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

The company of A Cinderella just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ritual with the company's recipient Linda Mugleston. 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 fourteenth floor Council lobby.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Carter Beane

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Victoria Clark & William Ivey Long

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Harriet Harris

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Victoria Clark

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cast Members making their Broadway debuts

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Nick Spangler & cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with David Westphal & Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with David Westphal & Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with David Westphal

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Victoria Clark & William Ivey Long

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Harriet Harris

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes with cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes with cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Victoria Clark, William Ivey Long & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Master Photographer Nathan Johnson capturing the moment

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Producer Robyn Goodman begins the before curtain speeches & good wishes

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Mark Brokaw & Robyn Goodman

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Jill Furman, Mark Brokaw & Robyn Goodman

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Mark Brokaw

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes & Ann Harada

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
The Cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Director Mark Brokaw

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Cooper, Emma Galina, Mark Brokaw, Jill Furman & Robyn Goodman attending The Broadway Opening Night Performance Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring recipient Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Producer Stephen Kocis

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Stephen Kocis, Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Cooper, Emma Galina, Mark Brokaw & Jill Furman

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Carter Beane & Mark Brokaw

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Carter Beane & Mark Brokaw

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Stephen Kocis, Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Cooper, Emma Galina, Mark Brokaw & Jill Furman

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Lewis Flinn, Douglas Carter Beane, Cooper, Emma Galina

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Douglas Carter Beane, Jill Furman, Mark Brokaw, Robyn Goodman & Josh Rhodes

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana & cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada & Cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada & Cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana & Cast

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Laura Osnes, Victoria Clark & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Marla Mindelle, Cody Williams, Santino Fontana & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Marla Mindelle, Cody Williams, Santino Fontana & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada, Marla Mindelle, Cody Williams, Santino Fontana & Company

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Cody Williams

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Ann Harada, Marla Mindelle & Laura Osnes

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kim Jordan, Linda Mugleston, Paige Price & Ira Mont

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Kim Jordan, Linda Mugleston, Paige Price & Ira Mont

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Linda Mugleston

Exclusive Photo Coverage: Inside CINDERELLA's Gypsy Robe Ceremony!
Robyn Goodman with Rodgers & Hammerstein

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

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