2:38pm PT by Ashley Lee
Tonys: 6 Unforgettable Things Seen Inside the 'Hamilton' Afterparty
Think getting tickets to Hamilton is tough? Trying to get into the show's Tony Awards afterparty on Sunday night was even harder.
The Hollywood Reporter managed to slip into the star-studded bash, held at the iconic Central Park venue Tavern on the Green, and saw a few unforgettable things before leaving at dawn:
Taking home the Tonys. THR arrived around 2 a.m., just when the ceremony's host James Corden was leaving. Also exiting the venue was Lin-Manuel Miranda's father, Luis A. Miranda, Jr., with his son's awards for best book and best score — two of the 11 honors the show won. "I'll keep these safe!" he said on his way out.
Wait for it, wait for it. Barbra Streisand, Danielle Brooks, Mark Strong, Andrew Rannells, Busy Phillips and Michelle Williams were seen at the party, greeting winning actors Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs, as well as director Tommy Kail and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire. Leslie Odom Jr. and his wife Nicolette Robinson found themselves entertaining a line of guests who were waiting to share their congratulations with the lead actor, including fellow winner and The Color Purple star Cynthia Erivo.
DJ'ing nonstop. The Roots' Questlove, who produced the Hamilton cast recording with Black Thought, was the DJ of the bash, and played everything from '80s hits and salsa numbers to bluegrass tunes and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. "I spun 386 songs in 6 hours," he noted on Instagram. "There were 600 on the dance floor when I started, it seemed like there were 6000 when I left. Best DJ gig I've ever done in the US. Amazing high I feel."
Eclipsed on the dance floor. Lupita Nyong'o, Saycon Sengbloh, Zainab Jah, playwright Danai Gurira and director Liesl Tommy — who all got ready for the awards show in a hotel room together — set up camp in the middle of the dance floor. The women of the Tony-nominated play danced barefoot in a circle around a pile of their shoes and purses.
Clever cocktails. The show didn't throw away its shot at putting together a satisfying menu of themed cocktails with lyric-related names like the "Venerated Virginian" and "The Mind at Work."
"Good night" at daylight. The party ended just after 5 a.m., when the sun started to rise over Central Park. The bar offered mimosas to attendees who stayed until the very end — including Zachary Levi, Adrienne Warren and Retta.