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    Posted August 12, 2015


A Historic 60-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

Betsy Struxness Makes History at Hamilton in the “hardest but most rewarding show” of her career

“To be part of a tradition that honors someone for their work as an ensemble member is in fact just that — an honor. We tend to get lost in the background noise of the buzz that surrounds any given Broadway show, but usually, more is being asked from the ensemble than any other member of the performing company. To be recognized for that hard work and that passion is lovely and, to receive the robe for Hamilton is particularly wonderful as it's the hardest but most rewarding show I have yet to be a part of. Hearing my name called brought forth a sense of pride and humility. What I remember the most is the circle of smiling faces as I ran around the stage during the “good luck” blessing of the robe. Those smiles held so much love.” – Betsy Struxness


Betsy Struxness

photo: Walter McBride


Name Betsy Struxness
Show Hamilton
Theater Richard Rodgers Theatre
Opening Night August 6, 2015

About Betsy

Hometown Kansas City, MO
Broadway Debut Wicked (2010)
Professional Training Kansas City Ballet (early training, 12 years). BFA in Dance, The Juilliard School. Vocal training with Matt Farnsworth.
Year Joined AEA 2006
How I Got My Equity Card “I was hired as ensemble member and understudy for the roles of Natalie and Miss Sandra in the first national tour of All Shook Up.”
Broadway Chorus Credits 6
Fun Fact “I have a fairly extensive sneaker collection and most of them are kids’ shoes because my feet are so small. My tiny shoes have taken me to numerous places around the world!”

Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Broadway Opening Night Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Betsy Struxness.

Betsy Struxness does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

(Photos by Walter McBride)

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