Mary Poppins Composers Ready Several New Projects

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The British song-writing team of composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe are hard at work polishing the score for the forthcoming Cameron Mackintosh and Disney London production of Mary Poppins, for which they have written six new songs and plenty of additional material, added to the film’s Sherman Brothers’ standards. But they’ve got plans of their own for after the opening.

They’re riding a wave of success which saw the pair win the Olivier Award for Best Musical for Honk (their musical version of “The Ugly Duckling”, which beating out competition including Mamma Mia and The Lion King) and bag the Poppins job.

In 2005, after many years, they will finally record their show, Just So, first produced by Mackintosh at the Watermill and Tricycle Theatres. The album will be released by First Night Records. The same year will also see the premiere of their new musical Soho, about a love triangle in London’s Soho district.

Soho, say the pair, has a touch of “Cinderella” about it but won’t reveal any more. They have, however, told Playbill On-Line that they are in talks about a possible Broadway musical as well as a digitally animated feature film.

Although they feel the time may be right for Broadway – with, they say, 760 productions of HonkHonk on the Great White Way.

“Although Honk has had over 1000 productions worldwide, it’s a very intimate show.”, said Stiles, “The Broadway producers who approached us wanted to make it overblown, which would have spoiled the charm of the show.”

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