It was Sunday night’s big blowout. And not only because “Hairspray” had just grabbed eight Tonys.
Under the tent at the Bryant Park Grill, Jack O’Brien talked up his production of John Guare‘s adaptation of “His Girl Friday” in London (Lincoln Center bound?). Marissa Jaret Winokur talked up her new ABC sitcom deal. And Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman talked up their musical version of Steven Spielberg‘s “Catch Me if You Can.”
There was also much talk about the Wittman/Shaiman kiss. “Not since Al Gore tongued Tipper!” exclaimed one partygoer. Certainly the big televised smooch made CBS history.
The pair wasn’t so sure they were the first gay couple to win duo Tonys.
“I thought Betty (Comden) and Adolf (Green) were,” joked Shaiman. “I’m sure we’re not the first, just the first who didn’t think they had to keep it secret.”
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Speaking of firsts, New Line Cinema’s Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne had never been to the Tonys before this Sunday night.
“It was our first,” said Shaye.
“All eight of them!” added Lynne.
“Hairspray,” of course, started as a New Line movie. Cut to 15 years later and Shaye is backstage at Radio City Music Hall telling John Waters, “What a strange set of events this is!”