Kenzler, Osterhaus, Boyle, Keenan-Bolger Will Join Brown and Lee in Poppins Tour

News   Kenzler, Osterhaus, Boyle, Keenan-Bolger Will Join Brown and Lee in Poppins Tour
Complete casting has been announced for the North American national tour of Mary Poppins, which kicks off March 11 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre prior to an official opening March 25.

Karl Kenzler will play Mr. Banks.
Karl Kenzler will play Mr. Banks.

As previously announced, original Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Gavin Lee, will reprise their roles as Mary Poppins and Bert, respectively, for the upcoming tour.

They will be joined onstage by Karl Kenzler (Mr. Banks), Megan Osterhaus (Mrs. Banks), Valerie Boyle (Mrs. Brill), Mary Vanarsdel (Bird Woman), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Robertson Ay), Ellen Harvey (Miss Andrew) and Mike O’Carroll (Admiral Boom). Christopher Flaim and Justin Hall will alternate in the role of Michael Banks. Kirrilee Berger and Abigail Droeger will alternate in the role of Jane Banks.

The ensemble will comprise Tia Altinay, Carol Angeli, Gail Bennett, Kiara Bennett, Brandon Bieber, Troy Edward Bowles, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Michael Gerhart, Geoffery Goldberg, Emily Harvey, Tiffany Howard, Kelly Jacobs, Wendy James, Clark Johnsen, Justin Keyes, Brian Letendre, Laird Mackintosh, Vanessa McMahan, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Dominic Roberts, Nick Sanchez, Q. Smith, Jesse Swimm and Tom Souhrada.

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 Brad Haak and musical supervision by David Caddick. After Chicago, the Poppins tour is scheduled to play The State Theatre in Cleveland, The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, The Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas and The Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, with additional cities, venues and dates to be announced.

Ticket for the Chicago run are available at Broadway in Chicago box offices (18 W. Monroe, 24 W. Randolph St. and 151 W. Randolph St.), through the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line at (312) 902-1400, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at

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