in green dress smoking a cigarette after losing to her costar in Coast of Utopia). The stage door is exactly across the street from an entrance to Rockefeller Headquarters
and a door to the elevator which takes you to the Rainbow Room and the awaiting press.
and catch the orchestra audience "VIP" leaving. Most of these people skip the
to take them to private parties or home. Here is Zach
Jeff Daniels ignoring the screaming fans
Vanessa Redgrave greeting Movie Studio Mogul Harvey Weinstein
with celebs leaving via the 52nd
street Stage Door, I run over to the site of the After party
, which is always at the restaurant
at Rockefeller Center. Most of the talent, and invited guests just walk the block to the entrance.
Although some do arrive in limo's
depending on their stature and age, like Celeste Holm's
and her child groom.
No matter how they arrive most have to stand in line with everyone else waiting to get into the party.
although some who know the area well will surprise us by sneaking down the stairs, or taking the stairway that goes from RCMH
underground to the Rockefeller Concourse and then through the glass doors to the restaurant
. Last year that is how Julia Roberts got to the After party
. Pictured here is Julia White taking the stairs in the middle of the plaza, skipping the line, the roaming paparazzi, fans and tourist.
But for me it was a race to capture as many people with Tony's as possible. Here we find Jay Johnson
: The Two and Only has won the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event.
Glamour girl Donna Murphy
Spring Awakening's Tony Award winners Duncan Sheik and book writer/lyricist Steven Slater
Felicity Huffman has performed in many off Broadway
plays, including Dangerous Corner, Shaker Heights and The Joy of Definitely Going Somewhere. She is co-founder of the Atlantic Theater, but she wouldn't look up and give me a big smile anyway.
I loved Swoosie Kurtz
After shooting arrivals, I went to the other side of the rink to shoot departures. Now I am not saying they don't leave the same way they come in, some do (like this kid from Ugly Betty)
, but the major players leave on the opposite side as to avoid the crowd of gawkers
that have gathered at the entrance. Only a few fans figure out the exit strategy, and now you know.
First up comes Cynthia Nixon and her girlfriend Christine. A second before this shot they were holding hands, but as I set up the shot Cynthia let go.
Damn overexposure of Neil Patrick Harris and boyfriend
Marcia Gay Harden is surrounded by fans, many with their Tony Programs looking for signatures
I give props to these two who did sign and pose for photos with the above fans, but when it came to us paparazzi
they didn't want to pose. I mean I can understand it was 2:15AM and they were probably tired.
For what is only his second Broadway job (following Rabbit Hole), John Gallagher Jr., who plays the desperate young student Moritz in Spring Awakening, won the Best Featured Actor (Musical) Tony. He was with his sister and mother.
Even Bebe Neurith
signed for fans
Although Julie White snuck
in, she came out the VIP exit where my Friend David Pershica
asked to pose with her.
The last photo of the night, Phylicia Rashad
at about 2:30AM; finally a close to a very long day exciting day. Until next year. But wait where was Christine Ebersole
, see below"
A precursor to my next entry on my blog. Christine Ebersole
was just about the last to arrive at the party, and I captured her big entrance. Until next time...HughE