Playbill.com has learned that Disney Theatrical Productions is looking at all options for a fall 2008 tour. Los Angeles and Chicago have been discussed as being among those options, according to sources, but no official announcement has been made. A start date for the tour has yet to be announced.
The musical began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre Oct. 14, 2006. Ashley Brown, recently seen on Broadway as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, stars as Mary Poppins, the role immortalized on screen by Academy Award winner Julie Andrews. Gavin Lee, who starred as Bert in the London production, re-creates his role opposite Brown.
Richard Eyre directs Mary Poppins, which is based on P.L. Travers' original stories and the 1964 Disney film. The musical features choreography and co-direction by Matthew Bourne and boasts original songs from the film — with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman — as well as new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Julian Fellowes wrote the book.
For more information visit www.marypoppins.com.