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Posted October 25, 2005

Equity’s Gypsy Robe Goes To Brynn Williams for IN MY LIFE

Youngest Performer Ever To Receive Chorus Icon!

Gypsy Robe winners Dylis Croman, Merwin Foard and Brynn Williams

Gypsy Robe winners Dylis Croman, Merwin Foard and Brynn Williams

Brynn Williams, a young chorus member in the Broadway musical IN MY LIFE, is the newest recipient of Equity’s famous Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Miss Williams by SWEET CHARITY’S Dylis Croman during a backstage ceremony at the Music Box Theatre on opening night (October 20, 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 chorus credits. Brynn is a talented juvenile performer who previously appeared in Ian Fleming’s CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. At the age of twelve, she is the youngest performer ever to receive a robe!

Equity Robe Director Terry Marone kicked off the celebration by introducing former robe recipients, including Merwin Foard (ASSASINS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES), Jack Dabdoub (SHOWBOAT), Roxane Barlow (FOLLIES, NEVER GONNA DANCE, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), and Richard Korthaze (HOW TO SUCCEED). Marone also introduced Equity’s Second Vice President and ACCA Chair, Jean-Paul Richard, Equity Chorus Councillor Thomas J. Miller, Robe Historian Gloria Rosenthal, and National Communications Director David Lotz.

Announcing the winner, Ms. Croman turned to Brynn Williams, who bubbled over with joy. She trotted around the stage three times as each cast member touched the robe, according to the tradition. “I was so excited to win the robe,” she explained later. “It was amazing - I’ve never seen anything like it before! Before curtain up, I visited everyone backstage for good luck. They all loved it. It’s so beautiful.”

Brynn started acting at the age of six, joining her mother onstage in a local production of BIG RIVER She fell instantly in love with acting and started to audition. Roles soon followed in productions of EVITA, THE KING AND I, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and ANNIE. She got her big Broadway break from an open call and was cast in Ian Fleming’s CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG prior to joining the cast of IN MY LIFE.

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.

 Click here for more infomation about Equity's Gypsy Robe, including the history and past recipients.

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