NEW YORK — “Why am I here?” asked Kathie Lee Gifford, one of the many Tony Award presenters who brought her daytime TV stature to Broadway’s big night.
And where was Tony winner Elton John, who pulled a Katharine Hepburn and decided to be glamorously engaged elsewhere?
“He’s in a world of his own,” Dame Edna opined of the “Aida” composer. “He is in the superstar stratosphere. I believe in mingling with people like yourselves, I don’t feel sullied.”
The curiously tall Melbourne housewife is leaving Broadway this month, but threatened to return. “I’ve been thinking of slipping into Donna Hanover’s slot in ‘The Vagina Monologues.’ ”
Cornered at Radio City Music Hall, Kelsey Grammer didn’t appreciate being reminded of those reviews his “Macbeth” got in Boston. “Only two were negative, and we were savaged by the ignorant,” he quipped. Not that Kelsey doesn’t fear the Scottish Play’s curse when he opens in New York. “I may be the largest target to present itself in some time.”
Well, after Fran and Barry Weissler, that is. During commercial breaks in the Tony telecast, Rosie O’Donnell and Nathan Lane entertained the troops with endless jabs at the producing duo. Afterward, revelers at the Tony ball and dinner at the Marriott Marquis dined on filet mignon tossed with Weissler one-liners. If only O’Donnell and Lane’s on-air jokes had lingered as long in the night air.
Post ball, winners and losers retired to any number of posh haunts to debate this week’s closing notices. Partygoers danced to mixed vibes at the shared fete for “The Real Thing,” “The Wild Party” and “True West” at the Harley Davidson Cafe. Otherwise, it was “The Music Man” at Laura Belle, “Aida” at Jack Rose and “Kiss Me, Kate” upstairs at the Marriott.