Mary Poppins Grinds to a Halt Oct. 25; Performances Resume Thursday

News   Mary Poppins Grinds to a Halt Oct. 25; Performances Resume Thursday We all know that the Banks household is in turmoil in Disney's Mary Poppins, but at the evening preview performance of the Broadway musical Oct. 25, that idea was taken to extremes.

Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee in Mary Poppins.
Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee in Mary Poppins. Photo by George Holz

At the 10th of 31 planned previews for the musical at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the mechanized Banks house set came to a halt about 10 minutes into Act Two. Thomas Schumacher, head of Disney's theatrical division, the show's co-producer with Cameron Mackintosh, announced a brief intermission so the problem could be explored, but the remainder of the performance was cancelled soon after.

A spokesman told Playbill.com early Thursday morning that the Oct. 26 performance would go on as usual. The Wednesday cancellation was due to "technical failure."

Ironically, the London production of Mary Poppins was also troubled by a tech issue Wednesday night, and that audience was also sent home.

The Broadway audience Wednesday night will be invited to attend a future performance.

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