Broadway's Mary Poppins Celebrates Six Years on Broadway Nov. 16
By Andrew Gans
The Broadway production of the hit Disney-Cameron Mackintosh musical Mary Poppins, which currently stars Steffanie Leigh as the high-flying nanny, celebrates six years on Broadway Nov. 16 at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
The family-friendly musical began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street) Oct. 14, 2006, before officially opening Nov. 16, 2006.
On Nov. 20, the production plays its 2,500th performance, and on Nov. 23 at 2 PM, the musical becomes the 23rd longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing The Producers.
Mary Poppins is the third Disney Theatrical Productions show (following Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King) and the fifth Cameron Mackintosh show (joining Cats, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon) to play five or more years on Broadway.
Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $731 million and welcomed more than 10 million guests.
The Broadway cast also features Tony Award nominee Gavin Lee as Bert.
Mary Poppins, a co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, is based on P.L. Travers' stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. The score boasts the film's Academy Award-winning music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with new songs by Olivier Award winners George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
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.
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