Harvey Evans, Lisa Gajda & Eric Sciotto Featured on 'Gypsy Robe' Episode of THE ENSEMBLIST Podcast
The Gypsy Robe ceremony is perhaps one of Broadway's most-loved but least-heralded traditions. The Gypsy Robe and its ceremony have become an iconic representation of a Broadway ensemblist. The ceremony takes place on opening night of every new Broadway musical with a chorus. During this ceremony, shrouded in mystique and lore, the chorus member with the most Broadway credits is bestowed the honor of the Gypsy Robe.
Harvey Evans first performed on Broadway in 1957, when was asked by Bob Fosse to join the company of his new musical New Girl in Town. He went on to perform in 14 Broadway shows, including the original companies of West Side Story, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly! and Follies. He has won the Gypsy Robe twice, for Sunset Boulevard in 1994 and Oklahoma! in 2002.
Lisa Gajda has won the Gypsy Robe more than any other actor on record. In her 17 Broadway shows, she has won the Robe six times: Taboo, The Times They Are A-Changin', Cry-Baby, Finian's Rainbow, Elf and Chaplin.
With 11 Broadway shows to his credit, Eric Sciotto has won the Gypsy Robe for three shows: Pal Joey, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. On this episode of The Ensemblist, Sciotto shares his first Gypsy Robe win was the result of a particularly gracious castmate.
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