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Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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On November 15, the company of Scandalous celebrated their opening night with the Gypsy Robe ritual with the company's recipient Carlos L. Encinias. 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 fourteenth floor Council lobby.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Dennis Stowe (recipient for Leap of Faith) & Lorin Latarro

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Making their Broadway debuts: Billie Wildrick, Hannah Florence & Matt Wolfe

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Dan'yelle Williamson

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
George Hearn

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Eric Sciotto recipient for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Eric Sciotto recipient for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Eric Sciotto recipient for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Andrew Samonsky & George Hearn

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias with Lorin Latarro & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Wolfe

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carolee Carmello

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Eric Sciotto recipient for 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', Carlos L. Encinias & David Westphal

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & David Westphal

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & David Westphal

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Wolfe

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Wolfe

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias with Lorin Latarro & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company 

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Company

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
George Hearn & Carlos L. Encinias

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Lorin Latarro

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Edward Watts

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
AEA Eastern Regional Director Thomas Carpenter; AEA Eastern Regional VP Melissa RobinetteCarlos L. Encinias - Gypsy Robe¨ recipient for Scandalous; AEA 2nd VP Rebecca Kim Jordan, AEA President Nick Wyman

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carolee Carmello, George Hearn & Carlos L. Encinias

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Carlos L. Encinias & Compan

Photo Coverage Exclusive: Inside the SCANDALOUS Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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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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