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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

Broadway's new musical comedy DISASTER!, directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, officially opened last night, March 8, 2016, for a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2016. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Below, check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Paul Castree with the company!

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.

Castree's Broadway credits include: 9 to 5, Young Frankenstein, High Fidelity, All Shook Up, Movin' Out, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Grease! National tour: Joseph...Dreamcoat. NYC Opera: The Most Happy Fella. L.A. Ovation, Dora Award winner.

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Seth Rudetsky and Faith Prince

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Seth Rudetsky and Faith Prince

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Baylee Littrell

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeffrey Schecter, from 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeffrey Schecter, from 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeffrey Schecter, from 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jeffrey Schecter, from 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Travis Kent, Faith Prince, Kerry Butler, Maggie McDowell and Adam Pascal

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Broadway debuts: Baylee Littrell, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip, Travis Kent and Lacretta Nicole d

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Faith Prince, Baylee Littrell, Rachel York, Kerry Butler and Maggie McDowell

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Manoel Felciano and JoAnn M. Hunter

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castree with the cast cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castre with the cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
David Westphal and Paul Castree

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castre with Kerry Butler, Adam Pascal and the cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Max Crumm, Jennifer Simard, Olivia Phillip, Travis Kent and Seth Rudetsky

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Seth Rudetsky with Paul Castree

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Maggie McDowell, Casey Garvin, Paul Castree, Travis Kent, Olivia Phillip and Catherine Ricafort during the Broadway Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Paul Castree for 'Disaster!' at Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016 in New York City.

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
The cast and creatives

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castree

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castre

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside DISASTER!'s Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Paul Castre



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