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    Posted November 21, 2006

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Rommy Sandhu Receives Legendary Gypsy Robe in MARY POPPINS

Rommy Sandhu & Rebecca Luker
Photo by Walter McBride

Rommy Sandhu is the latest recipient of Equity's legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Mr. Sandhu backstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre on the opening night of MARY POPPINS (Thursday, November 16, 2006) recreating the 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 with the most chorus credits. Rommy has done six Broadway musicals, including OKLAHOMA!, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, ON THE TOWN, THE LIFE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and BOMBAY DREAMS, for which he previously received the robe.

Rommy Sandhu with cast members
Photo by Walter McBride

Equity Gypsy Robe Director Terry Marone began the ceremony by introducing several former recipients, including: Bill Nabel (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Patrick Wetzel (DROWSY CHAPERONE), Eileen Casey (MARILYN), and Ramone Flowers (HOT FEET). Harvey Evans (OKLAHOMA!, SWEET CHARITY ) sent a congratulatory message, noting that he had appeared in the original film version of MARY POPPINS.

Nikki Renee Daniels ( Gypsy Robe Winner for LES MISERABLES ) and Rommy Sandhu
Photo by Walter McBride

The most recent recipient, Nikki Renée Daniels (LES MISERABLES) took center stage to recite the history of the robe before announcing the newest recipient: Rommy Sandhu! Rommy circled the stage three times in accordance with the ceremony, as each cast member touched the robe to receive its "blessing."

Also participating in the ceremony were Equity Communications Director David Lotz, Business Representative Walt Kiskaddon, and robe historian Gloria Rosenthal.

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Ashley Brown, Rommy Sandhu, Daniel Jenkins, Gavin Lee & Rebecca Luker
Photo by Walter McBride

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