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Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony

The company of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO just celebrated their opening with the Gypsy Robe ceremonyl, at which Lainie Sakakura from THE KING AND I passed off the robe to Joseph Medeiros. BroadwayWorld was on the scene for the sacred ritual, so check out photos 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.

DOCTOR ZHIVAGO is an epic romance, revolving around the search for love during the final days of Czarist Russia, the First World War and the chaos of the Russian revolution. Raised as an aristocrat, Zhivago is a political idealist, physician and poet whose life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar.

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Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
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Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
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Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I) with husband Alex Sanchez and daughters

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I) with husband Alex Sanchez and daughters

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I) with husband Alex Sanchez and daughters

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I)

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I)

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura (The King and I)

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Tam Mutu and Paul Alexander Nolan

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Tam Mutu and Paul Alexander Nolan

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Paul Alexander Nolan and Kelly Devine

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Paul Alexander Nolan and Kelly Devine

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Paul Alexander Nolan and Kelly Barrett

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Kelli Barrett and Lora Lee Gayer

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Des McAnuff

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Lainie Sakakura, Joseph Medeiros and David Westphal

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with Des McAnuff, Kelli Barrett, Lora Lee Gayer and the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with Kelli Barrett, Lora Lee Gayer and the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with Des McAnuff and the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with Kelly Devine, Michael Weller and the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros with Kelly Devine and the cast

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Kelly Devine and Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Alex Sanchez and wife Lainie Sakakura (The King and I) with daughters with Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Joseph Medeiros

Photo Coverage: Inside the DOCTOR ZHIVAGO Gypsy Robe Ceremony
Paul Alexander Nolan, Kellu Barrett, Tom Hewitt, Lora Lee Gayer, Joseph Medeiros and Tam Mutu

Photo Credit: Walter McBride / WM Photos


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