PHOTO CALL: Mary Poppins National Tour Launches in Chicago

News   PHOTO CALL: Mary Poppins National Tour Launches in Chicago Mary Poppins kicks off its national tour at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre with original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee.

Richard Eyre directs the new staging with choreography and co-direction by Matthew Bourne. Joining Brown (in the title role) and Lee (as Bert) are 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 alternate in the role of Michael Banks. Abigail Droeger and Aida Neitenbach alternate in the role of Jane Banks.

The musical features Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman songs from the film with new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes penned the book.

Here is a look at the national touring company:

For more information on the tour, visit marypoppins.com.