B'ways big night celebrates with big bash
Different Tony parties, different vibes.
The official soiree at Rockefeller Center aimed to be a sophisticated fete, with plenty of food for nominators (Lynn Nottage), nominees (Kelli O’Hara), winners (Cynthia Nixon) presenters (Kristin Bell) and other Rialto denizens (Jonathan Pryce) all hungry after the long stint in Radio City.
The bash for tuner winner “Jersey Boys” was a full-swing jam session for the onstage band playing at the Hard Rock Cafe — but with more of an R&B/funk feel, rather than the Four Seasons’ golden oldies.
The place to be, though, was legit hotspot Angus McIndoe for the celebration for “History Boys,” which took home six trophies.
Brit nominees Lynn Redgrave and Zoe Wanamaker mingled, presenter T.R. Knight gushed to Brian O’Byrne and actor in a play winner Richard Griffiths greeted well-wishers at a table near the entrance.
Griffiths’ new Tony is, by his count, the eighth award he’s received for the role he’s playing, and it’s starting to become an embarrassment of riches. “I feel terrible,” he said. “The other nominees are all really nice guys.”
The moment he won, he said, was a nerve-wracking thrill, considering he had to blurt out a speech in front of an auditorium full of 6,000 people. “The Sermon on the Mount only had 5,000!” he said.