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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT 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, on April 24 the robe was presented to NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT "gypsy" Cameron Adams

At the song and dance ceremony, cast members who were making their Broadway debuts were acknowledged at the center of the stage.

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.

The new musical comedy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro, opened last night, April 24 at Broadway's Imperial Theatre. NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT stars two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick and three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara and is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall. To catch NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT on Broadway, visit www.niceworkonbroadway.com.

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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
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Cameron Adam

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Photo Coverage: NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT 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.