HISTORY OF THE GYPSY ROBE
On Broadway in 1953, a chorus member of GYPSY, as the chorus members are affectionately called, had jokingly sent a robe over to a friend who was a gypsy in the chorus of CALL ME MADAM. This friend decided to keep the joke alive by affixing a memento of the show to the robe and sent THE GYPSY ROBE off to another gypsy of yet another show.
As the robes have filled up with show memorabilia, they are retired and a new robe starts out “naked”. Some of these robes have even made their final destination into the Smithsonian Museum. (Resource: Ask.com-key word Gypsy Robe)
Our robe started its journey when Sandy Brewer presented it to Betty Steagald at the 2000 Awards Banquet. Since the first presentation was not connected to a current show, Betty chose to affix a large red oval patch explaining the robe’s procedure. Criteria for our Gypsy Robe have certain guidelines different from the robe traveling from show to show on Broadway. The recipients’ show is not limited to musicals; however it must be part of a regular season, not a fill in or visiting / joint production. The recipient can be anyone who has worked on the show at the discretion of the presenter. If the presenter is not familiar with the current show’s cast & staff, it is acceptable to confer with the Director regarding possible candidates. To maximize space on the robe, it is suggested that the recipient not exceed a 4” patch size. Recipients should also be sure to include their name, title, month and year of the show on their patch.