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Inside Hamilton’s Buzzing Tonys After-party

Photo: Lucas Michael

Normally, two parties own Tony Awards night: the official gala at the Plaza and O&M’s legendary, rollicking, celebrity-studded after-party that goes until the wee hours. But this year, a one-time upset contender for best after-party emerged: Hamilton’s party at Tavern on the Green, which turned out to be yet another win for the hit musical.

Around 1 a.m, when Vulture arrived, Questlove was in the DJ booth outside on the patio, spinning old-school rap and R&B, and the dance floor was packed. Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita were dancing with friends, and Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped into the DJ booth to groove and hoist a drink before making his way through the crowd and stopping to dance and sing along with Common.

Inside the sprawling restaurant, every room was buzzing, and people kept coming as the night wore on. We collided with Mariska Hargitay, who was chatting with Daveed Diggs; a moment later, Danai Gurira joined them. Michelle Williams and Harvey Weinstein were deep in conversation on a couch. Also roaming and noshing from buffets serving everything from lamb chops to paella were Jake Gyllenhaal, Danielle Brooks, James Corden, Barbra Streisand, Glenn Close, Zachary Levi, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lucas Michael was there to capture the scene for Vulture.

Inside Hamilton’s Buzzing Tonys After-party