Dispatch: Tony Awards Week

June 21, 2012 | by —JEFFREY SLONIM
photography by Leandro Justen/patrickmcmullan.com (Guest); Kevin Mazur/gettyimages.com (Chastain); Stephen Lovekin/gettyimages.com (Light); Johnny Nunez/gettyimages.com (Ice-T) | Homepage

FROM LEFT: Jessica Chastain and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Judith Light and Audra McDonald at the Tony Awards

2012 Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre
At the Tony Awards, Laura Bell Bundy, who played Elle Woods in Legally Blonde on Broadway, told Dispatches that her dress had come with a “good-looking gay man” to carry the train. Jessie Mueller from On a Clear Day You Can See Forever said that Sandra Bullock had come backstage to see Harry Connick Jr. And just before I spoke to Sheryl Crow, her people asked me not to bring up her brain tumor. Of course, I had no idea that she had one until they said it. She seemed as upbeat as usual. 

Jessica Chastain had on a dress by Mario Schwab that photographed nude, although, she was covered by a flesh tone body stocking and a few sequins. Matthew Morrison walked down Broadway, the street, not on the red-carpet, and had the fans cheering at a high volume from behind stanchions across the street and from the windows of giant viewing parties.

Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) has the exact same nose as her brother, Andrew (Newsies). And backstage, after she picked up her Tony for Porgy and Bess, Audra McDonald was understandably rushing her interviews. She said that she’d been dieting for a week, and she couldn’t wait for a thin-crust Domino's pizza with pepperoni, black olives, and sausage.

Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T at Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap premiere

The Art of Rap and Simple Pleasures
Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a documentary produced by Ice-T, debuted on June 12. He told Dispatches, “I’m watching the weatherman rap. And at some point, people lose where it comes from.”   

Inside Alice Tully Hall, it was taking a while for all the classic rappers to get seated until Ice-T took the mic and said, with much charm, “Sit your black ass down!”  

And on Thursday, Estée Lauder Group president John Demsey fêted Cornelia Guest’s new book, Simple Pleasures, about entertaining healthfully. She apparently still owns Templeton, the family estate in Old Westbury, “It’s for sale,” Guest told Dispatches. And does she cook a lot? “I do,” she said. “But I’m not a chef.” Demsey has a sensational townhouse. The living room is bright red, and nearly every inch of the walls are covered with large vintage photos, including a big black and white image of Andy Warhol and Liza Minnelli smooching on the lips.  

Cornelia Guest and Iris Apfel at Guest's book party

Kings of Vegas    
If you were wondering where the Los Angeles Kings whooped it up after winning the Stanley Cup, they checked into the Palms Fantasy Tower Sky Villa, 50 stories up at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The suite has a glass-enclosed Jacuzzi. No tiger.  

On Friday, the Kings hit Sensi at Bellagio for dinner and then Hyde. Servers had on L.A. Kings tank tops and ref skirts. “Eye of the Tiger” blasted as the DJ told the crowd, “Give it up for the L.A. Kings!”

The guys took turns raising the giant silver cup over their heads and then pouring beer into the mouths of fans. And before they were over-served, they tucked into a cake in the shape of . . . the Stanley Cup. FYI, the cup has a 1 AM curfew, so the players simply sent it home and partied on.

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