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Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

On Thursday night, November 4, the company of WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN celebrated their opening night with the Gypsy Robe ritual.  The company's recipient was Julio Agustin.  BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you 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.

Lincoln Center Theater's production of the new musical WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar, with a book by Jeffrey Lane, music and lyrics by David Yazbek and direction by Bartlett Sher opened last night November 4 at The Belasco Theatre on Broadway 111 West 44 Street.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos

 

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys"

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys"

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
David Westphal, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient & JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys"

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
David Westphal, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient & JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys"

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Danny Burstein, Sherie Rene Scott, Pedro Almodovar, Brian Stokes Mitchell & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Danny Burstein, Sherie Rene Scott & Pedro Almodovar

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Justin Guarini, Patti LuPone & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient & David Yazbek, Sherie Rene Scott, De'Adre Aziza, Pedro Almodovar & Bartlett Sher

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Danny Burstein, Pedro Almodovar & Bartlett Sher

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with De'Adre Aziza, Pedro Almodovar, Brian Stokes Mitchell & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Danny Burstein, Sherie Rene Scott, Pedro Almodovar, Bartlett Sher & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
David Yazbek

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Justin Guarini, Patti LuPone & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Mary Beth Peil & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Justin Guarini, Patti LuPone & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Justin Guarini, Patti LuPone & cast

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient & Nick Wyman AEA President

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient & Nick Wyman AEA President

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient with Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Justin Guarini & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient with Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Justin Guarini & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient with Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Justin Guarini & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient with Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Sherie Rene Scott, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone, Justin Guarini & Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Bartlett Sher

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Bartlett Sher, Pedro Almodovar, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient & David Yazbek

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Brian Stokes Mitchell

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Pedro Almodovar & Brian Stokes Mitchell

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Betsy Wolfe Gypsy Winner- EVERYDAY RAPTURE & Sherie Rene Scott

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini & Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini & Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini & Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini & Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys" with Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
JC Montgomery Gypsy Robe Receipient for "Scottsboro Boys" with Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Laura Benanti

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Danny Burstein

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Danny Burstein, Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient & Mary Beth Peil

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Justin Guarini & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Recepient with Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Brian Stokes Mitchell & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Brian Stokes Mitchell & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Brian Stokes Mitchell & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
Patti LuPone & Julio Agustin Gypsy Robe Receipient

Photo Coverage: Gypsy Robe Ceremony for WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

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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.