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Guests See Stars (and Circles) at Tonys Ball

The circular shape of the big theater awards statuette inspired the decor at the supper ball following the ceremony.

June 8, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT

A curtain of water cascaded into a bed of hydrangeas behind a bar near the back of the ballroom

Tony awards supper ball Marriott Marquis Sunday, 06.05.05. 11 PM onward
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Shortly after Spamalot took home the most coveted Tony for best musical, more than 1,700 Broadway professionals and theater aficionados filed out of the annual awards at Radio City Music Hall to find a chauffeured ride to the official after-party—in the form of red double-decker buses from Gray Line. (Though, truth be told, presenters, nominees, and producers stayed close to their limousines and town cars.)

Liz McCann of Tony Award Productions—the joint venture of the League of American Theatres and Producers and the American Theatre Wing that hosts the awards—hired Suzanne Tobak and Michael Lawrence of Tobak-Dantchik Events & Promotions to produce the event for the seventh year. This year, the party was moved to the Marriott Marquis, after last year’s multicolored event at Rockefeller Center, which hosted a bar mitzvah Sunday evening.

Fans lined up outside of the hotel hoping to catch a glimpse of well-known attendees such as Billy Crystal, Matthew Broderick, and Kathleen Turner—though in their excitement, they seemed willing to cheer for anyone in formal attire. Inside the hotel, guests made their way up to the sixth floor, where they found green-hued and pillow-strewn lounge areas outside of the main ballroom. Throughout the lounges, Lawrence and Susan Edgar placed pillar candles with color-changing LED lights inside branded with the Tonys logo.

The circular shape of the Tony award served as inspiration for much of the decor inside the ballroom. Fabric-wrapped discs hung from the ceiling, and circle-print chiffon overlays covered the cocktail tables. Votive candles nestled in short bowls filled with beads of recycled wax centered each table, while tall flower
arrangements topped each of the 14 serving stations positioned throughout the ballroom.

Guests mingled as Soul Solution covered songs by Stevie Wonder and the Commodores, among others. The ceiling treatment, in shades of blue and purple, gave the room a more intimate feel and drew the eye towards the large horseshoe-shaped bar in the center. Long communal tables topped with short vases of deep purple calla lilies flanked the central bar and created a direct sight line toward a towering water curtain behind another bar in the back. The falling water disappeared into beds of hydrangea, creating a division (albeit a transparent one) between the main ballroom and the dark, intimate lounge areas behind the bar.

Guests sampled an eclectic menu, which included carving stations, pasta, tapas, dim sum, and sushi. Chocolate fountains and fresh strawberries at the dessert stations promised a sweet ending to long evening.

Sara Neuffer

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