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It's a Tony Watch Party and Costume Contest at the Winspear. Go as Jesus or Gypsy.

ATTPAC invites you to dress as your favorite Broadway character for the Tony Award-watching party Sunday, June 10, at the Winspear Opera House. So how easy is it to throw on a rumpled suit, carry an old suitcase and call yourself Willy Loman? (The Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman is up for some Tonys this year.) Or wear black pants, a short-sleeved white cotton shirt and skinny black tie and go as one of the boys in The Book of Mormon (a big winner last year). If you're feeling bold, go in a g-string and pasties as one of the strippers in Gypsy (you gotta get a gimmick).

The event is free and open to the public (though you have to RSVP here to be admitted), with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The awards broadcast via CBS starts at 7 p.m. Channel 11's entertainment blabber Sandie Newton is co-hosting the Winspear bash with sportscaster Babe Laufenberg.

There'll be free snacks and a cash bar. Fill out an awards ballot for a chance to win some prizes, including tickets to upcoming Lexus Broadway Series shows. Best costume gets a prize too.

During the awards telecast, watch for Oak Cliff's own Cedric Neal in the company of The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, which is expected to snag some Tonys. Neal is a graduate of Booker T., was an acting company member at Dallas Theater Center and performed leads in musicals for Uptown Players, Theatre Three and other local stages before heading to NYC and his role in the hit P&B alongside multi-Tony winner Audra McDonald (who's up for Best Actress in a Musical again this year). There'll be a musical performance from that show on Sunday night, plus numbers from Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It (starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara), Once and the now-closed Leap of Faith, plus moments from the revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar, Follies and Evita (starring Ricky Martin). There will also be eye candy in our favorite young doctor-turned star of stage and screen, Neil Patrick Harris.

Parking in the Lexus Red lot below the opera house is discounted to $5 for the event.

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