Sheen, Mackintosh, Wilson, Izen and Moench to Join Mary Poppins Tour

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Caroline Sheen, who starred in the U.K. tour of Mary Poppins, will step into the title role of the North American tour of that Cameron Mackintosh-Disney musical next month.

Caroline Sheen
Caroline Sheen

Sheen replaces Ashley Brown, who will play her final performance in Los Angeles at The Ahmanson Theatre Feb. 7. Sheen joins the production in Tempe, AZ, where performances begin at ASU Gammage Auditorium on Feb. 11.

Sheen will join original London, Broadway and North American tour star Gavin Lee, who plays Bert. Joining Sheen and Lee will be new cast members Laird Mackintosh as George Banks, Blythe Wilson as Winifred Banks, Rachel Izen as Mrs. Brill and Dennis Moench as Robertson Ay.

Rounding out the cast are Tia Altinay, Carol Angeli, Gail Bennett, Kiara Bennett, Brandon Bieber, Troy Edward Bowles, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Jonathan Brody, Kate Chapman, Elizabeth Earley, Michael Gerhart, Geoffrey Goldberg, Emily Harvey, Tiffany Howard, Kelly Jacobs, Sam Kiernan, Brian Letendre, Vanessa McMahan, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Dominic Roberts, Nick Sanchez, Q. Smith, Jesse Swimm and Tom Souhrada.

Sheen, who was born in Wales, will be making her U.S. stage debut. She has appeared in leading roles in the West End and UK; credits include productions of The Light in the Piazza, Once in a Lifetime, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grease, Les Miserables, The Witches of Eastwickand Mamma Mia!

Richard Eyre directs Mary Poppins, which 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. The musical also features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design Steve Canyon Kennedy, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical direction by James Dodgson, musical supervision by David Caddick, tour director Anthony Lyn and associate choreographer Geoffrey Garrett.

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