By John Nathan
01 Jun 2007
|Photo by Alastair Muir|
The seven-time Tony-nominated Broadway version opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 16, 2006. Richard Eyre and choreographer Matthew Bourne co-directed both the London and New York productions.
Gavin Lee, who created the role of Bert in the West End, took his performance to New York, where he has been nominated for a Best Leading Actor in a Musical Tony Award.
The London production currently stars Scarlett Strallen as the world's favorite flyinng nanny with American Gavin Creel as the cockney chimneysweep Bert.
Mary Poppins includes many of the original songs from the film with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production was created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who wrote new songs and additional music and lyrics for the show.
It is thought the Frankie Valli Broadway hit Jersey Boys will replace Mary Poppins at Mackintosh's Prince Edward Theatre.
For more information visit www.marypoppins.co.uk.