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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

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The company of Les Miserables just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ritual. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you full photo coverage below!

The Gypsy Robe began in 1950, when Bill Bradley, in the chorus of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, borrowed a dressing gown from Chorus member Florence Baum and sent it to a friend in CALL ME MADAM on opening night Oct 12, 1950 saying it was worn by all the Ziegfeld beauties and would "bless" the show. A cabbage rose from Ethel Merman's gown was added and the robe was passed along to next Broadway musical on opening night. The tradition evolved so that the robe is now presented to the "gypsy" who has performed the most Broadway musicals on a chorus contract. Along the way, the robe is decorated, painted, patched, stitched, and signed by everyone in the show, becoming a fanciful patchwork for an entire Broadway season.

Recognizing their cultural and historic value, Gypsy Robes can now be viewed at two of Equity's Offices. The National Headquarters in New York now houses two of the historic Robes. The second floor Audition Center's newly designed case displays the Robe from the 2006-2007 season, which was dedicated by the ACCA to the memory of Patrick Quinn. The 2007-2008 Robe, dedicated to Broadway veteran Adrian Bailey, can be viewed on the 14th floor Council lobby.

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA President Nick Wyman and Cliff Saunders

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Will Swenson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA President Nick Wyman and stage hand

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin" and Nikki M. James

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Keala Settle, AEA President Nick Wyman and Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Introduction

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo with Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company New York City.

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo, Cameron Mackintosh and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Terance Cedric Reddick and Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA President Nick Wyman with Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA President Nick Wyman and Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Producer Cameron Mackintosh and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cameron Mackintosh and Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cameron Mackintosh with a prop Brick from the original production

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cameron Mackintosh

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cameron Mackintosh

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell presented with gifts from the Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell presented with gifts from the Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Best wishes card from Facebook Fans

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
The Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
The Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Arbender J. Robinson

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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