An annual tradition returned to New York on Monday morning: the dismal sight of hundreds of chorus kids in gowns and tuxedos desperately trying to vie for a cab after late-night Tony Awards parties.
Red eyes, broken heels, sequins…everywhere. Anger over Uber bump fees. A Tony in one hand and a McDonalds bag in the other.
After last year’s pandemic-related celebrations, which took place in the fall, 2021 Best Play winner “The Inheritance” had a last-second feast at Hurley’s Saloon, and Josh Groban and Aaron Tveit ate Trader Joe’s mini hot dogs at William Ivey Long’s Studio – big, busy parties were back in full force.
Champagne was poured out across the city—toasting victories and drowning sorrows.
Best Play winner “The Lehman Trilogy” took the top floor at the Bowery Hotel and Best Musical “A Strange Loop” was at the sexy edition on 47th Street. The night’s big loser, The Music Man, starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, was on the old Edison’s new roof, a block away.
I stopped by a couple of soirees (the very one everyone wants at their feel-good party – a critic!) to see how Broadway kicks off.
Midnight: Tony parties can go south quickly if the show doesn’t win. In 2017, on the Redeye Grill shindig for Come From Away, which lost to Dear Evan Hansen, I learned how sad Canadians can get. But my first stop, the event for “Six the Musical” at Guastavino’s on E. 59th Street, felt like a floor-bouncing winner.
Nonetheless, celebs stayed in the west. The biggest stars were the show’s Tony Award winners Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow and the cast of singing queens. Above, the venue looked like a wedding. Below, with mysterious young people gathered around tables quietly eating sliders, a college degree.
1am: If you’d confidently gone to the Tavern on the Green in formal attire, you could have strutted right in and partied with the cast of ‘MJ the Musical’. No one asked my name or looked at the PCR test result, which I clutched like a passport. A shame. I was 100 percent ready to say, “It’s me – Blanket!”
The late Michael Jackson’s youngest child was not there. But his other two children, Paris and Prince Michael, were happy and talkative even though their show lost to A Strange Loop for best musical.
So are Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, I May Destroy You star/creator Michaela Coel, and Lena Waithe.
3am: My last drag was to the new Broadway-style Civilian Hotel on 48th Street. Everything else was over and the hotspot turned into a net for the night owls. The invite list was officially 250 people, but everyone came from Hell’s Kitchen.
I congratulated a beaming Matt Doyle on winning best supporting actor for “Company” and nearly smashed my champagne flute clinking his Tony. As the DJ played Michael Jackson tunes, Myles Frost, winner of Best Actor in a Musical who plays the Prince of Pop, made an impromptu appearance at the bar. The 22-year-old can moonwalk on command. Supporting Actor in Play winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson, POTUS star Lea Delaria, Garrett Clayton and Tony nominee Gideon Glick walked around.
At 4am the DJ turned on the lights and played “Last Dance” and people were encouraged to vamoose. But some party-hard producers and publicists flocked to a fourth-floor suite and left until the sun came up. Who needs Vanity Fair’s Oscar party when you can eat flatbread pizza on the floor of a Midtown hotel room on Tony’s night out?
https://nypost.com/2022/06/13/the-stars-went-hard-at-tony-awards-2022-after-parties/ The stars went all out at the 2022 Tony Awards after-parties