By John Nathan
12 Jan 2008
The Disney/Cameron Mackintosh musical opened at the Prince Edward Dec. 15, 2004.
The seven-time, Tony-nominated Broadway version opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 16, 2006, where it continues to play. Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne co-directed both the London and New York productions.
In New York Bob Crowely won the Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, while in London Laura Michelle Kelley — who is soon to make her West End straight-play debut with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in Speed-the-Plow — won an Olivier Award for her performance in the musical's title role. Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear shared the Best Choreography Olivier for their Mary Poppins work.
Following the final London performance, the show is due to commence a U.K. and international tour.
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 wrote 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.
Jersey Boys, the Frankie Valli Broadway hit, will replace Mary Poppins at Mackintosh's Prince Edward Theatre on Feb. 28 with an official opening night March 18.