Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe

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Actors Equity held a celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Gypsy Robe on Monday night, October 25th at Sequoia on Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport where past gypsy robe winners came back to reminisce and to celebrate. 

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 fourteenth floor Council lobby.

Photos by Walter McBride / WM Photos

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
The Evening Atmosphere at South Street Seaport

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Melissa Robinette (ACCA)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Frank Stancati (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Joanne Borts (ACCA) & David Westphal (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Joanne Borts (ACCA) & Frank Stancati (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
David Lotz (Staff), James Dybas (Gypsy Robe Winner-PACIFIC OVERTURES-1976, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL-1997), Joanne Borts (ACCA) & David Westphal (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Jennifer Smith (Gypsy Robe Winner-ONCE UPON A MATTRESS-1996, HIGH SOCIETY-1998, THE PRODUCERS-2001), Richard Korthaze (Gypsy Robe Winner- HOW TO SUCCEED...-1961), Carol Estey (Staff), Adesola Osakalumi (Gypsy Robe Winner-FELA-2010)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Jennifer Smith (Gypsy Robe Winner-ONCE UPON A MATTRESS-1996, HIGH SOCIETY-1998, THE PRODUCERS-2001), Richard Korthaze (Gypsy Robe Winner- HOW TO SUCCEED...-1961), Carol Estey (Staff), Adesola Osakalumi (Gypsy Robe Winner-FELA-2010)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Melissa Robinett (ACCA), Judine Somerville (Gypsy Robe Winner-HAIRSPRAY), Adesola Osakalumi (Gypsy Robe Winner-FELA-2001) & Kristine Nevins (ACCA)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Carmen Ruby Floyd (Gypsy Robe Winner-AVENUE Q-2003), Joanne Borts (Staff) & Erin Quill

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
James Dybas (Gypsy Robe Winner-PACIFIC OVERTURES-1976, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL-1997) & Joanne Borts (Staff) & Martial Roumain (THE WIZ-1984)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Barbara Newman (Gypsy Robe Winner SMILE - 1986) & husband Billy Brown

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Barbara Newman (Gypsy Robe Winner SMILE - 1986) & husband Billy Brown

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Barbara Newman (Gypsy Robe Winner SMILE - 1986) & Frank Stancati (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
David Lotz (Staff), James Dybas (Gypsy Robe Winner) , David Westphal (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
James Dybas (Gypsy Robe Winner-PACIFIC OVERTURES-1976, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL-1997) & Joanne Borts (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Joanne Borts (ACCA) & David Westphal (Staff)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Nick Wyman (AEA President), Rebecca Kim Jordan (AEA Second V.P.,chair of ACCA), Melissa Robinette (ACCA) & Carol Waaser (AEA Acting E.D.)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Nick Wyman (AEA President), Rebecca Kim Jordan (AEA Second V.P.,chair of ACCA), Melissa Robinette (ACCA) & Carol Waaser (AEA Acting E.D.)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Tommar Wilson (Gypsy Robe Winner - HAIR - 2009), Nikki Renee Daniels (Gypsy Robe Winner - LES MIZ - 2006), Nick Wyman (AEA President) & Pi Douglass (Gypsy Robe Winner - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR-1971, THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT - 1972, THE WIZ - 1975)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Sharon Wilkins, Pi Douglass (Gypsy Robe Winner- THE WIZ-1975), & Judine Somerville (Gypsy Robe Winner-HAIRSPRAY-2002)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Frank Stancati (Staff), Rebecca Kim Jordan (AEA 2nd V.P. Chair, ACCA) & Kristine Nevins (ACCA)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Denise Pence (Guest), Melissa Robinette (ACCA) & Steven Boockvor (Gypsy Robe Winner - "THE FIRST" - 1981)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Robin Haynes (Gypsy Winner-BLOOD BROTHERS) & Melissa Robinette (ACCA)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Carmen Ruby Floyd (Gypsy Robe Winner-AVENUE Q-2003),Adesola Osakaluma (Gypsy Robe Winner- FELA-2010), Loretta Abbott (Gypsy Robe Winner-PURLIE-1970) & Judine Somerville (Gypsy Robe Winner-HAIRSPRAY-2002)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Michelle Kittrell (Gypsy Robe Winner-URBAN COWBOY-2003, ALL SHOOK UP-2005, LEGALLY BLONDE-2007) & Jennifer Cody (Gypsy Robe Winner-URINETOWN-2001, SHREK-2008)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
Michelle Kittrell (Gypsy Robe Winner-URBAN COWBOY-2003, ALL SHOOK UP-2005, LEGALLY BLONDE-2007) & Jennifer Cody (Gypsy Robe Winner-URINETOWN-2001, SHREK-2008)

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
The Gypsy Robe Winners - Alumini Group shot

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe
The Evening Atmosphere at South Street Seaport

Photo Coverage: 60th Anniversary Party for the Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe

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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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