Mary Poppins, with Hunt-Ballard, Opens in Australia July 29

News   Mary Poppins, with Hunt-Ballard, Opens in Australia July 29
Verity Hunt-Ballard stars in the title role of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's production of Mary Poppins, which officially opens July 29 following previews that began July 14 at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne.

Verity Hunt-Ballard in Mary Poppins
Verity Hunt-Ballard in Mary Poppins

Hunt-Ballard is joined onstage in Poppins by Matt Lee as Bert, Philip Quast as Mr. George Banks, Marina Prior as Mrs. Winifred Banks, Sally Anne Upton as Mrs. Brill, Christopher Rickerby as Robertson Ay, David Henry as Admiral Boom, Judi Connelli as Miss Andrew and Debra Byrne as The Bird Woman.

The production is directed by Richard Eyre with co-direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne. Set and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison and orchestrations by William David Brohn. Associate director is James Powell, associate choreographer is Geoffrey Garratt, musical supervisor is Stephen Brooker and musical director is Paul Christ.

The musical 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.

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