Posted April 21, 2015
AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®
A Historic 60-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway
For ‘Broadway Baby’ Lainie Sakakura, Receiving the Famed Gypsy Robe is a True Family Affair
"The Gypsy Robe ceremony not only celebrates the individual chorus performer, but is also an acknowledgement of the hard-working ensemble. Receiving the robe is the highest of honors as a Broadway chorus performer. When my name was announced, I was overwhelmed and filled with so much joy. Looking back on that moment, I am so grateful to have finally received the robe 21 years after making my Broadway debut." – Lainie Sakakura
photo: Walter McBride
||The King and I
||Beaumont at Lincoln Center Theater
||April 16, 2015
||The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (1994)
||Duane Dance Academy in Hayward, CA (led by Coralene Kerr, an ex-Vaudeville tapper); San Francisco Ballet (nine years). Other teachers include: Finis Jung, Madame Gabriela Darvash and Broadway choreographer Christopher Chadman.
|Year Joined AEA
|How I Got My Equity Card
||“A national tour of Song & Dance with Robert Longbottom at the helm as director and choreographer.”
|Broadway Chorus Credits
||“My husband Alex Sanchez has also received the Gypsy Robe - twice! We met back in 1994 playing husband and wife in Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater. Fell in love during Fosse. Eloped during my one-week vacation from Flower Drum Song and now we have two "gypsy" children, Avelina (10) and Isabela (7). When we performed together in Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, our oldest was just a one-year-old, and we'd run off stage and kiss our baby girl between numbers! My husband and girls will join me at the ceremony when I pass off the robe to Doctor Zhivago.”
Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony
The company give the ceremonial blessing of the Robe®.
Lainie Sakakura with her husband Alex Sanchez (two-time Gypsy Robe honoree) and her daughters Avelina (10) and Isabela (7).
The cast of The King and I
(Photos by Walter McBride)
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