Mary Poppins Likely to Launch Tour in 2008

News   Mary Poppins Likely to Launch Tour in 2008 The new Disney musical Mary Poppins, which plays Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre, will likely be launched on a national tour in 2008.

Playbill.com has learned that Disney Theatrical Productions is looking at all options for a fall 2008 tour. Los Angeles and Chicago have been discussed as being among those options, according to sources, but no official announcement has been made. A start date for the tour has yet to be announced.

Mary Poppins — a co-production between Disney and Cameron Mackintosh — earned 11 nominations for the 57th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, the most nods for any show of the season.

The musical began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre Oct. 14, 2006. Ashley Brown, recently seen on Broadway as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, stars as Mary Poppins, the role immortalized on screen by Academy Award winner Julie Andrews. Gavin Lee, who starred as Bert in the London production, re-creates his role opposite Brown.

Richard Eyre directs Mary Poppins, which is based on P.L. Travers' original stories and the 1964 Disney film. The musical 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.

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