Behind-the-Scenes at the Tony Awards Afterparty
The Daily Meal got a sneak peak at what The Plaza prepped to serve Neil Patrick Harris and Steve Kazee
Keywords 2012, Tony Awards, Afterparty, New York City, Plaza Hotel
Sunday night at New York City's Beacon Theatre, Once swept away at the 66th annual Tony Awards, while Neil Patrick Harris worked wonders as the host for the third year. But of course, the Broadway stars started celebrating their night immediately, beginning with the Plaza's official Tony Awards afterparty.
The Daily Meal got a peek at the preparations to the official party when The Palm Court was transformed from preppy tea room to a darkened dance party (sighted: Josh Grobin and Paul Rudd).
The Todd English Food Hall, as well as the newly-opened Plaza Food Hall, opened their doors for guests, where we spotted Once star Steve Kazee chatting it up with James Marsden (27 Dresses), plus Amanda Seyfried and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Chef Todd English was also seen making the rounds at his eponymous food hall, keeping his eyes peeled for the cast of Rock of Ages and Book of Mormon. "The challenges are just to put out the food fast enough," he told us. "Last year I remember everybody was so hungry; 11 p.m. at night, and most of them haven't eaten anything."
So naturally, English's Food Hall served some 1,000 oysters, while The Plaza's executive chef, Robb Garceau rolled out 325 pounds of miniature barbecue short ribs, 2,000 empanadas, and 1,600 salmon ceviches.
Check out our slideshow to see all the prep work leading up to the 11 p.m. launch, as the Plaza transformed itself for the Tony Awards afterparty.