Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Sarah Paulson Celebrate the Tony Awards 2024 by Partying All Night

After the curtain came down at Sunday’s Tony Awards 2024, the song-and-dance spectacle continued on Broadway’s biggest night. Tony winners and nominees hit the party scene and raged deep into the night to celebrate their accomplishments on the Great White Way.

It was a big night for Daniel Radcliffe, whose showstopping performance in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along won him his first Tony, an achievement he celebrated by partying until 4 a.m. Following the awards ceremony at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Harry Potter star attended his show’s party at the Ascent Lounge with his longtime girlfriend, Erin Darke. Radcliffe, who arrived just before midnight and was greeted with hugs and congratulations, relaxed at the soiree by enjoying a Diet Coke with lemon, but he admitted he was nervous when his category came up during the ceremony.

“Initially, I was really confused because when Ben Platt read it out, he read my character’s name first,” Radcliffe told Vanity Fair while clutching his Tony at the celebration. “He said, ‘Charlie,’ and I was like, Wait, is there a Charlie who is nominated? And then he said the full character’s name, and I was like, Oh shit, it is me! And then I blacked out.”

Soon, Radcliffe was joined by his costar Lindsay Mendez, a fellow Tony nominee. “I love doing this show so much, and it’s so special to be doing it with Lindsay and Jonathan Groff and so many people that I love so much,” he said. “Musicals—it is the most demanding thing that I’ve ever done, and at the same time it’s the best experience of my life. Winning this, it’s an amazing way to end the run.”

Four blocks away, at P.J. Clarke’s, the cast and creators of Stereophonic were in full revelry, enjoying Maine lobster rolls, sliders, and drinks. The show, about a fictional Fleetwood Mac–style band clashing while creating an album together in the 1970s, was the night’s top winner, taking home five awards, including best play. With 13 nods, it had already made history as the most Tony-nominated play of all time. Will Brill, who plays Reg, the bassist battling addiction, won best performance by a featured actor in a play. He beat his costars Eli Gelb and Tom Pecinka, who were both nominated in the same category.

“We had a bunch of talks about supporting each other, and we talked about what we thought was likely and what we thought wasn’t, and really kept on reaffirming our love for each other and how special we all felt to be in this situation,” said Brill with his girlfriend by his side, taking a pause from socializing at the energetic party. “It’s been nothing but a lot of love. A few of them grabbed me after I won. Tom Pecinka, who was very honest about how much he wanted to win, grabbed me and was like, ‘I am so happy for you. I love you so much. This means the world that you got it.’ That really meant a lot to me. I love these people.”

Across Central Park, on the Upper East Side, Broadway’s biggest stars made their way to The Carlyle for the buzzy after-party thrown by Rick Miramontez, a veteran Broadway publicist, and producer John Gore. The annual bash took over the entire first and second floors of the landmark hotel, including the famed Bemelmans Bar. By 1:30 a.m., a crowd had already gathered, including Tony nominee Eddie Redmayne, Jeffrey Wright, Billy Eichner, Ashley Park, and Dylan Mulvaney—as well as Radcliffe and Brill—and guests weaved their way through the crowds, shoulder to shoulder.

A relaxed Ariana DeBose, who hosted the Tony ceremony for the third straight year, was stationed near Bemelmans’ famed piano to take in the pianist’s performance up close, where she spoke with Julianne Hough and talent manager Jason Weinberg. Nearby, two-time competitive-Tony winner Billy Porter was deep in conversation with George C. Wolfe. Both were bestowed with honorary awards on Sunday night, with Porter receiving the Isabelle Stevenson accolade and Wolfe earning the award for lifetime achievement.

“Being at the Tonys, I feel like I’m at home. This is where I started. Theater is my first love, and theater saved my life,” Porter told VF during the after-party. “And to be in this space, and to receive my third Tony, is very, very special. Always!”

At 2 a.m., newly minted Tony winner Sarah Paulson strolled into the Carlyle hotel lobby with her longtime publicist, Alla Plotkin. Still beaming from having nabbed her first Tony, for best actress in a play for her work in Appropriate, Paulson said winning was “a childhood dream fully realized.”

“We moved to New York when my mom was 27 years old, and I was five, and my sister was three, and my mom got a job as a waitress at Sardi’s [the birthplace of the Tony Award],” said Paulson, who graciously stopped to chat before heading into the party. “I dreamt about being an actress, and then I starred in this play at the Helen Hayes, which is right next door to Sardi’s, and I could smell the food being cooked at night sometimes when I was doing the play before it moved to the Belasco [Theatre]. So for me to win, and it being my first nomination—I just can’t believe it. I have not reentered my body! I’ll put it that way.”

Inside the party, Paulson bumped into Alex Edelman, who was carrying his honorary Tony Award for his debut solo Broadway show, Just for Us. The two greeted each other with cheers by clinking their Tony Awards together. Soon after, Paulson and Porter met and shared an animated conversation in a corridor of the hotel. “You are just divine,” he told her. Paulson then hit the dance floor and grooved to Madonna’s “Vogue.”

At 3 a.m., Leslie Odom Jr. was spotted inside Bemelmans Bar wearing a stunning all-white suit and chatting with some acquaintances. He was nominated for his performance in Purlie Victorious, a comedic play about a traveling Black preacher in the small-town South of the 1950s. Meanwhile, Groff, who won best lead actor in a musical, his first Tony after two previous nominations, joined Radcliffe and Darke in a corner booth, with the three hoisting themselves onto the top of a banquette to pose for some silly photos. Guests soon learned Groff was in attendance and mobbed him for selfies. He happily obliged while holding his Tony in one hand and a cocktail in the other. At 3:45 a.m., Groff and Radcliffe made a beeline to the exit and so did the crowd.

By 4 a.m., things had cleared out. “I’m going to be up until dawn,” said Brill. “This is once in a lifetime. Let’s do it up!”

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