Marriott Theatre's Mary Poppins Will Feature Summer Naomi Smart, Bernie Yvon and Johnny Rabe
By Adam Hetrick
Jeff Award winner Summer Naomi Smart, Bernie Yvon and Johnny Rabe will appear in the Marriott Theatre production of Mary Poppins, which will be directed by Gary Griffin this fall in Lincolnshire, IL
Griffin (The Color Purple, The Apple Tree) will helm the Disney musical that will have choreography by Alex Sanchez and musical direction by Michael Mahler. It will run Oct. 23-Jan. 5.
Mary Poppins is based on the “Mary Poppins” series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1965 Disney film of the same name. The musical features a book by Julian Fellowes, music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers, and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
Smart (Wicked, The Light in the Piazza) will play Mary Poppins, with Yvon (Ragtime, Hairspray) as Bert, and young actor Johnny Rabe – of Broadway's A Christmas Story – alternating with Brady Tutton as Michael Banks.
The cast also features Rod Thomas as George Banks, Susan Moniz as Winifred Banks and Caroline Heffernan and Madison Gloria Olszewski sharing the role of Jane Banks.
Completing the ensemble are John Reeger, Paula Scrofano, Matthew Crowle, Rebecca Finnegan, Johanna McKenzie Miller, William Carlos Angulo, Lauren Blane, Jaclyn Burch, Jameson Cooper, Raymond Interior, Ericka Mac, Sam Rogers, Amanda Tanguay, Brandi Wooten and Melissa Zaremba.
The Marriott Theatre is located at 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire, IL. For more information and tickets, call (847) 634-0200 or visit MarriottTheatre.com.
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