Nicolas Dromard Will Return to Role of Bert in Broadway's Mary Poppins
By Andrew Gans
Nicolas Dromard will return to the role of Bert in the Broadway production of the award-winning Disney musical Mary Poppins Jan. 9. He succeeds Tony nominee Gavin Lee, who played his final performance Jan. 4; Lee is joining the West End company of Top Hat.
Dromard played the role of Bert for over two years on the North American tour of Mary Poppins with a stint on Broadway in summer 2010. He was last seen as Bert at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles last year. His Broadway credits also include The Boy From Oz and Oklahoma!
He joins a cast that also features Steffanie Leigh as Mary Poppins, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Janet MacEwen as Bird Woman, Dennis Moench as Robertson Ay, Q. Smith as Miss Andrew and Jonathan Freeman as Admiral Boom. Alternating in the role of Jane Banks are Carly Paige Baron, Maya Jade Frank and Elizabeth Teeter; alternating in the role of Michael Banks are Aidan Gemme, Anthony Pierini and Hayden Signoretti.
The family-friendly musical began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 West 42nd Street) Oct. 14, 2006, before officially opening Nov. 16, 2006.
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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