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    Posted January 14, 2011

Gypsy Robe

Kearran Giovanni is the latest recipient of Equity's coveted Gypsy Robe for HUGH JACKMAN BACK ON BROADWAY.

Hugh Jackman & Kearran Giovanni
Photo: Walter McBride

Recreating a time-honored tradition that began more than 50 years ago, Equity's Gypsy Robe was presented to Ms. Giovanni at the Broadhurst Theatre. Colorfully decorated with appliqués from other Broadway musicals, the Gypsy Robe is given to the chorus member with the most Broadway musical chorus credits. Andre has previously appeared on Broadway in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, SWEET CHARITY, TARZAN, GUYS AND DOLLS, FINIAN’S RAINBOW AND CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

The ceremony began as the cast and crew gathered onstage just before curtain and formed a large circle. Equity's National Chorus Business Representative David Westphal welcomed and asked company members who were making their Broadway debuts to come forward, where they proudly posed for the cameras!

Next, Gypsy Robe volunteer Terry Marone invited past recipients of the robe to be acknowledged, including Bill Nabel (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Tad Wilson (BONNIE AND CLYDE), Eileen Casey (MARILYN), James Dybas (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL), Rommy Sandhu (MARY POPPINS), Kevin Ligon (SISTER ACT), Jennifer Smith (THE PRODUCERS) and Pi Douglass (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR).

Grasan Kingsberry, who received the robe in ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, then described the Robe's illustrious history and the rules for the ceremony: each new recipient must circle the stage three times counter-clockwise and visit everyone's dressing room to receive the robe's blessing. He then proclaimed the newest robe recipient: Kearran Giovanni.

Ms. Giovanni donned the robe and excitedly circled the stage, while everyone applauded and reached out to touch the robe to receive its blessing. The next Gypsy Robe Ceremony will take place on January 12th at PORGY AND BESS!

Anne Otto, Emily Tyra, Hugh Jackman, Kearran Giovanni, Hilary Michael Thompson, Robin Campbell, Lara Seibert.
Photo: Walter McBride

Grasan Kingsberry (ON A CLEAR DAY...)
Photo: Walter McBride

Hilary Michael Thompson, Kearran Giovanni, Lara Seibert, Anne Otto
Photo: Walter McBride

Kearran Giovanni
Photo: Walter McBride

Photo: Walter McBride

Kearran puts on the robe, assisted by David Westphal and Grasan Kingsberry
Photo: Walter McBride

Kendal Hartse, Grasan Kingsberry, Patrick O'Neill, Christianne Tisdale
Photo: Walter McBride

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