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    Posted July 21, 2015

AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®

A Historic 60-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

He’s Amazing. Dan Sharkey is this season’s first recipient of the Gypsy Robe

“While I love all the wonderful traditions of the Broadway stage, the Gypsy Robe has always been my favorite. It's a moment when the entire chorus is acknowledged and recognized for its hard work and unity, and one lucky person carries the robe forward for everyone. To me, it is the true start of a Broadway run. I know—once you gather for the ceremony and feel the energy of the entire theater—that the show is really happening and you are blessed to be in yet another Broadway show.

Having been with Amazing Grace since the very first reading in 1999, I was incredibly moved to be the recipient of the Gypsy Robe. This cast and creatives are like family to me and to see all the smiling faces as I ran around the circle was truly remarkable. Knowing the hard work and time all these people have put in to get us here is incredibly moving.

Also, seeing my friend Jennie Ford at the ceremony was awesome. We made our Broadway debut together in 2000, and she received the Robe last year for An American in Paris. So, being in the company of good friends is a total privilege.”


Dan Sharkey

photo: Walter McBride

 

Name Dan Sharkey
Show Amazing Grace
Theater Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night July 16, 2015





About Dan


Hometown Bozeman, Montana
Broadway Debut Susan Stroman's revival of The Music Man (2000)
Professional Training “I have a BA in Theater Arts from Montana State University.”
Year Joined AEA 1990
How I Got My Equity Card “I got my card doing a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at the Colonial Theater in Rhode Island. A director scouted me in a community production, where I was playing the Pharaoh, and asked if I would do the role for him. I said ‘Sure, if you give me my card,’ and the deal was done.”
Broadway Chorus Credits 4
Fun Fact “I try to go back to Bigfork Summer Playhouse in Montana every year to direct a show. It's where I learned my craft and it's an awesome way to give back to this profession. I also met fellow Amazing Grace cast member Elizabeth Ward-Land there many years ago.”


Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Dan Sharkey with the cast of Amazing Grace.



Dan Sharkey does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

(Photos by Walter McBride)


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