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Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the new Broadway musical THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, starring two time Tony® Award-winner Donna Murphy, directed by Leonard Foglia. THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE features book & lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart and music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler which opened on April 28, 2011. 

 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 PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE cast member Shannon Lewis received the Gypsy Robe and BroadwayWorld was there for the celebration.

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

The cast also features Alexander Gemignani (Moishe), Christopher Innvar (Chaim), Nicole Parker(Red), Rachel Resheff (Jenny), Hal Robinson (Doovie, Rabbi Velvel), Lewis J. Stadlen (Avram Krinsky), Joyce Van Patten (Chayesel), Chip Zien (Yossie Pinsker), Brad BradleyRachel Bress,Jeremy DavisEmilee DupreMaya GoldmanLouis HobsonShannon LewisJessica Lea Patty,Andie MechanicMegan ReinkingJeffrey Schecter and Paul Anthony Stewart.

Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through June 19th, 2011.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd. 

Photo Coverage: THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE Gypsy Robe Ceremony

Photo Coverage: THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Theatre Marquee Opening Night Gypsy Robe Ceremony celebrating Recipient Shannon Lewis for 'The People In The Picture' in New York City.

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Kevin Ligon & David Westphal (Actor's Equity)

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Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act')

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Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act')

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Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act') & Jeffrey Schecter

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Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act') & Jeffrey Schecter

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Lewis J. Stadlen & Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act')

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Kevin Ligon (Gypsy Recipient- 'Sister Act') & Lewis J. Stadlen

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Paul Anthony Stewart

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Paul Anthony Stewart

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Paul Anthony Stewart & Megan Reinking

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Paul Anthony Stewart & Megan Reinking

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Adrian Bailey & Donna Murphy

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Adrian Bailey & Donna Murphy

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Donna Murphy & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Donna Murphy & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Donna Murphy & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Chip Zien

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Paul Anthony Stewart

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Jeffrey Schecter, Rachel Resheff, Donna Murphy & Nicole Parker

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Shannon Lewis & Andy Blankenbuehler

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Broadway Debuts: Emilee Dupre & Rachel Resheff

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Broadway Debuts: Emilee Dupre & Rachel Resheff

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Paul Anthony Stewart

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Megan Reinking, Jeffrey Schecter, Rachel Resheff, Donna Murphy & Nicole Parker

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Shannon Lewis with Lewis J. Stadlen, Paul Anthony Stewart, Andy Blankenbuehler & Ensemble

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Shannon Lewis with Lewis J. Stadlen, Paul Anthony Stewart, Andy Blankenbuehler & Ensemble

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David Westphal (Actor's Equity), Kevin Ligon & Shannon Lewis

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David Westphal (Actor's Equity) & Shannon Lewis

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Shannon Lewis

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Shannon Lewis with Rachel Resheff & Donna Murphy

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Shannon Lewis with Jeffrey Schecter

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Hal Robinson, Joyce Van Patten, Shannon Lewis, Lewis J. Stadlen, Paul Anthony Stewart & Ensemble

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Hal Robinson, Joyce Van Patten, Shannon Lewis, Paul Anthony Stewart & Ensemble

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Shannon Lewis with Jeffrey Schecter

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Hal Robinson, Joyce Van Patten, Shannon Lewis, Lewis J. Stadlen, Paul Anthony Stewart & Ensemble

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Shannon Lewis with Jeffrey Schecter, Rachel Resheff & Donna Murphy

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Shannon Lewis

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Shannon Lewis

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Nick Wyman, Shannon Lewis & Actors Equity Executive Director Mary McColl

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Andy Blankenbuehler & Shannon Lewis

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Shannon Lewis & Andy Blankenbuehler

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Andy Blankenbuehler & Shannon Lewis

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Leonard Foglia & Shannon Lewis & Andy Blankenbuehler

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Leonard Foglia & Shannon Lewis & Andy Blankenbuehler

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Shannon Lewis & Todd Haimes

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Shannon Lewis & Todd Haimes

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Nicole Parker & Shannon Lewis

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Shannon Lewis & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Shannon Lewis & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Shannon Lewis & Paul Anthony Stewart

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Shannon Lewis & Chip Zien

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Shannon Lewis & Chip Zien

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Hal Robinson & Shannon Lewis & Joyce Van Patten

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Hal Robinson & Shannon Lewis & Joyce Van Patten

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Hal Robinson & Shannon Lewis & Joyce Van Patten

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Shannon Lewis & Donna Murphy

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Shannon Lewis & Donna Murphy

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Shannon Lewis & Donna Murphy

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Shannon Lewis

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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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