Ask any Tony Awards veteran and they’ll tell you the most talked-about after-party on Broadway’s biggest night is at the Carlyle Hotel. Hosted by Rick Miramontez, president of DKC/O&M, and producer John Gore, the star-studded bash has come to be known as the hottest ticket in town. It always draws a chic crowd that includes the cast and crew of Tony-nominated shows, who in keeping with over a decade of tradition, keep the party going until dawn. Taking over two whole floors of the hotel—plus a private suite on the 22nd floor—there was plenty of room for the likes of Sienna Miller, Zachary Quinto, Laurie Metcalf, and Darren Criss to revel and roam.
Billy Porter sent cameras flashing when he swanned in wearing a velvet suit by Celestino Couture, the eco-minded label who up-cycles materials and turns them into couture. His look was actually cut from the curtain of Kinky Boots, for which he won a Tony and a Grammy before the long-running production staged its final show last month. Porter mused: “If there’s any place where you can wear a curtain in homage to Carol Burnett and Bob Mackie in that Gone With the Wind sketch, it’s tonight.”
Somewhere between the piano bar and the cocktail bar, Sophia Anne Caruso, the 17-year-old actress who plays Lydia in the 2019 Tony-nominated musical Beetlejuice was seated in a corner booth with a gaggle of cool theater kids who were busy snacking on French fries and snapping polaroids of one other. Broadway’s newest ingenue was barely recognizable peeking out from underneath peroxide-blonde bangs instead of the jet-black wig that she wears each night onstage. Dressed in an intricately beaded Pamella Rowland slip, the look was more 1920s flapper girl than teen goth: “I loved that it feels so feminine and delicate,” she said.
Also present was actress Beanie Feldstein, who was joined by her Booksmart costar, Molly Gordon. The cinema darlings had to skip the awards ceremony this season but were delighted to get dolled up for the equally exclusive festivities that followed. Dressed in a polka-dot frock and Prada pumps, Feldstein laughed: “I was in my pajamas until about 20 minutes ago.” Then again, it wouldn’t be the first rapid-fire wardrobe quick-change on Tony Awards night.