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    Posted May 8, 2007

Graham Rowat Snags the Gypsy Robe for LoveMusik!

Graham Rowat circling the stage
Walter McBride/Retna

Graham Rowat is the newest recipient of Equity's Gypsy Robe for the 2007 Season, for the new Broadway musical LOVEMUSIK by Alfred Uhry with music by Kurt Weill, based on the lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya suggested by their letters. The vibrant garment was presented to Graham on opening night (Thursday, May 3, 2007) at the Biltmore Theatre, recreating a time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago.

Richly and meticulously decorated with mementos from recent Broadway musical, the robe is given to the cast member with the most Broadway chorus credits. Graham has previously performed in two Broadway musicals, including DRACULA THE MUSICAL and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Gypsy Robe Director, Terry Marone welcomed the cast, crew, friends and producers to the ceremony, and introduced Equity National Communications Director David Lotz. Also, observing were Equity Chorus Councillor Thomas Jay Miller, Robe Historian Gloria Rosenthal and Equity Communications staff member Nicole Yanolatos.

Seven former robe recipients were called into the circle to introduce themselves, including: Brian O'Brien (PIRATE QUEEN), Jennifer Cody (URINETOWN), Jack Dabdoub (SHOWBOAT), Pi Douglass (SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT, JC SUPERSTAR, THE WIZ), David Eggers (CURTAINS), Harvey Evans (OKLAHOMA!, SUNSET BOULEVARD) and Michelle Kittrell (URBAN COWBOY, ALL SHOOK UP, LEGALLY BLONDE), who recited the robe's history before passing the robe on to Graham.

Graham, this being his first time to receive the Gypsy Robe, excitedly donned the garment and circled the stage three times, before visiting each dressing room to bestow the robe's "blessings."

Donna Murphy, Graham Rowat, Michael Cerveris
Walter McBride/Retna

Hal Prince and Harvey Evans
Walter McBride/Retna

Graham and Hal Prince
Walter McBride/Retna

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