It’s going to be a Broadway weekend. Here’s your printable Tony Awards Ballot for 2017.

Click, download, and enjoy! And, by the way, I think there are going to be more than a few surprises and upsets in the winner column this year. More on that next week.

And while the awards may be unpredictable this year, there are three classic cocktails reliable and perfect for any Tony Awards watching party. The vodka gimlet is one, a gin martini another, and sidecars for those who like something a little sweeter—but just as potent. All can be made by the pitcher and kept in the freezer between refills. Here’s my favorite recipe for each of them.

My go to theatre cocktail, the gimlet is a classic that simply doesn’t work with fresh lime juice so don’t try to dress it up. Rose’s gives the drink the perfect balance of sweet and sour. Pour over ice in a chilled old fashioned glass.

  • 2 ounces Stoly vodka
  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons Rose’s lime juice
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Hendrick’s is a swell gin and it makes an extraordinary martini, but for the Tony’s you need a classic recipe to make a martini that you’d expect to be served at Joe Allen, or Sardi’s, or the lobby bar in the Schubert Theatre. Simple, on the rocks, and 5:1—make a batch. Up or on the rocks.

  • 1 part vermouth
  • 5 part Bombay Sapphire gin
  • Ice (for mixing)
  • To garnish: Green olive or lemon rind

This prohibition-era cocktail takes slightly more work to prepare, but it’s a straightforward recipe that doesn’t suffer from multiplying the ingredients and making a pitcher—or pitchers. Note that, unlike the Gimlet, a sidecar requires fresh squeezed citrus juice.

  • 3/4 oz. Cointreau
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. cognac
  • cocktail glass


Cheers, all. Party on!

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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