Mary Poppins Extends Chicago Engagement By Two Months

News   Mary Poppins Extends Chicago Engagement By Two Months The North American national tour of Mary Poppins, which kicks off March 11 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, has extended its run at the Illinois venue.

Originally scheduled to play the Cadillac Palace Theatre through May 17, the production will now run an additional two months through July 12.

Tickets for the extension — May 20-July 12 – will go on sale March 13 at 10 AM.

Original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee will reprise their roles as Mary Poppins and Bert, respectively, for the upcoming Poppins tour.

They will be joined onstage by Karl Kenzler (Mr. Banks), Megan Osterhaus (Mrs. Banks), Valerie Boyle (Mrs. Brill), Mary Vanarsdel (Bird Woman), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Robertson Ay), Ellen Harvey (Miss Andrew) and Mike O'Carroll (Admiral Boom). Christopher Flaim and Justin Hall will alternate in the role of Michael Banks. Kirrilee Berger and Abigail Droeger will alternate in the role of Jane Banks.

The ensemble will comprise Tia Altinay, Carol Angeli, Gail Bennett, Kiara Bennett, Brandon Bieber, Troy Edward Bowles, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Michael Gerhart, Geoffery Goldberg, Emily Harvey, Tiffany Howard, Kelly Jacobs, Wendy James, Clark Johnsen, Justin Keyes, Brian Letendre, Laird Mackintosh, Vanessa McMahan, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Dominic Roberts, Nick Sanchez, Q. Smith, Jesse Swimm and Tom Souhrada. Richard Eyre directs Mary Poppins, which features choreography and co-direction by Matthew Bourne and boasts original songs from the film — with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman — as well as new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes wrote the book.

The musical also features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design Steve Canyon Kennedy, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical direction by Brad Haak and musical supervision by David Caddick.

After Chicago, the Poppins tour is scheduled to play The State Theatre in Cleveland, The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas and The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with additional cities, venues and dates to be announced.

Ticket for the Chicago run are available at Broadway in Chicago box offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at ticketmaster.com.

For more information visit www.marypoppins.com.

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