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Beth Dororetz celebrates 60th birthday with girlfriends, champagne and...oh yeah, Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell and Beth Dozoretz at her 60th birthday party Saturday at Arena Stage. (Tony Powell)

Some women turning 60 slink off to a spa. Others mark the milestone birthday with a killer shopping spree. Beth Dozoretz celebrated with a Broadway heartthrob.

The longtime Democratic fundraiser, now director of the State Department’s Art in Embassies program, hosted a little bash at Arena Stage on Saturday for 150 of her gal pals. “I thought about doing nothing for a long time,” she told us. “But when you get over a certain age, you realize that the most important thing in the world — right after your family — are your girlfriends. And I wanted to be embraced by my girlfriends.”

The party included a sweet tribute by her husband, Ron; poetry; dance; and a surprise appearance by the Tony-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell, who opened with “Dulcinea” from “Man of La Mancha” (substituting “Beth Do-zor-etz” for “Dulcinea” in the lyrics) and went on to give a 30-minute concert. Afterward, the teary birthday girl took the stage and told her guests: “The real reason I wanted Stokes here, aside from the fact that he is my friend, is that I knew he would make you swoon.” Well, that and champagne before noon.

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