The Book of Mormon may have taken home buckets of trophies at the 65th annual Tony Awards. Neil Patrick Harris may have had everyone rolling in the aisles. But with Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley and other East End luminaries on the scene, the Hamptons were lighting up the Great White Way on Broadway’s biggest night.
As Dan’s Papers predicted, the show kicked off with a magic moment for producer Daryl Roth and playwright Larry Kramer when The Normal Heart won for Best Revival of a Play. The 1985 AIDS drama also earned John Benjamin Hickey a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, as well as the Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play prize for Ellen Barkin. “It’s the proudest moment of my career,” Barkin said.
Christie Brinkley left her mark on the Tony Awards hours before the event even started. Having made her Broadway debut earlier this year as Roxie in the musical Chicago, Brinkley played the role of hero on Sunday morning, OK! Magazine reported, helping a young woman who fainted at the Audemars Piguet Green Room and Gift Suite at the Beacon Hotel in NYC. “Christie gave instructions telling the girl to keep her head still and not to get up and even helped to place a pillow under her legs as they waited for the paramedics to arrive,” a witness told OK!
Brinkley later had heads snapping as she arrived on the red carpet, and was easily the night’s most stunning presenter. She even had a big moment backstage, winning a solid gold, diamond-encrusted watch in a contest for celebrity presenters, run by Piaget. Of course, she’ll have to set it five hours ahead when she heads across the pond to play Roxie on London’s East End in a four-week run starting July 11. Hurry back, Christie—summer in the Hamptons won’t be the same without you.