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    Posted December 17, 2015


A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

Joining the “Gypsy Club,” Grasan Kingsberry marks his 10th Broadway chorus musical with The Color Purple

“What an honor. I feel it is so important to celebrate and practice traditions as they are the glue that binds a community together. The Gypsy Robe is one of those particularly special traditions of the Broadway community. To be recognized by, and in the company of such Broadway legendries, is like being a part of an awesome all-star “Gypsy Club” for the rest of your life — and that's the best part. Being a Gypsy Robe honoree, twice now, reminds me of how fortunate I am to be a part of a community of friends, colleagues and folks that I've grown close to and love. What I recall from the ceremony is lots and lots of smiling happy faces and a true sense and feeling tone of love and joy all around. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about.” 

Grasan Kingsberry

photo: Walter McBride


Name Grasan Kingsberry
Show The Color Purple
Theater Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Opening Night December 10, 2015

About Grasan

Hometown Charlotte, NC (The Queen City)
Broadway Debut Aida (2003)
Professional Training Northwest School of the Arts; Juilliard (BFA Dance); Virginia Sandifur (Voice)
Year Joined AEA 2003
How I Got My Equity Card “While I was still a senior in college, I was hired as the replacement of a longtime friend, Derrick Williams (Wicked, Book of Mormon), in Aida.”
Broadway Chorus Credits 10
Fun Fact “I am the only performer to appear in both the original and revival companies of The Color Purple and recreating the same role I originated 10 years ago. Also, I am a huge sports fan! Those who know me know I'm serious about my Carolina Panthers.”

Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Grasan Kingsberry does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

Grasan Kingsberry with the cast members of The Color Purple.

(Photos by Walter McBride)

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