PHOTO CALL: The Gypsy Robe 1994-1995: Front View

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Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The May 1994 to October 1995 Gypsy Robe features a Sunset Boulevard street sign set in a starry sky, a Show Boat on the Mississippi River, a suit and tie from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and red bandana sleeves from The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, as well as memorablia from Grease!, Hello, Dolly! and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Three gypsy robes —1987-1989, 1994-1995 and 1998-2000 — the Theatre Collection of the Museum of the City of New York on April 9.

One of the theatre's most enduring traditions, the passing of the Gypsy Robe dates back over 50 years. Dancing and singing chorus members — known as "gypsies" because they move from show to show — pass along a robe from show to show on each production's opening night. The chorus member who has appeared in the most Broadway musicals receives the robe and takes ownership until the next Broadway opening. Along the way, the robe is decorated and signed by everyone in the show becoming a fanciful patchwork for at least one theatre season.

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— By Christine Ehren