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    Posted December 2016


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 GirlTitanic, 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.

View the full gallery of photos here!

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