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   April 26, 2006

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Sarah Solie Garners Equity's Gypsy Robe in LESTAT

Sarah Solie circles the stage as Carolee Carmello and other cast members touch the robe
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Sarah Solie, a Dance Captain and Swing in LESTAT, is the newest chorus member to receive Equity's legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Ms. Solie during a backstage ceremony at the Palace Theatre on opening night (Tuesday, April 25, 2006), recreating a time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Lavishly decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musicals, the robe is given to the cast member who has the most chorus credits. Sarah's Broadway credits include BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CATS, HIGH SOCIETY and STEEL PIER.

Alan Eisenberg, Sarah Solie, Roxane Barlow
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Equity Robe Director Terry Marone started the exciting ceremony by introducing Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, and former robe recipients, including: Roxane Barlow (FOLLIES, NEVER GONNA DANCE, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDREL); Eileen Casey (MARILYN); Pi Douglass (JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR, THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT and THE WIZ); James Dybas (PACIFIC OVERTURES and SCARLET PIMPERNEL); Harvey Evans (SUNSET BLVD, OKLAHOMA!); J.C. Montgomery (COLOR PURPLE); and Romain Fruge, who received the robe for THREEPENNY OPERA.

Also participating were Equity Communications Director David Lotz, Communications Assistant Nicole Yanolatos, Robe Historian Gloria Rosenthal and Equity Councillor Kimberly Russell, who is the Assistant Stage Manager for the production.

Chorus members Tommar Wilson, Sarah Solie, Will Swensen
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Romain described the genesis of the Gypsy Robe before announcing the newest recipient: Sarah Solie! Beaming with excitement, Sarah put on the robe and circled the stage three times while everyone in the cast touched the robe to receive its "blessing," according to the tradition. Later, she visited everyone backstage.

Concluding 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.

Sarah Solie proudly displays the Gypsy Robe
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Allison Fischer, Hugh Panaro, Sarah Solie, Drew Sarich
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Former Gypsy Robe recipients with Romain Fruge
Photo: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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