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!)