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The stars went hard at Tony Awards 2022 after-parties

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An annual tradition returned to New York Monday morning: the bleary sight of hundreds of gown-wearing and tuxedo-clad chorus kids desperately trying vying for cabs after late-night Tony Awards parties.

Eyes red, heels broken, sequins… everywhere. Gripes about Uber surge charges. A Tony in one hand, a McDonalds bag in the other.

After last year’s pandemic-hobbled celebrations – held in the fall, 2021 Best Play winner “The Inheritance” had a last-second fete at Hurley’s Saloon and Josh Groban and Aaron Tveit ate Trader Joe’s mini hotdogs in William Ivey Long’s studio – big bustling bashes were back in full force.

Champagne was being poured all over town – toasting victories and drowning sorrows.

Best Play victor “The Lehman Trilogy” took over upstairs at the Bowery Hotel and Best Musical “A Strange Loop” was at the sexy Edition on 47th Street. The night’s big loser “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, was on the new roof venue of the old Edison, a block away.

I stopped by a few soirees (just who everyone wants at their feel-good party – a critic!) To watch Broadway let loose.

Midnight: Tony parties can go south fast if the show doesn’t win. In 2017 at the Redeye Grill shindig for “Come From Away,” which lost to “Dear Evan Hansen,” I learned just how sad Canadians can get. But my first stop, the event for “Six the Musical” at Guastavino’s on E. 59th Street, felt like a winner with a hopping dance floor.

Actor Garrett Clayton partied at the Civilian Hotel.

Still, celebs stayed west. The biggest stars were the show’s Tony-winning writers Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow and the cast of singin ‘queens. Upstairs, the venue looked like a wedding. Downstairs, with mysterious young people gathered around tables quietly eating sliders, a college graduation.

1 am: If you confidently walked up to Tavern on the Green in formal wear, you could’ve strutted right in and partied with the cast of “MJ the Musical.” Nobody asked for my name, or looked at the PCR test result I was clutching like a passport. A shame. I was 100-percent ready to say, “It’s me – Blanket!”

The late Michael Jackson’s youngest child wasn’t there. But his two other kids Paris and Prince Michael were and, despite their show losing Best Musical to “A Strange Loop,” both were happy and chatty.

So were Oscar nominees Cynthia Erivo, “I May Destroy You” star / creator Michaela Coel and Lena Waithe.

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson celebrated "MJ the Musical" at Tavern on the Green on Tonys night.
Paris and Prince Michael Jackson celebrated “MJ the Musical” at Tavern on the Green on Tonys night.

3am: My final schlep was to the new Broadway-themed Civilian Hotel on 48th Street. Everything else had ended, and the hotspot turned into a net for the night-owls. The invitation list was officially for 250 people, but all of Hell’s Kitchen came.

I congratulated a beaming Matt Doyle on winning Best Supporting Actor for “Company” and nearly smashed my Champagne flute clinking his Tony. When the DJ played Michael Jackson tunes, Best Actor in a Musical winner Myles Frost, who plays the Prince of Pop, gave an impromptu performance in the bar. The 22-year-old can moonwalk on command. Supporting Actor in Play winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “POTUS” star Lea Delaria, Garrett Clayton and Tony nominee Gideon Glick were milling about.

Tony winner Myles Frost wasn't done performing after the broadcast.
Tony winner Myles Frost wasn’t done performing after the broadcast.

At 4am, the DJ cranked up the lights and played “Last Dance,” and folks were told to vamoose. But some party-hardy producers and publicists poured into a suite on the fourth floor and went till the sun came up. Who needs the Vanity Fair Oscar party when you can eat flatbread pizza on the ground of a Midtown hotel room on Tonys night?

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