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Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony

HAMILTON, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about America's 'the ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,' opened on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the whole evening, starting with the sacred Gypsy Robe ceremony. Check out photos of gypsy robe recipient Betsy Struxness 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.

HAMILTON has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer Lin Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography byAndy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton."

The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Jonathan Groff (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones(Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, PhilipHamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).

HAMILTON is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers and shot to death by Aaron Burr in their legendary duel.

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Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Oskar Eustis and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Ariana DeBose, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jasmine Cephas Jones

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Daveed Diggs and Renee Elise Goldsberry

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jasmine Cephas Jones

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Michael Balderrama and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Christopher Jackson

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Javier Munoz, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda singing Happy Birthday to Leslie Odom Jr.

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Javier Munoz, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda singing Happy Birthday to Leslie Odom Jr.

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Javier Munoz, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda with the cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Cast members making their Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Oskar Eustis

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
David Westphal and Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oskar Eustis and Betsy Struxness with company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Betsy Struxness with company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oskar Eustis and Betsy Struxness with company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Betsy Struxness with company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Betsy Struxness with company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Anthony Ramos, Jeffrey SellSeller and Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness with John Rua, Lin-Manuel Miranda and company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and Andy Blankenbuehler

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and Renee Elise Goldsberry

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and Renee Elise Goldsberry

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Christopher Jackson, Betsy Struxness and Jonathan Groff

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Christopher Jackson, Betsy Struxness and Jonathan Groff

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness with fellow chorus members

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness with Chorus members and Actors' Equity officers

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness with company members and Actors' Equity officers

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness with company members

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

Exclusive Photo Coverage: In the Room Where it Happens! Go Inside the HAMILTON Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Betsy Struxness

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