For the Broadway community, the annual Tony Awards is a well-deserved night off from the bright lights of the Great White Way. After leaving Radio City Music Hall, where the ceremony was held Sunday evening, many found themselves taking over the Carlyle for Rick Miramontez and DKC/O&M’s private after after-party, which has become something of an institution on the postshow event circuit. This time around, the legendary Upper East Side hotel hangout was transformed into “Disco Dolly!”—a nod, of course, to Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. Tony-nominated lighting designer Natasha Katz was brought in to ensure the lighting matched the show’s signature red glow. Though it didn’t hurt that Ms. Midler herself also made an appearance.
Decked out in a silver sequined disco ball of a dress, Midler caught more than a few eyes, including those of fellow Tony nominee Sally Field, whom Midler welcomed warmly with a “Hey, Sal, how are ya?” before the two women were seated at the star table in the corner. A mere few feet away, Anna Kendrick was perched at a red velvet banquette that seemed just big enough to accommodate her full-skirted Miu Miu dress. “I like that [the Carlyle] is small and I can creep on Bette Midler across the room,” Kendrick half-joked. She also harnessed a sense of humor when choosing her red carpet attire. “It didn’t feel like it was taking itself too seriously,” she explained of her floral V-neck dress. “And that’s kind of what I love about Miu Miu.”
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