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    Posted December 6, 2007

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William Ryall Gets The GRINCH ! …Gypsy Robe, That Is

Amy Heggins passes the robe to William Ryall
John Quilty

William Ryall, a chorus member in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! is the latest recipient of Equity's legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to William backstage at the St. James Theatre on opening night (Friday, November 9, 2007), recreating the time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Extravagantly decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musicals, the robe is given to the cast member with the most chorus credits. William has appeared in several Broadway shows, including CHITTY CHITTY, BANG BANG, ME AND MY GIRL, GRAND HOTEL, HIGH SOCIETY and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE GOES PUBLIC. He previously received the robe in the revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, and last year's production of the GRINCH.

Gypsy Robe Coordinator Terry Marone began the ceremony by introducing several former recipients, including: Anne Pistone (GREASE), Eileen Casey (MARILYN), Bill Nable (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MOST HAPPY FELLA) and Amy Heggins, who garnered the robe in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and THOU SHALLT NOT. Also participating was Equity Broadway Business Representative, Louise Foisy.

Terry stepped into the center of the stage and recited the history of the Gypsy Robe before Amy announced the newest recipient: William Ryall. William circled the stage three times as each cast member reached out and touched the robe.

Grinch cast members with William Ryall
John Quilty

William Ryall
John Quilty


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