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Posted November 18, 2005

Elena Shaddow Dons Gypsy Robe in THE WOMAN IN WHITE

Elena Shaddow

Elena Shaddow, a chorus member in THE WOMAN IN WHITE, is the newest chorus member to garner Equity’s legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Ms. Shaddow during a backstage ceremony at the Marquis Theatre on opening night (Thursday, November 17, 2005) recreating a time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Elena Shaddow with Maria Friedman and Michael Ball Attending the Opening Night Gypsy Robe Ceremony for the new Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway Musical, THE WOMAN IN WHITE

Beautifully decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musicals, the robe is given to the cast member who has the most chorus credits. Elena has previously appeared on Broadway in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, LES MISERABLES, NINE, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS.

Elena Shaddow with Greg Mills and Michael Shawn Lewis

Equity Robe Director Terry Marone kicked off the ceremony by introducing former robe recipients, including Gina Lamparella (GYPSY), Merwin Foard (ASSASINS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), Brynn Williams (IN MY LIFE), and Gloria Rosenthal, the Robe’s Historian. Ms. Marone also introduced Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and Communications Director David Lotz. Also attending was Equity Chorus Councillor Joanne Borts.

Sara Schmidt (Gypsy Robe Winner for JERSEY BOYS) and Brynn Williams (Gypsy Robe Winner for IN MY LIFE)

Following the protocol of the ceremony, Sara described the rich history of the robe before announcing the newest recipient. Elena then donned the robe and circled the stage three times while everyone in the cast touched the robe, according to the tradition. Later, she visited everyone’s dressing room backstage.

Wrapping up the ceremony, Ms. Marone explained 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.

For more information about the robes, click here.

All photos by Walter McBride

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