PLAYBILL PICKS: From Jafar to Scar to Gaston, A Rogues' Gallery of Disney Stage Villains

By Michael Gioia
10 Apr 2012

Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew on Broadway.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Villain: Miss Andrew
Musical: Mary Poppins
Crime: When high-flying nanny Mary Poppins leaves the Banks residence at the end of the first act, Jane and Michael are greeted by Miss Andrew, Mr. Banks' childhood nanny, who will now take over for Poppins. Andrews, a brutal tyrant, does not believe in Mary Poppins' "Spoonful-of-Sugar" outlook on life and instead gives the children her own terrible concoction of "Brimstone and Treacle."
Onstage: The role of witchy Miss Andrew was originated by Ruth Gottschall (who still stars) in the long-running Broadway musical, which opened Nov. 16, 2006, at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Musical Numbers: The not-so-nice nanny sings the menacing "Brimstone and Treacle," one of several new songs written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe in the musical that also features the beloved film score by the Sherman Brothers. In part two of "Brimstone and Treacle," nannies Poppins and Andrew face off.

For more on Broadway's Mary Poppins, visit the Playbill Vault.