By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
11 Oct 2011
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly, the West End's original Mary, played her final performance on Broadway Oct. 9.
Leigh joins a cast that also features Tony Award nominee Gavin Lee as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Ann Arvia as Bird Woman, Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Robertson Ay, Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew and Jonathan Freeman as Admiral Boom. Alternating in the role of Jane Banks are Rozi Baker, Brigid Harrington and Kara Oates; alternating in the role of Michael Banks are Lewis Grosso, David Gabriel Lerner and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert.
Leigh played the practically perfect nanny for eight months on the road. Her previous regional theatre credits include Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, 42nd St., Into the Woods, Grease, Mame and Les Miserables. She received her BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University.
The stage production was created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the book; and Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre.
For tickets, show information and performance schedule, visit MaryPoppins.com.