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    Posted July 19, 2016


A Historic 65-Year Backstage Tradition on Broadway

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for Rod Harrelson, the latest recipient of the Gypsy Robe for Motown the Musical

“The Gypsy Robe tradition symbolizes a great wealth of theatre history and rite of passage. It reminds me of the many people who have come before me and what they did to further our community; it’s a wonderful honor to have. During the ceremony I was excited and proud, and what I remember most are the happy faces of all of our Broadway newbies making their debuts.”


Name: Rod Harrelson

Show: Motown The Musical 

Opening Night: July 14, 2016

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Broadway Debut: The Lion King (2002)

Professional Training:  I trained at the Chapel Hill Ballet Conservatory, The Greensboro Ballet, UNC-Chapel Hill, Steps On Broadway and the Broadway Dance Center

Year Joined AEA: 2002

How I Got My Equity Card: “I got my Equity card when I joined the company of The Lion King. My best friend at the time said that they (the production) were looking for an "acro-dancer" replacement, and that I would be great in the role. So I went to the open call not really knowing what to expect. After a full morning/afternoon of auditioning, I received a call and offer later that evening. It was my first BIG break in Broadway theatre!”

Broadway Chorus Credits: 7

Fun Fact: “I am a two-time College National Cheerleading Champion, and in my spare time I travel teaching cheer and dance choreography.”

Moments from the Gypsy Robe® Ceremony

Rod Harrelson does the ceremonial three laps around the stage.

Rod Harrelson with the cast members of Motown The Musical.

View the full gallery of photos here!

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