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HBO’s acclaimed period drama “Boardwalk Empire” returns Sept. 7, for one final season, and at Minton + The Cecil in Harlem, the show was given a truly special farewell soiree. The stars were out for “Boardwalk Backroom,” a private fete at the legendary Minton +The Cecil that featured the sights and sounds of a prohibition-era supper club. “Boardwalk” stars Michael K. Williams and Margot Bingham were on-hand to meet and greet all in attendance, with Bingham taking the stage to showcase her beautiful voice and wow the crowd with jazz standards.

“My character, Daughter, has grown a lot since last season,” she explained. “It’s been such a ride, sharing the screen with actors like Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael K. — I’m so honored to have been part of this experience.”

Business mogul Dick Parsons, as well as Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood of “The Following” were among the famous faces in the crowd, mingling and soaking up the sights and sounds. The event was split into several theme rooms, with guests being treated to Bingham’s vintage performance at Minton’s, while partygoers jammed to DJ D-Nice on the ones and twos at The Cecil next door.

Williams, who plays racketeer and community leader Chalky White on the show, shared just how hard it is to say goodbye to the character he’s embodied for five seasons.

“It’s very bittersweet,” Williams admitted. “This has been a remarkable show and a remarkable journey and I think this final season is going to be a rewarding one for fans. It was hard to say goodbye to Chalky.”

Fans are sad to see “Boardwalk Empire” come to an end, but if you’ve gotta go — go with some style.

 

The fifth and final season of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ from HBO premieres this Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

 

Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.