Photo Coverage: Drowsy Chaperone's Gypsy Robe Ceremony

May 2
7:05 PM 2006
Patrick Wetzel was chosen as The Drowsy Chaperone's winner of the Gypsy Robe. A ceremony was held at the opening night of the dance musical on May 1st; the show is playing the Marquis Theatre.

The colorful Gypsy Robe, embellished with mementos from Broadway musicals, is presented to the cast member who has the most Broadway chorus credits. Wetzel's previous Broadway credits include Thou Shalt Not, Annie Get Your Gun and Ain't Broadway Grand.

The Drowsy Chaperone features Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, as well as Danny Burstein, Georgia Engel, Edward Hibbert, Eddie Korbich, Beth Leavel, Kecia Lewis-Evans, Bob Martin, and more. The show is a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award-nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot), with music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar. "To chase his blues away, a modern day musical theatre addict known simply as 'Man in Chair' drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. From the crackle of his hi-fi, the uproariously funny musical magically bursts to life on stage. Man in Chair's infectious love of The Drowsy Chaperone speaks to anyone who has ever been transported by the theater," according to press notes.

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Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Ramon Flowers (previous Gypsy Robe winner for Hot Feet) and Actor's Equity's Alan Eisenberg

Ramon Flowers and the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone

Ramon Flowers and new Gypsy Robe winner Patrick Wetzel

Ramon Flowers and Patrick Wetzel

Ramon Flowers, Patrick Wetzel and Georgia Engel

Ramon Flowers and Patrick Wetzel

Sutton Foster

Patrick Wetzel and cast members of The Drowsy Chaperone

Ramon Flowers, Patrick Wetzel and Georgia Engel

Alan Eisenberg, Patrick Wetzel and Patrick Quinn

Jennifer Smith

The marquee for The Drowsy Chaperone

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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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