By Kenneth Jones
04 Dec 2009
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
The musical marks Boyle's Broadway debut. She originated the role of Mrs. Brill with the Mary Poppins North American touring company, performing with it through the Nov. 15 opening of the Los Angeles engagement at the Ahmanson.
Boyle has appeared in a wide variety of leading stage roles in Canada including vaudevillian entertainer Sophie Tucker in her self-penned, critically acclaimed musical comedy Sophie Tucker: Last of the Red Hot Mamas and as Mother Superior in Nunsense and Nunsense II.
She co-stars as Principal Amanda Durst in the hit Canadian TV series, "Strange Days at Blake Holsey High" and as Principal Wolfe in the new Canadian series "Aaron Stone."
Produced by Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins celebrated three years at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 16.
The musical has played over 1,275 performances since its official opening in 2006 (previews began Oct. 14, 2006).
The musical is based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. The show includes the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the libretto; Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre; and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.
For tickets and information, www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.