Photo Coverage: In Our Time Gypsy Robe Event

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A press rehearsal was recently held for "The Gypsy Robe - In Our Time," which was presented by Actors' Equity on Monday, February 12, 2007 at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium.

Staged by A. Wellington Perkins and Pi Douglass, "In Our Time" honored African-American chorus actors who have received the Gypsy Robe, a time-honored opening night tradition among the chorus of Broadway musicals, and the many contributions African American performers have made to the American theater. The evening was co-sponsored by the League of Professional Theater Women to celebrate Black History month.

EEO Committee Co-Chairs Christine Toy Johnson and Julia Breanetta Simpson and ACCA Vice-Chair Thomas Jay Miller narrated the colorful pageant, which showed off six of the legendary Gypsy Robes. With words and music, the show intertwined the history of the robe while retracing the history of African-American performers and shows on Broadway. Onstage, the stellar line-up of former robe recipients included Nikki Renee Daniels (Les Miserables- 2006), Ramon Flowers (Hot Feet - 2006), Tim Hunter (Fascinating Rhythm - 1999), T. Oliver Reid (The Wedding Singer - 2006), Judine Somerville (Hairspray - 2002), Lynn Sterling (The Life - 1997), Gwen Stewart (Rent - 1996), and Brynn Williams (In My Life - 2005). Joining them were AEA members Daria Hardeman, Stacey Haughton, Tyson Jennette, Harrison Lee, Vicky Nitchie, Richard Waits and Steven Ward. Attending the event were Martial Roumain (The Wiz - 1984), Yolanda Graves (Uptown...It's Hot - 1986), Deidre Goodwin (The Rocky Horror Show - 2000), Devin Richards (Jesus Christ Superstar - 2000) The Musical Director was William McDaniel.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

 


Gypsy Robes


William McDaniel

 
Daniel Schubmehl


Julia Breanetta Simpson and Christine Toy Johnson


Julia Breanetta Simpson


Vicky Nitchie and Julia Breanetta Simpson


Vicky Nitchie, Christine Toy Johnson and Tyson Jennette


Tyson Jennette


Stacey Haughton


Ramon Flowers, Stacey Haughton and A. Wellington Perkins (Director)


Thomas Jay Miller, Stacey Haughton, Judine Somerville & A. Wellington Perkins


Gwen Stewart & Richard Waits with A. Wellington Perkins


Vicky Nitchie, Brynn Williams & Tyson Jennette with A. Wellington Perkins


Judine Somerville, Pi Douglass, Stacey Haughton and A. Wellington Perkins


Vicky Nitchie, Brynn Williams and Tyson Jennette with A. Wellington Perkins


Nikki Renee Daniels and Brynn Williams with the cast


Brynn Williams


Brynn Williams


A. Wellington Perkins and cast


 Vicky Nitchie and Tyson Jennette


 Vicky Nitchie and Tyson Jennette


Gwen Stewart and Richard Waits


Ramon Flowers and Tyson Jennette


Ramon Flowers and Tyson Jennette


Ramon Flowers and Tim Hunter


Ramon Flowers and Tim Hunter


The cast


Ramon Flowers


Nikki Renee Daniels, Ramon Flowers and Brynn Williams


Nikki Renee Daniels, Ramon Flowers and Brynn Williams


Tyson Jennette


Tyson Jennette


Harrison Lee


Harrison Lee


Vicky Nitchie


Vicky Nitchie


Gwen Stewart


Gwen Stewart


Richard Waits


Richard Waits


Richard Waits, Gwen Stewart, Vicky Nitchie, Tyson Jennette, Lynn Sterling and Harrison Lee

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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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