Sunday, 2 November 2014

Gypsy Robe Ceremony - Photos

Just came across some more photos of the cast of 'The Last Ship.' This time at the 'Gypsy Robe Ceremony.' What's that you ask? Yes, we asked ourselves the same question, so luckily BroadwayWorld has the low down for us.

  • 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." -

There is a few more photos in the gallery, so click through to BroadwayWorld to see the whole set.
All credit for photos goes to Walter McBride

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