August 21, 2014

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The Gypsy Project
The Gypsy Project: Chita Rivera The Gypsy Project: Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera, a Gypsy Robe recipient who is best known as "Queen of the Gypsies," is a Tony Award winner for her performances in The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. She has been nominated for her performances in Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, Bring Back Birdie, Merlin, Jerry's Girls, Nine and Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life. She has also been seen on Broadway in Can-Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful, Shinbone Alley and West Side Story, among others. Rivera is also a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors Award. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here . To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Tad Wilson The Gypsy Project: Tad Wilson
Tad Wilson, who received the Gypsy Robe this season for Bonnie & Clyde, has also been seen on Broadway in Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Rock of Ages. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Adrian Bailey The Gypsy Project: Adrian Bailey
Adrian Bailey is a four-time Gypsy Robe recipient, having received the Robe with Legs Diamond, Prince of Central Park, The Little Mermaid and Jelly's Last Jam. Other Broadway credits include Your Arms Too Short to Box With God, Sophisticated Ladies, My One and Only, The Who's Tommy, Smokey Joe's Caf, The Wild Party, La Cage Aux Folles and Hot Feet. During the run of The Little Mermaid, Bailey was injured after a fall through a trap door prior to the start of a matinee and was treated for multiple fractures, a broken back and a shattered pelvis, which put his Broadway career on hold. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: JoAnn Hunter The Gypsy Project: JoAnn Hunter
JoAnn Hunter, a two-time recipient of the Gypsy Robe for Kiss Me, Kate and Steel Pier, has also appeared on Broadway in Jerome Robbins' Broadway; Shogun, the Musical; Miss Saigon; Guys and Dolls; Damn Yankees; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Chicago; Thou Shalt Not; and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She was the associate choreographer for All Shook Up, Wedding Singer and Curtains and the dance captain for Spring Awakening. This season, she choreographed the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here . To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Jessica Bishop The Gypsy Project: Jessica Bishop
Jessica Bishop has been seen on Broadway in West Side Story and The Phantom of the Opera. She will be seen this summer in Goodspeed Musicals' production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Jean Michelle Grier The Gypsy Project: Jean Michelle Grier
Jean Michelle Grier has been seen on Broadway in the ensemble and as Sarabi in Disney's The Lion King. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: David Westphal The Gypsy Project: David Westphal
David Westphal, the Actors Equity Association staff reprehensive for the Gypsy Robe, is an AEA member since 1970, a Chorus performer for 25 years, an Equity Councillor for 20 years and the Equity National Chorus Business Representative. Westphal joined Equity in 1970 while appearing in Little Me at The Little Theatre On The Square in Sullivan, IL. He has also appeared in Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Good News with Alice Faye and Cabaret with Jack Gilford. He danced for Peter Gennaro in three productions at Radio City Music Hall. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Brian OBrien The Gypsy Project: Brian OBrien
Brian OBrien is a stage veteran with almost 20 years of Broadway experience under his belt including turns in Beauty and the Beast, Chicago, Steel Pier, Annie Get Your Gun, and Promises, Promises. OBrien was a Gypsy Robe recipient for The Pirate Queen. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Florence Brooks-Dunay (Baum) The Gypsy Project: Florence Brooks-Dunay (Baum)
Florence Brooks-Dunay, also known as Florence Baum, started the tradition of the Gypsy Robe in 1950 with the show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Bill Bradley, who was in the chorus of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, received her dressing gown and sent it to a friend on opening night of Call Me Madam. From there, the robe was passed to Guys and Dolls and became a tradition. Brooks-Dunay has also been seen on Broadway in Two's Company and Top Banana, and she performed in the touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
The Gypsy Project: Richard Korthaze The Gypsy Project: Richard Korthaze
Richard Korthaze has been a part of the Broadway productions of Anything Goes; Take Me Along; The American Dance Machine; Dancin'; Chicago; Pippin; Promises, Promise; Walking Happy; Skyscraper; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; The Conquering Hero; Happy Hunting; and Phoenix '55. To read more about The Gypsy Project, a collaboration with CBS Sunday Morning, click here. To see more interviews, click here.
 
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