Posted March 11, 2016
AEA’s GYPSY ROBE®
A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway
The first Gypsy Robe of 2016 goes to Paul Castree for Disaster!
“I'm very happy to have received the Gypsy Robe. To feel the love and support of the entire company on opening night was a thrill. It's such a uniquely 'Broadway' tradition and everyone appreciates that it celebrates cast members on chorus contracts whose names aren't necessarily on the marquee of the theatre, but who are the backbone of the Broadway musical. I am proud to wear the Robe for Disaster! — and I accept it on behalf of our entire ensemble who are fantastic every performance.”
photo: Walter McBride
Name: Paul Castree
Theatre: Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night: March 8, 2016
Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
Broadway Debut: Grease! as Eugene Florczyk (1994)
Professional Training: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois
Year Joined AEA: 1991
HIGMEC: “I flew from Rockford, Illinois to New York City and went to the Equity building for an open non-union chorus call for the national tour of Bye Bye Birdie, starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking. My call back (that same night) was on the stage of the Gershwin Theatre. That's where I was standing when I was told that I would be playing Harvey Johnson, touring the U.S. for a year, and that I had just earned my Equity card!”
Broadway Chorus Credits: 7
Fun Fact: “I went to a little Catholic high school back in Illinois with NBC president, and Tony-winning producer on A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bob Greenblatt, as well as Tony nominees Marin Mazzie and Jodi Benson and Tony-winning director Joe Mantello!”
Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony
Paul Castree does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.
Paul Castree with the cast members of Disaster.
(Photos by Walter McBride)