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Photo Coverage: Legally Blonde Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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Michelle Kittrell was chosen as Legally Blonde's winner of the Gypsy Robe.  Kittrell plays Cece, and understudies the roles of Brooke Wyndham and Shandi, in the musical, which opened on April 29th at the Palace Theatre.

The colorful Gypsy Robe, embellished with mementos from Broadway musicals, is presented to the cast member who has the most Broadway chorus credits. The Pirate Queen's Brian O'Brien was the last performers to be chosen as the Gypsy Robe winner. Kittrell's other Broadway credits include All Shook Up, Urban Cowboy, Hairspray, Sweet Smell of Success, Seussical, Footloose and Grease.

Heading the cast of Legally Blonde is Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods. Joining her are Christian Borle as Emmett, Orfeh as Paulette, Richard H. Blake as Warner, Kate Shindle as Vivienne, Nikki Snelson as Brooke and Michael Rupert as Professor Callahan. At the helm of the creative team of Legally Blonde is Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, who makes his Broadway directorial debut and will also choreograph. Music and lyrics are by both Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, and the book is by Heather Hach. James Sampliner serves as music director.

"Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take 'no' for an answer.  So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone more "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style," state press materials.

Visit www.legallyblondethemusical.com for more information and tickets.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

 
Laura Bell Bundy


Laura Bell Bundy


Laura Bell Bundy and Richard H. Blake


Christian Borle


Michael Rupert


Gypsy Robe winners David Eggers (Curtains), Brian O'Brien (The Pirate Queen), Krysta Rodriquez (Spring Awakening) and Paul Castree (High Fidelity)


David Eggers, Brian O'Brien, Krysta Rodriguez and Paul Castree


Equity Vice President Jean-Paul Richard (2nd Vice President and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs) with Dr. Phillip Bauman and daughter


Jean-Paul Richard


Equity Vice President Jean-Paul Richard (2nd Vice President and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs) with Brian O'Brien (The Pirate Queen) and Brynn Williams (In My Life)


Brian O'Brien


Brian O'Brien, Emily Hsu (Past Gypsy Robe winner), Brynn Williams and David Eggers


Michelle Kittrell (Gypsy Robe Winner, Legally Blonde) with Laura Bell Bundy and cast members


Michelle Kittrell


Michelle Kittrell and Brian O'Brien


Michelle Kittrell and Brian O'Brien


Michelle Kittrell and Brian O'Brien


Michelle Kittrell with Christian Borle and Legally Blonde cast members


Michelle Kittrell


Michelle Kittrell


Michelle Kittrell


Michelle Kittrell


Christian Borle and Michelle Kittrell


Christian Borle and Michelle Kittrell


Michelle Kittrell and Michael Rupert


Michelle Kittrell and Michael Rupert


Jerry Mitchell and Michelle Kittrell


Jerry Mitchell and Michelle Kittrell


Jerry Mitchell and cast


Jerry Mitchell with Rod Harrelson and Richard H. Blake


Jerry Mitchell

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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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