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Broadway Performer to Speak

Broadway Performer to Speak

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Where: Caplinger Lecture Hall


Please invite your students to come listen to Broadway performer Dale Hensley speak (via Skype) at 8:30 AM Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Caplinger Lecture Hall. A question and answer session will follow.

Dale Hensley has appeared on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles (2010 revival), The Drowsy Chaperone, La Cage (2005 revival), Sunset Blvd., Guys and Dolls, Cats, and Anything Goes. He has toured in La Cage, Drowsy Chaperone, The Full Monty, Big, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sugar Babies, and was in the Vegas company of Hairspray. He has sung with Patti LuPone at Carnegie Hall, with the NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall, and has appeared in 10 City Center Encores. On Television, Dale has been on Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light, and All My Children. Regional theatre favorites: Hairspray (North Carolina Theatre), 42nd ST. (Goodspeed), Candide (Connecticut Rep), The Immigrant (Westport), Victor/Victoria (Papermill Playhouse), and 1776 (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

Mr. Hensley received the Gypsy Robe as a member of the La Cage aux Folles chorus.

“History of the Gypsy Robe: began in 1950, when Bill Bradley, in the chorus of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, borrowed a dressing gown from Chorus member Florence Baum and sent it to a friend in CALL ME MADAM on opening night (Oct 12, 1950) saying it was worn by all the Ziegfeld beauties and would "bless" the show. A cabbage rose from Ethel Merman's gown was added and the robe was passed along to next Broadway musical on opening night. The tradition evolved so that the robe is now presented to the "gypsy" who has performed the most Broadway musicals on a chorus contract. Along the way, the robe is decorated, painted, patched, stitched, and signed by everyone in the show, becoming a fanciful patchwork for an entire Broadway season” (Actors Equity).

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