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Exclusive Photos: 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

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Victoria Clark & William Ivey Long

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Laura Osnes & Harriet Harris

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Laura Osnes & Victoria Clark

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Cast Members making their Broadway debuts

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Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Harriet Harris, Ann Harada, Nick Spangler & cast

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Linda Mugleston with David Westphal & Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Linda Mugleston with David Westphal & Kirsten Wyatt (Recipient for 'A Christmas Story')

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Linda Mugleston with David Westphal

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Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana, Laura Osnes and Cast

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Laura Osnes

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Victoria Clark & William Ivey Long

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Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Harriet Harris

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Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes with cast

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Linda Mugleston with Santino Fontana & Laura Osnes with cast

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Linda Mugleston with Victoria Clark, William Ivey Long & Company

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Master Photographer Nathan Johnson capturing the moment

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Linda Mugleston

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Linda Mugleston

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Linda Mugleston

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Linda Mugleston

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Linda Mugleston

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Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

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Linda Mugleston with Laura Osnes & Santino Fontana

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Linda Mugleston & Company

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Producer Robyn Goodman begins the before curtain speeches & good wishes

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Mark Brokaw & Robyn Goodman

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Jill Furman, Mark Brokaw & Robyn Goodman

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Director Mark Brokaw

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Laura Osnes & Ann Harada

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The Cast

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Director Mark Brokaw

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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

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Producer Stephen Kocis

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Stephen Kocis, Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Cooper, Emma Galina, Mark Brokaw & Jill Furman

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Douglas Carter Beane & Mark Brokaw

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Douglas Carter Beane & Mark Brokaw

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Stephen Kocis, Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Cooper, Emma Galina, Mark Brokaw & Jill Furman

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Lewis Flinn, Douglas Carter Beane, Cooper, Emma Galina

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Douglas Carter Beane, Jill Furman, Mark Brokaw, Robyn Goodman & Josh Rhodes

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Ann Harada, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana & cast

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Ann Harada & Cast

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Ann Harada & Cast

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Marla Mindelle, Cody Williams, Santino Fontana & Company

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Cody Williams

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Ann Harada, Marla Mindelle & Laura Osnes

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Kim Jordan, Linda Mugleston, Paige Price & Ira Mont

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Kim Jordan, Linda Mugleston, Paige Price & Ira Mont

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Linda Mugleston

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Robyn Goodman with Rodgers & Hammerstein

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