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    Posted January 15, 2008

Adrian Bailey Is the Robe Recipient for LITTLE MERMAID

Adrian Bailey
Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Adrian Bailey, a chorus member in THE LITTLE MERMAID, is the latest recipient of Equity's legendary Gypsy Robe. The colorful garment was presented to Adrian backstage at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre on opening night (January 10, 2008) recreating the time-honored tradition that began over 50 years ago. Adrian previously received the Robe for JELLY'S LAST JAM, PRINCE OF CENTRAL PARK, and LEGS DIAMOND.

Extravagantly decorated with appliqués from Broadway musicals, the Robe is given to the chorus member with the most Broadway chorus credits. ADRIAN has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, including LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE LION KING, THE WILD PARTY, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ, THE WHO'S TOMMY, KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, JELLY'S LAST JAM, BLACK AND BLUE, LEGS DIAMOND, MY ONE AND ONLY, and SOPHISTICATED LADIES.

Gypsy Robe volunteer Terry Marone began the ceremony by introducing the most recent Robe recipient, William Ryall, who garnered it for THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS and HOW TO SUCCEED. She also introduced former Robe recipients: Amy Heggins (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THOU SHALLT NOT), Rommy Sandhu (BOMBAY DREAMS, MARY POPPINS), Harvey Evans (OKLAHOMA, SUNSET BLVD), Austin Colyer (SINGING IN THE RAIN), Bill Nable (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA), Pi Douglass (SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT, THE WIZ, JC SUPERSTAR), Merwyn Foard (ASSASINS, LA CAGE), James Dybas (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, PACIFIC OVERTURES), Jonathan Freeman (PLATINUM), Chorus Councillor Roger Preston Smith (PETER PAN), Brynn Williams (IN THE LIFE), Brian O'Brien (THE PIRATE QUEEN), Chorus Councillor Michelle Kittrell (URBAN COWBOY, ALL SHOOK UP, LEGALLY BLONDE), Tim Edward Smith (AIDA), and Jack Dabdoub (SHOWBOAT). Terry also introduced AEA Executive Director John P. Connolly. Also in attendance were National Communications Director David Lotz and National Chorus Business Rep/Gypsy Robe Staff David Westphal.

William stepped into the center of the stage and recited the history of the Gypsy Robe before announcing the newest recipient: ADRIAN BAILEY, who circled the stage three times as each cast member reached out and touched the robe.

William Ryall
Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Adrian Baily ( Gypsy Robe Winner - LITTLE MERMAID ) with Sierra Boggess & Sean Palmer & Sherie Rene Scott
Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Adrian Bailey & Jonathan Freeman
Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

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