By Andrew Gans
02 Aug 2010
|Photo by Michael Le Poer Trench|
When he joins the New York company, Lee will be reunited with his original London co-star, Laura Michelle Kelly, who is currently starring in the title role of the Broadway production.
"We are enormously excited that, at long last, Broadway will get to see the sublime on-stage pairing of Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee, our original Mary and Bert," stated Thomas Schumacher, producer and president, Disney Theatrical Productions. "Their winning chemistry and star power delighted London audiences and critics alike and now New York has the opportunity to see them together."
For the role of Bert, Lee garnered an Oliver Award nomination in the world premiere West End production and later marked his Broadway debut with the show in October 2006, receiving a Tony nomination and the Drama Desk Award as Best Actor in a Musical.
Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins will mark four years on Broadway Nov. 16.
The Broadway cast also features Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Ann Arvia as Bird Woman, Mark Price as Robertson Ay, Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew and Jonathan Freeman as Admiral Boom. Alternating in the role of Jane Banks are Catherine Missal, Rachel Resheff and Rozi Baker; alternating in the role of Michael Banks are Christopher Flaim, David Gabriel Lerner and Ethan Haberfield.
Richard Eyre directs Mary Poppins, which features choreography and co-direction by Matthew Bourne and boasts original songs from the film — with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman — as well as new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes wrote the book.
For tickets visit DisneyonBroawday. The New Amsterdam is located at 214 West 42nd Street.