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May 5, 2005

SWEET CHARITY Gypsy Robe Goes To Dylis Croman

Colorful Actors’ Equity Icon Symbolizes Chorus

Dylis Croman, a chorus member SWEET CHARITY, is the newest recipient of Equity’s famous Gypsy Robe. The colorful icon was presented to Dylis during a backstage ceremony at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on opening night (May 4, 2005), recreating a time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Beautifully decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musicals, the robe is given to the cast member who has the most Broadway chorus credits. Ms. Croman has appeared in APPLAUSE, FOSSE, A CELEBRATION, OKLAHOMA! THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and THOU SHALT NOT.

Equity Chorus Councillor Thomas Jay Miller and Robe Director Terry Marone kicked off the celebration by introducing former robe recipients, including Joyce Chittick (CABARET SEUSSICAL), Harvey Evans (OKLAHOMA! SUNSET BOULVARD) Merwin Foard (ASSASINS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), Bill Nable (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MOST HAPPY FELLA) and Rommy Sandhu (BOMBAY DREAMS). Miller also introduced Robe Historian Gloria Rosenthal, Equity Communications Director David Lotz, and Equity Chorus Councillor Scott Watanabe.

Alex Sanchez, who garnered the robe in IAN FLEMNG’S CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG, proudly stepped into the center of the circle and announced the newest recipient: Dylis Croman. Beaming with delight, she donned the garment and dashed around the stage three times as each cast member touched the robe for good luck. Before curtain up, she visited each dressing room backstage in accordance with the tradition.

Emphasizing their historical importance, Mr. Miller noted that robes are now on display at the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of the City of New York. Another robe is on permanent display at the Equity Audition Center in New York City.


Dylis Croman circles the stage
Photo by Walter McBride





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