The show—hosted by Rosie O'Donnell and broadcast live for one hour on PBS and two on CBS—was also a time for some stars to tone down. Natasha Richardson, who took home a statuette for her role in Cabaret, vowed to celebrate not with champagne but "a glass of Perrier." And when Alec Baldwin's wife, Kim Basinger, stayed home with their daughter, who had a cold, he invited his niece, Jessica, 20, in her place. (Her first question: "Is Leonardo DiCaprio going to be there?" Answer: Nope.)
Afterward guests migrated to the Marriott Marquis, where they dined (on coq au vin), danced (to show tunes) and doted (on anyone involved with Best Musical winner The Lion King). Baldwin, for one, was sure he'd return next year. "I'm a Tony whore," he said. "I'd serve refreshments if they wanted me to."