Broadway's Mary Poppins Will Fly Out Of New Amsterdam Theatre in March
By Andrew Gans
The Broadway production of the award-winning Disney-Cameron Mackintosh musical Mary Poppins will play its final performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre March 3. When it closes, the family-friendly musical will have played 2,619 performances.
For information and tickets to the show’s final 63 performances, visit MaryPoppins.com.
Thomas Schumacher, producer and president Disney Theatrical Productions, said in a statement, “Mary Poppins has been a labor of love for Cameron, all of the show’s brilliant creators and those of us at Disney Theatrical for over a decade. But the show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night. We thank them and New York for six tremendous years.”
Cameron Mackintosh added, “Bringing Mary Poppins to the Broadway stage with Tom & Disney has been a complete joy and I am thrilled that Mary has been able to inhabit the glorious New Amsterdam for over six years and is now playing overseas to ensure the medicine goes down in the most delightful way. 'Til we meet again.”
In related news, Music Theatre International will start licensing the musical to North American professional theatres this year.
The Broadway cast currently features features Steffanie Leigh as Mary Poppins, Nicholas Dromard as Bert, 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 ("Downton Abbey"), who wrote the book; and Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre.
For tickets, show information and performance schedule, visit MaryPoppins.com.
Although no official announcement has been made, it has been reported that the musical version of Disney's Aladdin will follow Mary Poppins into the New Amsterdam.
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