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October 25, 2002

Pascal Faye Fourth Gypsy Robe Winner of the Season

Broadway Season Kicks Into High Gear with the Opening of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's MOVIN' OUT

Mark Oka dons the gyspy robe

Alan Eisenberg, Lea Salonga, Mark Oka
photos by Sabrina Gordin

Pascal Faye, currently performing in MOVIN' OUT, is the fourth "Gypsy Robe" winner of the increasingly busy 2002 - 2003 Broadway season. On Thursday night, October 24, Marc Oka, the most recent winner of the robe for his role in FLOWER DRUM SONG, presented the robe to Ms. Faye in the opening night ceremony that has become a beloved tradition over the last 50 years.

According to tradition, the chorus member (aka "gypsy") with the most Broadway show appearances in a cast is awarded the Gypsy Robe. Ms. Faye was the MOVIN' OUT cast member with the most credits, having appeared in CONTACT, TITANIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ONCE UPON A MATRESS, VICTOR/ VICTORIA, GUYS & DOLLS, and GRAND HOTEL.

Once the robe is awarded, the cast, crew and visitors circle up and the winner then walks around the circle counterclockwise so that everyone on hand can touch the robe which ensures good luck and, hopefully, a long run. Terry Marone, the director of the Gypsy Robe, led the ceremony. On hand were Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp, the show's creators, as well as Alan Eisenberg, the Executive director of Actors' Equity Association.

Ms. Faye and MOVIN' OUT became the fourth recipients of the robe in the 2002 - 2003 season, following Mr. Oka for FLOWER DRUM SONG, Judine Richard for HAIRSPRAY and Elizabeth Mills for THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE. DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES will be next to receive the robe on its opening night, Thursday, November 21 followed by MAN OF LA MANCHA on Thursday, December 5.

Recognizing their cultural and historic value, Actors' Equity recently donated two robes into permanent collections at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History. Three robes are on permanent loan to the Museum of the City of New York. Seven "elderly" robes are still maintained by the Union at its national headquarters on West 46th Street, and one is always on display in the Equity Audition Center.

David Lotz
Director of Communications
October 25, 2002

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