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Tony Awards 2018: Where to watch and celebrate across NYC

Don’t want to stay home? Bars and restaurants are celebrating Broadway’s big night with games, food and more.

Ethan Slater, center, has reason to jump for

Ethan Slater, center, has reason to jump for joy. The actor who plays the title role in "SpongeBob: The Musical" got a best actor Tony nomination, and the show is up for 12 awards. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Tony Awards are back on June 10 with lovable hosts Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, promising a night full of big talent and major wins.

Glenda Jackson and Denzel Washington were nominated for acting Tonys, while “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical” scored the most nominations with 12 each, including for best musical.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a new play about the grown wizard and his troubled relationship with his teenage son, earned 10 nominations, including best play and best actor for star Jamie Parker.

Broadway’s big night at Radio City Music Hall begins at 8 p.m., and while theater lovers eagerly await each live performance and award announcement, local bars and restaurants are doing their part to celebrate the event with music, games and food at their own screenings.

Here’s a look at what is planned so far:

Umami Burger at the Hudson Hotel

358 W. 58th St.

8 p.m.

Sip on a special cocktail, “Broadway Bubbles” made with rum, liqueur, passion fruit puree and cava, as you watch the show and sing show tunes during the commercial breaks. Entry is free.

TRU Tony Awards benefit party

Jack Doyle’s Pub and Restaurant, 240. W 35th St.

7 p.m.

Broadway producers Pat Addis and Ken Waissman are hosting a fundraiser and Tony viewing party for Theater Resources Unlimited. Attendees will be privy to appetizers, a buffet of roast sirloin, chicken française, Atlantic salmon, penne pasta, roasted potatoes, veggies and salad. There will also be wine, dessert, a cash bar and a chance to win tickets to some major Broadway shows. So eat up while you watch the show on five big screen TVs. Tickets are on sale for $70 and ballots are $6 each.

NextGen Tony Awards Party

Etcetera Etcetera, 352 W. 44th St.

6:30 p.m.

Jelani Remy (Simba from Broadway’s “The Lion King”) and actor Jesse Corbin, who both host the XO Broadway series, are emceeing this viewing party and dinner for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and NextGen Advocates. The evening will include games and preshow activities, like performances by the hosts, a dinner buffet, a free cocktail and a discounted cash bar. Tickets are on presale for $60, but those who purchase the VIP tickets for $100 will get to take a photo with the hosts, a selfie with a Tony Award and more.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre viewing party

West Bank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd St.

6:30 p.m.

The theater where many Broadway and cabaret performers got their start is celebrating the awards with its own screening, complete with food, drinks, voting for your favorite stars and prizes. RSVP at with the subject line as “Tony Awards.” There’s no cover charge, but there is a $35 food and beverage minimum per person.

The Skivvies viewing party

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.

8 p.m.

Join The Skivvies, a duo of singers/musicians who strip down to their, well, skivvies, to perform “stripped down” songs on cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica — you name it. They’ll perform eclectic covers of the songs that were or should have been nominated during commercial breaks. Tickets are $35.

Broadway Bash

Ocean Prime, 123 W. 52nd St.

8 p.m.

Sip on specialty cocktails named in honor of this year’s nominees (“Denzel-derflower Elyx,” “My Old-Fashioned Lady,” “Potter Punch,” “Almost Frozen, “Mean Girl Margarita” and more) and munch on free truffle popcorn. Fill out your predictions on a ballot for a chance to win a $150 gift card to the restaurant.

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