Steffanie Leigh and Nicolas Dromard to Head Cast of Mary Poppins Tour
By Andrew Gans
Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh have announced full casting for the Philadelphia engagement of the national tour of Mary Poppins, which will begin performances March 23 at the Academy of Music with an official opening March 25. Performances will continue through April 17.
Steffanie Leigh, who previously understudied the title role in the touring production, will star as Mary Poppins with original Broadway company member Nicolas Dromard as Bert.
The cast will also feature Michael Dean Morgan as George Banks, Blythe Wilson as Winifred Banks, Rachel Izen as Mrs. Brill, Dennis Moench as Robertson Ay, Q. Smith as Miss Andrew, Janet MacEwen as The Bird Woman and Michael McCarty as Admiral Boom.
Performances in the role of Jane Banks will be alternated between Camille Mancuso and Marissa Smoker; performances in the role of Michael Banks will be alternated between Talon Ackerman and Tyler Merna.
Rounding out the company are Jacob ben Widmar, Kiara Bennett, Troy Edward Bowles, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Arielle Campbell, Debra Cardona, Eric Coles, Carol Angeli Dillard, Case Dillard, Elizabeth Earley, Geoffrey Goldberg, Mark Harapiak, Eric Hatch, Garett Hawe, Tiffany Howard, Lisa Kassay, Sam Kiernan, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Chuck Rea, Nick Sanchez, Jesse Swimm, Jen Taylor, Rachel Wallace and Michelle E. White.
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.
The musical also features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design Steve Canyon Kennedy, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical direction by James Dodgson, musical supervision by David Caddick, tour director Anthony Lyn and associate choreographer Geoffrey Garrett.
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased by calling (215) 731-3333 or online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
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