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Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON

 

BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street) on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. 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, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON cast member Heath Calvert 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. Call then proceeded to circle the room in the robe in celebration with the entire BBAJ family.

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 fourteenth floor Council lobby.

The Robe from the 2003-2004 season is now housed in the Orlando office and members can stop by to view the Robe during business hours. In the coming year, the Los Angeles and new Chicago office will have their own Gypsy Robes for display. Periodically, the Robes will be rotated so members may have the chance to see various Robes. Robes are also on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, The Museum of the City of New York and the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

 

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Ensemble Cast

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Ensemble Cast

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Cast members making their Broadway debuts

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Oskar Eustis & Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Oskar Eustis & Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Matt Wall (Gypsy Winner-PROMISES, PROMISES)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert (Gypsy Robe Winner)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert (Gypsy Robe Winner)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert (Gypsy Robe Winner)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, James Barry, Benjamin Walker, Emily Young

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Matt Wall (Gypsy Winner-PROMISES, PROMISES) with Ben Steinfeld, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, James Barry, Emily Young,& Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
James Barry, Benjamin Walker, Emily Young

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner )

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner )

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Ensemble cast & crew

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner ) with James Barry, Benjamin Walker & Matt Wall (PROMISES, PROMISES Gypsy Robe Winner)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
caption: Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner ) & Benjamin Walker with James Barry & Emily Young

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner )

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner ) with Benjamin Walker & cast

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert (Gypsy Robe Winner), Paige Price , Terry Marone, Oskar Eustis

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert (Gypsy Robe Winner)

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner ) & Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON
Heath Calvert ( Gypsy Robe Winner ) & Benjamin Walker

Photo Coverage: GYPSY ROBE Ceremony for BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON


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