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    Posted September 29, 2015


A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

Youth revolt on pause: Van Hughes fully savors his “robe” moment as the company of Broadway’s groundbreaking rock musical ushers in a record number of stage debuts (23 to be exact!)

“Not only is it a true honor to receive the Gypsy Robe as part of Broadway's longest-running opening night tradition, but I feel doubly proud to represent this incredibly special company at Spring Awakening. During the ceremony, it was surreal to ‘run’ and circle the stage in three laps so everyone could touch the robe; I actually paced myself more slowly so I could fully savor the moment. My cheeks started to ache from smiling so much! I was so happy my friend Dale Hensley, a previous robe recipient whom I met on my first Equity show, was there to witness the moment. What a thrill!” – Van Hughes

Van Hughes

photo: Walter McBride


Name Van Hughes
Show Spring Awakening
Theater Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Opening Night September 27, 2015

About Van

Hometown Chesapeake, VA
Broadway Debut Hairspray (2006)
Professional Training “Hugh Copeland of the Hurrah Players (Norfolk, VA) first inspired me to become a performer at the age of 8.” High School: Musical Theatre Dept. at the Governor's School for the Arts (Norfolk, VA) led by Chip Gallagher. BA in Theatre, Fordham University (NYC).
Year Joined AEA 2005
How I Got My Equity Card “I was cast as Sketch and understudy for Link in the Las Vegas production of Hairspray.”
Broadway Chorus Credits 3
Fun Fact “I have a cat named Trish.”

Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Van Hughes with the cast members of Spring Awakening who made their Broadway debut.

Van Hughes does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

(Photos by Walter McBride)

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