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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

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 NEWSIES cast member Aaron J. Albano at the Nederlander 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.

Tickets are available for purchase through NewsiesTheMusical.com, by calling Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717 , or in person at the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 W. 41st Street). The Nederlander Theatre box office will be open Monday through Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm through March 11th. Beginning March 12th box office hours will be Monday through Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday 11:00am - 7:00pm.

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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Tommy Bracco, Ben Fankhauser, Alex Wong, Kyle Coffman, Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Tommy Bracco, Ben Fankhauser, Alex Wong, Kyle Coffman, Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Tommy Bracco, Ben Fankhauser, Alex Wong, Kyle Coffman, Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Tommy Bracco, Ben Fankhauser, Alex Wong, Kyle Coffman, Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

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Aaron J. Albano with Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Capathia Jenkins

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano & Recipient Mark Cassius from Jesus Christ Superstar

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Aaron J. Albano with Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Ben Fankhauser, Tommy Bracco, Alex Wong, Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan, Capathia Jenkins & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Aaron J. Albano with Harvey Fierstein & Company

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Aaron J. Albano with Tommy Bracco & Company

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Aaron J. Albano with Andy Richardson, Kara Lindsay, Jeremy Jordan & Company

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Aaron J. Albano & Company

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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ben Fankhauser, Kara Lindsay, Aaron J. Albano, Jeremy Jordan, Lewis Grosso, Andrew Keenan-Bolger & Matthew J. Schechter

Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: Inside the NEWSIES 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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