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Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

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To borrow the lyrics from "The Best of Times" - the joy was contagious, the entourage outrageous, it was hot and hectic, effervescent and eclectic at LA CAGE AUX FOLLES when, on Sunday, April 18, 2010, the cast made its way to the stage for the traditional Gypsy Robe Ceremony just prior to the musical's official opening later that evening.

The drapes on the large windows in the mezzanine of the newly restored Longacre Theater were open and the early evening sun shone through. The house was empty, save for a few ushers and staff, while the company -cast and crew - of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES gathered onstage. The Cagelles - tall, graceful and in various stages of makeup and wigs - were there (Nick Adams, Nicholas Cunningham, Sean Patrick Doyle, Logan Keslar, Terry Lavell, Todd Lattimore, Christophe Cabllero). Yurel Echezarreta, a Cagelle who is out of the show until June with an injury, was also among the cast. Kelsey Grammar, Douglas Hodge, Fred Applegate, Robin de Jesus, Chris Hoch, A.J. Shively and Veanne Cox stood whispering with Christine Andreas, Cheryl Stern, Heather Lindell, David Nathan Perlow, Caitlin Mundth, and Dale Hensley. It was, as the lyrics said, contagious joy as Jim Borstelmann, who received the robe a few days earlier for THE ADDAMS FAMILY, announced Dale Hensely ( who has the 2004 revival of LA CAGE among his Broadway chorus credits, along with THE DROWSEY CHAPERONE, SUNSET BOULEVARD, GUYS & DOLLS, and ANYTHING GOES) as the newest robe recipient.

LA CAGE cast members Elena Shaddow, who received the robe for THE WOMAN IN WHITE and Bill Nolte (JAYNE EYRE and JOSEPEH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT) were among the former robe recipients who were on hand to celebrate the long standing tradition of the GYPSY ROBE. Joining them were Tommar Wilson (HAIR), John Cashman ( SMITH), Roger Preston Smith (PETER PAN), Eileen Casey (MARILYN), Adrian Baily (THE LITTLE MERMAID, JELLY'S LAST JAM, LEGS DIAMOND and PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK) Merwyn Foard, who received it for the 2004 revival of LA CAGE and ASSASSINS. Foard and Bailey (another 2004 LA CAGE cast member) were among the first to congratulate Hensley. Also on hand for the ceremony was Carol Waaser, Third Vice President Ira Mont, National Chorus Business Rep David Westphal, Gypsy Robe volunteer Terry Marrone and robe historian Gloria Rosenthal.

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.

The Robe from the 2003-2004 season is now housed in the Orlando office and members can stop by to view the Robe during business hours. In the coming year, the Los Angeles and new Chicago office will have their own Gypsy Robes for display. Periodically, the Robes will be rotated so members may have the chance to see various Robes. Robes are also on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, The Museum of the City of New York and the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jim Bortselmann (Gypsy Robe Winner - THE ADDAMS FAMILY)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jim Bortselmann (Gypsy Robe Winner - THE ADDAMS FAMILY) & Historian Gloria Rosenthal

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jim Bortselmann (Gypsy Robe Winner - THE ADDAMS FAMILY) & Historian Gloria Rosenthal

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast members making their Broadway Debuts

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Adrian Bailey, Merwin Foard, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Robe Winner - La Cage)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cheryl Stern & Robin de Jesus

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
The Ceremony begins ...

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jim Bortselmann and Dale Hensley

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & David Westphal (Actors Equity)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & David Westphal (Actors Equity)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & David Westphal (Actors Equity)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer & Sonia Friedman

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Veanne Cox, Logan Keslar, Todd Tattimore, Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams, Fred Applegate, Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Veanne Cox, Logan Keslar, Todd Tattimore, Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Christine Addreas, Veanne Cox, Logan Keslar, Todd Tattimore, Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Hodge

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Hodge

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Christine Addreas, Veanne Cox, Logan Keslar, Todd Tattimore, Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Christine Addreas, Veanne Cox, Logan Keslar, Todd Tattimore, Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams, Kelsey Grammer, Fred Applegate, Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ensemble cast feauring: Sean Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Cunningham, David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams, Kelsey Grammer, Fred Applegate, Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christophe Caballero, Jim Byk, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with ensemble cast inclusing Veanne Cox, Sean Patrick Doyle & David Nathan Perlow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with ensemble cast inclusing Veanne Cox, Sean Patrick Doyle & David Nathan Perlow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with ensemble cast including Douglas Hodge & A.J. Shively

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christophe Caballero, Jim Byk, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with ensemble cast including Veanne Cox, Sean Patrick Doyle & David Nathan Perlow, Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with ensemble cast including Douglas Hodge, A.J. Shively & Chris Hoch

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christophe Caballero, Jim Byk, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christophe Caballero, Jim Byk, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christophe Caballero, Jim Byk, Kelsey Grammer, Sonia Friedman, David Babani, Terry Johnson

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage)

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Christina Andreas

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Christina Andreas

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Christina Andreas

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Christina Andreas

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Robin de Jesus

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Robin de Jesus

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Sean Patrick Doyle

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Sean Patrick Doyle

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Robe Winner - La Cage Aux Folles) & Sean Patrick Doyle

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Robe Winner - La Cage Aux Folles) & Sean Patrick Doyle

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christina Andreas, Bill Nolte, Cheryl Stern & Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christina Andreas, Bill Nolte, Cheryl Stern & Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) with Christina Andreas, Bill Nolte, Cheryl Stern & Elena Shaddow

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA Acting President Paige Price, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage), 3rd VP Ira Mont

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
AEA Acting President Paige Price, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage), 3rd VP Ira Mont

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Douglas Hodge

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Douglas Hodge

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kelsey Grammer, Dale Hensley (Gypsy Winner- La Cage) & Douglas Hodge

Photo Coverage: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES 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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