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    Posted November 2016


A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

It’s “No One Else” but Gypsy Robe Recipient Katrina Yaukey

“After putting the robe on, I began the journey of circling the stage, or rather, the stair maze at the Imperial. What was most thrilling to me was the opportunity to really look into the eyes of each person, cast and crew, as I passed them, celebrating the strong ensemble piece of theatre we've created in The Great Comet. For me, receiving the robe is an honor that is not taken lightly. It's given to someone who represents the spirit of commitment and perseverance in the world of theatre. I'm very proud to be that person for this brilliant production and to join the ranks of those before me who've celebrated their successes with this great tradition. I feel emotional writing this!”


Name: Katrina Yaukey

Show: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Opening Night: November 14, 2016

Hometown: Mont Alto, PA

Broadway Debut: Cabaret (1998)

Professional Training: “I studied Musical Theatre and Oboe Performance at Penn State University. I’m a current student Music Production and Technology at Berklee College of Music!”

Year Joined Equity: 1998

How I Got My Equity Card: “I had worked as an EMC for 48 weeks when I booked the First National Tour of Victor/Victoria, which gave me my card and introduced me to some of the best friends of my life!”

Broadway Chorus Credits: “Cabaret 1998 revival, Billy Elliot, Cabaret 2014 revival, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. (I was also in the "ensembles" of Company and War Horse, though on a different contract).”

Fun Fact: “I'm obsessed with old Volkswagens, pugs and playing 100 instruments.”

Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Katrina Yaukey does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

Josh Groban with fellow cast members of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

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