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The Ensemblist #11: The Gypsy Robe

The Ensemblist #11: The Gypsy Robe

November 17, 2013
In This Episode

The Gypsy Robe ceremony is perhaps one of Broadway’s most-loved but least-heralded traditions. The ceremony takes place on opening night of every new Broadway musical with a chorus. During this ceremony, shrouded in mystique and lore, full of ritual and great fun, the honor of the Gypsy Robe is bestowed upon the ensemble member with the most Broadway chorus contracts.


Recipients of the Gypsy Robe are often the most sought-after ensemblists in show business: the kind of performer who makes Broadway their life’s work and passion. On this episode of The Ensemblist, we speak to three of these hardworking actors who have each performed in more than ten Broadway shows and won the Gypsy Robe multiple times. 


Our Guests: Lisa Gajda (seventeen Broadway shows, has won the Robe six times: Taboo, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Cry-Baby, Finian’s Rainbow, Elf and Chaplin), Eric Sciotto (eleven Broadway shows, three Robe wins: Pal Joey, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Mystery of Edwin Drood), and the legendary Harvey Evans (fourteen Broadway shows, including original companies of West Side Story, Gypsy, Hello, Dolly! and Follies. Two Gypsy Robe wins: Sunset Boulevard and Oklahoma!)

The Ensemblist #10: Technomania!

The Ensemblist #10: Technomania!

November 3, 2013
In This Episode

As all forms of entertainment become more digital, more technical and more spectacular, theatre has also stepped up to the plate. From magic tricks, set pieces on fire, and elaborate moving costumes to actors flying all over the theatre, Broadway continues to push the boundaries to keep people coming back.


What does all of this mean for an ensemblist? Not only are you connecting with your castmates, the show, and the audience, now there are extra technical elements: a raked stage, a rotating set piece- or while suspended above the house! In this episode of The Ensemblist, we speak to three veteran actors about what it’s like to be in a Broadway show with these huge technical elements.

Our Guests: Jennifer Sanchez (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Ghost, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), Ellyn Marie Marsh (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots), and Reed Kelly (Wicked, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark).

We also have a special request for you, our audience: We're making a Listener Questions Episode! Listen to the beginning of this episode for all the info on how to get your questions to us. Nothing is too tough for us to find the answers to. We can't wait!