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Luckily, There Were No Mormon Riots At the Eventi Hotel

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June 14, 2011 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Broadway is not just for gays anymore," sang Neil Patrick Harris at the opening number of Sunday night's Tony Awards (Harris then ripped off his tuxedo to reveal a sparkling purple jumpsuit with yellow silk necktie).

And neither was the Eventi Hotel on Sunday night, when the entire Book Of Mormons cast turned up to celebrate their major win (nine awards), and first Broadway success for South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. And the carousing went well into the night, with the last of the well-"oiled" group leaving the hotel around 4:30am.

Nikki M. James, the show's sole acting winner, made the biggest entrance to the mobbed scene, which was almost entirely attended by "cast, crew and their friends and families"—supposedly around 200 guests. We think Bar Basque could easily hold an entire theater's worth of people, considering how cavernous the space-ship-like lounge really is. The terrace alone is the equivalent of five suites! Hollywood Reporter gave the lowdown:

"Given the limited seating at the Beacon Theatre, where this year’s Tony ceremony was held, most of the 27-member ensemble watched the awards at a viewing party at the hotel, so they were suitably oiled and ready to revel by the time nominees and winners joined them after the show.

'Anne Garefino loves to throw a party and she threw a damn good one,' said a rep for the production, speaking about the South Park executive producer who shares lead producer duties on Mormon with Scott Rudin.

The party occupied the entire floor and spilled onto an outdoor deck, with a DJ mixing dance tunes for some 200 guests who celebrated until after 4:30 a.m. A giant projection of the already iconic Book of Mormon logo (featuring a doorbell and an airborne missionary) was splashed across the façade of the building opposite.

Garefino probably chose the right place. While the Ace Hotel has been known to host well-attended events in the past, their wide-open lobby bar is less private, less ritzy, and, frankly, much less gay. During a post-ceremony interview with Parker and Stone, the duo confessed their next move after the big win was to "probably start drinking a lot more."

Sounds like they made that goal a reality.

[Photo: HollywoodReporter]

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