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Brown will assume the title role through July 17 while Laura Michelle Kelly, who is currently playing the part, will take a brief hiatus for a film project. Kelly is scheduled to return to the show July 19.
Brown will be reunited with her original Broadway Bert, co-star Gavin Lee, having last performed with him when they launched the Mary Poppins North American tour.
The Broadway cast also currently features Laird Mackintosh 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, Catherine Missal and Sadie Seelert; alternating in the role of Michael Banks are Ethan Haberfield, David Gabriel Lerner and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert. (Karl Kenzler returns to the role of George Banks April 5.)
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.