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Exclusive Photos: Inside the HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME Gypsy Robe Ceremony

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The company of Holler If Ya Hear Me just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ritual. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you full photo coverage below!

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, the 2007-2008 Gypsy Robe can now be viewed on the 14th floor Council lobby of Equity's National Headquarters in New York.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Saul Williams

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Ben Thompson and Christopher Jackson

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Ben Thompson and Christopher Jackson

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Dyllon Burnside, Tonya Pinkins and cast

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John Earl Jelks

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Ben Thompson and Christopher Jackson

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President Nick Wyman, Dyllon Burnside, Tonya Pinkins and cast

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Saul Williams with cast and guests

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Saul Williams

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Saul Williams

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Saul Williams

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Saul Williams (upper right) with fellow cast members making their Broadway debuts

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Saul Williams (upper right) with fellow cast members making their Broadway debuts

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Saul Williams (upper right) with fellow cast members making their Broadway debuts

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Saul Williams (upper right) with fellow cast members making their Broadway debuts

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Saul Williams (upper right) with fellow cast members making their Broadway debuts

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Ben Thompson and Christopher Jackson with cast and guests

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Tracee Beazer with cast and guests

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Andrea Goss, Tracee Beazer and David Westphal

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Tracee Beazer and AEA's David Westphal

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Tracee Beazer

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Dyllon Burnside, Tonya Pinkins, Tracee Beazer and cast

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Ben Thompson, Christopher Jackson and Tracee Beazer with cast

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Tonya Pinkins and Tracee Beazer with cast

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President Nick Wyman, Tracee Beazer and Tonya Pinkins

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Ben Thompson and Tracee Beazer

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Ben Thompson and Tracee Beazer

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Donald Webber Jr. and Tracee Beazer

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Donald Webber Jr. and Tracee Beazer

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Donald Webber Jr. and Tracee Beazer

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President Nick Wyman and Christopher Jackson and Tracee Beazer

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Christopher Jackson and Tracee Beazer

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John Earl Jelks and Tracee Beazer

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John Earl Jelks and Tracee Beazer

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Tracee Beazer

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Tracee Beazer

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Tracee Beazer

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Tracee Beazer

Holler If Ya Hear Me
Tracee Beazer

Holler If Ya Hear Me
Tracee Beazer


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