Party-Hopping! Scenes From the Exclusive Tony Awards After-Parties
The Tony Awards ended shortly after 11pm on June 11 — which meant there was a whole night for the winners, stars, and V.I.P. guests to celebrate.
Post-show festivities began at the Plaza Hotel, where the annual Tony Awards gala officially takes place. Then it was time for everyone to split up by show. As always, we spent the night party-hopping, taking in the sights, sounds, and tastes of each celebration.
The Groundhog Day party got underway at Emmett O'Lunney's, two blocks from the musical's home at the August Wilson Theatre. Though the show didn't take home any awards, the cast and creative team, still game to party, kept the festivities going well past the advertised midnight cutoff. A few blocks uptown on 58th Street, Redeye Grill played host to the Come From Away party, where 2017 Tony nominee Jenn Colella shared the evening with her character's real-life inspiration, American Airlines pilot Beverley Bass.
Sixty-third Street was a lucky block on Tonys night. At P.J. Clarke's, Oslo's newly minted winners J.T. Rogers and Michael Aronov hung out at Lincoln Center Theater's party, mingling with other Oslo family members, as well as cast members from L.C.T.'s nominated revival, Falsettos. A sheet cake celebrating both productions was unveiled, while the restaurant also served sides of waffles, a dish that factors heavily in the Tony-winning Best Play.
Meanwhile, directly upstairs at the Empire Hotel's rooftop, Dear Evan Hansen held a party to end all parties. The waitstaff was dressed like the title character in arm casts and blue-striped polo shirts (which were also party favors given to each and every guest), while the food ranged from comfort favorites like chicken fingers and mozzarella sticks to donuts in the show's signature baby-blue coloring.
The sweltering heat didn't stop guests from mingling outdoors on the rooftop while the air conditioning blasted inside. Tonys host Kevin Spacey worked the room alongside his House of Cards costar Michael Kelly, while Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda posed for photos with Ben Platt and his Best Actor in a Musical Tony statuette. Darren Criss congratulated friends involved with the production, as did NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, who happens to be one of the show's producers.
Neon lights lit up 583 Park Avenue on the Upper East Side, where Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 partied. Downstairs, attendees dressed in outfits reminiscent of Paloma Young's Tony-nominated designs danced the night away in the historic building, while on the top floor, Josh Groban and his fellow cast members managed to relax away from the adoring crowds. (Groban's team respectfully declined photo-ops during the festivities.)
Once these parties ran out the clock, celebrants headed to the annual see-and-be-seen after-after-party at the Carlyle Hotel, thrown by Broadway press firm DKC/O&M. As usual, this one took over the entire hotel. Jim Caruso sang as Billy Stritch tickled the ivories downstairs in Bemelmans Bar, part of their weekly Sunday night residency. Nearby, Gavin Creel showed off his Tony and caught up with friends and family. In a suite on the 22nd floor, theater legend Elaine Paige, the original Grizabella, chatted with Tyler Hanes and Georgina Pazcoguin, from Broadway's current production of Cats.
Glenn Close and Tommy Tune held court on a couch overlooking Central Park. In one of the suite's bedrooms, an assortment of Broadway stars — including original Hairspray leads Marissa Jaret Winokur and Matthew Morrison, as well as Sunset Boulevard leading man Michael Xavier, and Hello, Dolly! nominee Kate Baldwin (with her husband, Graham Rowat) — caught up and posed for photos. Libations flowed, as did miniature ham-and-cheese omelets for the hungry crowd.
As the sun came up, everyone begrudgingly headed home, partied out and ready for their one day of rest before another eight-show week. And, with that, we close the books on the 2016-2017 theater season.
Check out TheaterMania's photos of the parties in the gallery below.