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Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON

BroadwayWorld was on hand for the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony at MISS SAIGON. Check out photos of recipient Catherine Ricafort with the company!

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 the 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.

Directed by Laurence Connor (the recent hit revival of LES MISERABLES, School of Rock), the Broadway return of Miss Saigon features four of its London stars, Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. The cast also includes Katie Rose Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy. Lianah Sta. Ana will play the role of Kim at certain performances.

MISS SAIGON tells the story of the last days of the Vietnam War, when 17 year-old Kim (Eva Noblezada) is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer (Jon Jon Briones). There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris (Alistair Brammer) but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he has fathered a son.

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Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
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Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Katie Rose Clarke, Eva Noblezada, Nicholas Christopher, Alistair Brammer, Devin Haw and Jon Jon Briones Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Cameron Mackintosh Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
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Katie Rose Clarke Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Nicholas Christopher Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Jon Jon Briones Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Katie Rose Clarke and Eva Noblezada Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Cameron Mackintosh Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Ericka Hunter and Warren Yang Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
The cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Cast members making their Broadway debut Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer and Eva Noblezada Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Nicholas Christopher, Alistair Brammer, Eva Noblezada and Katie Rose Clarke during The Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Catherine Ricafort for the New Broadway Production of "Miss Saigon" at the Broadway Theatre on March 23, 2017 in New York City Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Katie Rose Clarke, Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Katie Rose Clarke, Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort and cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort, MaryAnn Hu and David Westphal Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort and cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort and cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort and cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort and cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer and Nicholas Christopher Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Jon Jon Briones Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer, Catherine Ricafort and Eva Noblezada Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg, Catherine Ricafort and Cameron Mackintosh Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Alistair Brammer, Catherine Ricafort and Eva Noblezada Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
The cast Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
Catherine Ricafort Photo Coverage: Inside the Gypsy Robe Ceremony for MISS SAIGON
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