Jolly Holland Days: Mary Poppins Will Get Production Near Amsterdam

News   Jolly Holland Days: Mary Poppins Will Get Production Near Amsterdam
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh announced on Nov. 10 that an open-ended run of Mary Poppins will play the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Holland, outside of Amsterdam in 2010.

The production will open in April 2010 and will follow the venue's production of Tarzan. Mary Poppins will be produced by Joop van den Ende Theatreproductions/Stage Entertainment, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's producing partner in Holland.

Producer Mackintosh stated, "Mary Poppins has always had an extraordinary hold over audiences around the world. First with P.L. Travers' books in the 1930s then Walt Disney's magical film in 1964 and now with the musical I was inspired to produce with Disney…

"I am delighted to be once again working with my long time collaborator Joop van den Ende. It's now over 20 years since we first did Cats together in Amsterdam and subsequently my original productions of Les Miserables (that is still playing in Rotterdam and is about to transfer to Amsterdam for a limited season), The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon."

Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions and co-producer of Mary Poppins stated, "Our Disney film is beloved in Holland and I am sure it will play beautifully in the Circus Theatre. Our current production of Tarzan has been a great success there and we look forward to our next collaboration with Stage Entertainment."

Mary Poppins, Holland, will be the fifth production of the show (it began in London), with a sixth planned for Australia in 2010. The musical opened on Broadway in 2006 and will celebrate its second anniversary in November. A U.K. tour was recently launched and is garnering critical and box office success. A U.S. tour begins in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in March 2009 and will play other cities, including St. Louis and Dallas, before going to Los Angeles at the end of 2009.

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