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Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside the LES MISERABLES Gypsy Robe Ceremony!

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The company of Les Miserables 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, Gypsy Robes can now be viewed at two of Equity's Offices. The National Headquarters in New York now houses two of the historic Robes. The second floor Audition Center's newly designed case displays the Robe from the 2006-2007 season, which was dedicated by the ACCA to the memory of Patrick Quinn. The 2007-2008 Robe, dedicated to Broadway veteran Adrian Bailey, can be viewed on the 14th floor Council lobby.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

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Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

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Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

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Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

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Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson

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AEA President Nick Wyman and Cliff Saunders

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Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

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Will Swenson

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Caissie Levy and Will Swenson

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Caissie Levy and Will Swenson

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AEA President Nick Wyman and stage hand

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Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

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Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo

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Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin" and Nikki M. James

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Keala Settle, AEA President Nick Wyman and Dennis Stowe from "Aladdin"

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'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

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'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

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'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

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'Les Miserables' Broadway debuts

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Introduction

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Arbender J. Robinson and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson and company

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AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

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AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

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AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson and Dennis Stowe

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AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson

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AEA's David Westphal, Arbender J. Robinson

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Arbender J. Robinson

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Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

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Caissie Levy and Ramin Karimloo with Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company New York City.

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Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Nikki M. James, Andy Mientus, Keala Settle and Company

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Arbender J. Robinson with Caissie Levy, Ramin Karimloo, Cameron Mackintosh and Company

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Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

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Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

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Keala Settle, Arbender J. Robinson and Nikki M. James

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Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

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Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

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Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

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Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

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Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

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Arbender J. Robinson and Andy Mientus

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Terance Cedric Reddick and Arbender J. Robinson

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Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

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Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

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Cliff Saunders and Arbender J. Robinson

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AEA President Nick Wyman with Arbender J. Robinson

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AEA President Nick Wyman and Arbender J. Robinson

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Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

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Caissie Levy, Arbender J. Robinson and Ramin Karimloo

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Producer Cameron Mackintosh and Company

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Cameron Mackintosh and Company

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Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

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Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

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Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell

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Cameron Mackintosh with a prop Brick from the original production

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Cameron Mackintosh

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Cameron Mackintosh

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Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell presented with gifts from the Company

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Director Laurence Connor and Director James Powell presented with gifts from the Company

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Best wishes card from Facebook Fans

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The Company

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The Company

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Arbender J. Robinson

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Arbender J. Robinson


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