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Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

December 7
11:22 AM 2011

A long-standing opening night tradition on the Great White Way, the fabled Gypsy Robe is bestowed upon a veteran Broadway chorus member for each opening production. In what has now become a theatrical ritual, originating on Broadway 60 years ago, the latest receipient was BONNIE & CLYDE cast member Tad Wilson at the Schoenberg Theatre in New York City.

At the song and dance ceremony, cast members who were making their Broadway debuts were acknowledged at the center of the stage, and then Kobak proceeded to circle the room in the robe in celebration with the entire cast.

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.

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Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
FOLLIES Recepient Jennifer Foote

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
FOLLIES Recepient Jennifer Foote

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
FOLLIES Recepient Jennifer Foote

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Claybourne Elder & Louis Hobson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
FOLLIES Recepient Jennifer Foote & Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jennifer Foote & Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jennifer Foote & Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Company Members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson (BONNIE & CLYDE Recepient)

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
FOLLIES Recepient Jennifer Foote & BONNIE & CLYDE Recepient Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Claybourne Elder

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with cast members

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Company Cast Members

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan & Laura Osnes

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilsonwith Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Melissa van der Schyff

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Laura Osnes, Melissa van der Schyff, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson with Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Melissa van der Schyff, Claybourne Elder & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeremy Jordan

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: Inside the BONNIE & CLYDE Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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