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   May 2, 2006

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T. Oliver Reid Receives Gypsy Robe in THE WEDDING SINGER


T. Oliver Reid
Photo by Walter McBride

T. Oliver Reid, a chorus member in THE WEDDING SINGER, is the latest recipient of Equity's legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Mr. Reid during an exciting and dramatic ceremony backstage at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on opening night (Thursday, April 27) recreating a time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Handsomely decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musicals, the robe is given to the cast member with the most chorus credits. Reid has done several Broadway shows, including: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, NEVER GONNA DANCE, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and KISS ME KATE.

Equity Gypsy Robe Director Terry Marone kicked off the ceremony by introducing a phenomenal group of former robe recipients, including: Eileen Casey (MARILYN), Pi Douglass (JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR, THE WIZ, SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT), Harvey Evans (OKLAHOMA! SUNSET BOULEVARD), Robin Haynes (BLOOD BROTHERS), Joanne Hunter (KISS ME KATE), Bill Nabel (BEAUTY & THE BEAST), Tom Titone (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Terry Violino (ILLYA DARLING), and Sarah Solie who recently received the robe for LESTAT.

Also in attendance were Equity Chorus Councillor Tom Miller and Communications Assistant Nicole Yanolatos.


Sarah Solie, previous winner from LESTAT, reads the Gypsy Robe history
Photo by Walter McBride

Solie relayed the cherished story of the Gypsy Robes inception before proudly proclaiming the newest Gypsy Robe recipient to be none other than T. Oliver Reid. Reid was assisted in donning the robe and dramatically rounded the circle three times, according to Gypsy tradition, while everyone in the cast touched the robe for luck. Later, the winner visits the dressing rooms of the entire cast to "bless" each one for good luck on their opening night.

Concluding the ceremony, Ms. Marone explained that a few of the robes are now prominently displayed 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.


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