Posted December 2016
AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®
A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway
A Bronx Tale Gypsy Robe goes to “One of the Great Ones,” Jonathan Brody
“The Gypsy Robe represents the history of musical theatre and I'm so honored to be a part of it. I've been to many Robe ceremonies, both for shows I was in and as a Councilor representing Equity. It's often touching and emotional to attend, but that’s nothing compared to actually receiving it yourself. Hearing my name called (and it was a surprise as others in my show had the same number of credits) was a thrilling moment. It's something that will always be mine. It makes me truly feel a part of the Broadway community, like I've truly arrived after 35 years in the business! Also, as a Chorus Councilor, it feels like the cherry on top of the sundae.
The cheering and stomping of my company as I circled the stage and their love and support and happiness for me all night long is a memory I'll keep with me always.”
Name: Jonathan Brody
Show: A Bronx Tale
Opening Night: December 1, 2016
Hometown: New Rochelle, NY
Broadway Debut: Me & My Girl (1986)
Professional Training: HB Studios – Acting; John Baylis – Voice; Phil Black – Dance
Year Joined Equity: 1983
How I Got My Equity Card: I got my card at Darien Dinner Theatre (now defunct) in Funny Girl. I learned the power of negotiation when I asked if I could get my card. I was the only non-Equity guy and for some reason, they said yes — as long as I didn't say anything to the three non-Equity women who didn't get theirs—maybe they didn't ask. Lack of gender parity at its finest!
Broadway Chorus Credits: Five! Me & My Girl, Titanic, Spamalot, Amazing Grace and A Bronx Tale. Also on a Principal contract in the play Sally Marr...and Her Escorts with Joan Rivers.
Fun Fact: "If I ever retire, I want to work with elephants at a zoo."
Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony
Jonathan Brody does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.
Jonathan Brody with fellow cast members of A Bronx Tale.