Poppins’ New Nursery Rhymes

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When new principals Laura Michelle Kelly and Christian Borle pop into Broadway's Mary Poppins on Oct. 12, so will a brand new song, Playbill.com has learned.

Instead of the menacing "Temper, Temper," in which the naughty Banks children are punished by their oversized toys, audiences will get a variation on the idea, "Playing the Game," another ensemble musical number by songwriters Anthony Drewe and George Stiles. The song was introduced in North America with the March launch of the current Mary Poppins tour.

As is well known to fans of the musical at Broadway's New Amsterdam, the show's score weaves new songs by Stiles & Drewe ("Practically Perfect," "Anything Can Happen," "Cherry Tree Lane," "Being Mrs. Banks" and others) with Sherman Brothers classics from the famous Disney film ("Feed the Birds," "Jolly Holiday," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Step in Time," "Let's Go Fly a Kite," Chim Chim Cher-ee," among others).

Mary Poppins draws on elements from the 1964 movie and the book series by P.L. Travers.

Kelly created the title role (and won an Olivier Award for her high-flying turn) in the original London production. Borle, who will play chimney sweep Bert, was recently featured in Broadway's Legally Blonde, for which he was Tony-nominated in 2007 as Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Mary Poppins will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street on Nov. 16.
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