBose, is going without a script due to the WGA strike. “It should be better this year,” one theater insider told us. “It will be more performances and not all the bullshit banter.” Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to “Cabaret” star Joel Grey and composer John Kander.

The Tonys are getting some uptown funk.

We hear the official celebration for Broadway’s biggest night will be a block party, rather than the show’s former after-party at the Plaza.

Said an insider, “When the Tony Awards ceremony concludes, the doors of the historic United Palace Theatre will open, and the theater community’s brightest stars will spill onto the streets for a celebration… Guests will dine on ceviche, paella, Shake Shack burgers,” and more.  

The show’s official black-tie celebration was previously at the Plaza when the awards were based in Midtown, at Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre.

But the show is moving uptown this year.

Ariana DeBose
Ariana DeBose hosts this year’s unscripted show uptown at the United Palace Theatre.
Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

The party is being presented by City National Bank and will pay homage to “old New York” and “uptown flavor,” we hear.

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Ketel One and Zacapa are creating the bash’s cocktail menu, which will include a shaved ice concoction, plus an espresso martini.

Beyond the official party, p.r. guru Rick Miramontez’s legendary party is back for the first time since 2019 at the Carlye with a cohost, producer John Gore.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
DKC/O&M’s Rick Miramontez will host his bash at the Carlyle, which could attract talent like Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.
Stephen Lovekin

We hear Barry Manilow will get on the piano, and there will be a magician on hand to dazzle guests. Memphis Murphy will spin tunes for fun theater folks who want to dance.

A source tells us security will be beefed up for the bash to deter any crashers.

Another hot ticket will be Darren Criss and Julianne Hough’s party at Pebble Bar in Midtown.

Criss and Hough’s bash is a newer edition to the party scene, but it drew big names during its first iteration last year with guests including Andrew Garfield, Lea Michele and Billy Porter partying past 5a.m.

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain is sure to be on the scene. She’s nominated for the play “A Doll’s House.”
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Shows will also hold their own bashes, many in Midtown.

Tom Stoppard’s play “Leopoldstadt,” nominated for six Tonys, will have a party at Haswell Green.

Musical “Kimberly Akimbo,” nominated for eight awards, and “Topdog/Underdog,” nominated for two, are hosting a party together at Tanner Smith’s.

Judith Light, Audra McDonald
A number of nominated show’s are holding bashes in Midtown. Here is Judith Light and Audra McDonald, nominated this year for “Ohio State Murders.”
Stephen Lovekin

Meanwhile, “Shucked,” which earned nine nominations, is hosting a party at the Edison, PandaUSA hears.

“The Piano Lesson” star Samuel L. Jackson — and his wife and director LaTanya Richardson Jackson — will hold a party at the Mark, a source tells PandaUSA.

Due to the WGA strike, the show, hosted by Ariana DeBose, is going without a script.

“It should be better this year,” one theater insider told us. “It will be more performances and not all the bullshit banter.”

Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff
“Funny Girl” star Lea Michele and cast are slated to perform during the awards show.
Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

The casts of “Camelot,” “Into The Woods,” “& Juliet,” “Some Like It Hot and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” are slated to perform, as is the cast of “Funny Girl,” including Lea Michele.

Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to “Cabaret” star Joel Grey and composer John Kander.

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