Mary Poppins Will Fly Off Broadway Come Spring
Not everything is as Practically Perfect as it may seem. While January and February always proves to be the coldest months on Broadway filled with show closures, Broadway now has a closure scheduled for the spring in the midst of a new season emerging. While the spring 2013 season begins to bloom on Broadway, one of the longest current running shows will fly off permanently. In an unexpected announcement, Disney Theatrical has announced that Mary Poppins will shutter on Broadway come March 3rd after a six year run in New York City.
Mary Poppins is a musical that features music by Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, George Stiles; lyrics by Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman, Anthony Drewe and a book by Julian Fellowes. It is a based off the 1964 Disney film of the same title. However, the musical not only incorporates the main film but also aspects of the children s books. It tells the story of Mary, not your typical nanny, who manages to not only know how to take care of children but have a magical time while doing so too.
The current cast of Mary Poppins on Broadway includes Steffanie Leigh as Mary Poppins, Nicholas Dromard as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Janet MacEwen as Bird Woman, Dennis Moench as Robertson Ay, Q. Smith as Miss Andrew and Jonathan Freeman as Admiral Boom. Alternating the role of Jane Banks are Carly Paige Baron, Maya Jade Frank and Elizabeth Teeter. Alternating the role of Michael Banks are Aidan Gemme, Anthony Pierini and Hayden Signoretti.
Mary Poppins, currently playing at The New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd street, will close March 3rd, 2013. The show, which officially opened November 16th, 2006, will close with a total of 2,619 performances. It is the only remaining show on Broadway from the 2006-2007 season. The production transferred to Broadway in 2006 after it originally began at London’s West End Prince Edward Theatre in 2004. The London production of Mary Poppins closed in 2008. The Broadway production was nominated for 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical and recouped after 52 weeks on Broadway.
President and Producer of Disney Theatrical Thomas Schumacher said the following a statement along with the closure announcement:
“Mary Poppins has been a labor of love for Cameron, all of the show’s brilliant creators and those of us at Disney Theatrical for over a decade. But the show’s extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors, musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night. We thank them and New York for six tremendous years.”
Lead Producer Cameron Mackintosh also added during the announcement:
“Bringing Mary Poppins to the Broadway stage with Tom & Disney has been a complete joy and I am thrilled that Mary has been able to inhabit the glorious New Amsterdam for over six years and is now playing overseas to ensure the medicine goes down in the most delightful way. ‘Til we meet again.”
So why exactly has Disney decided to close one of it’s biggest blockbusters on Broadway? Word has already been released that the company is working on a new stage adaptation of 1990’s animated film Aladdin which they intend to bring to Broadway and house in The New Amsterdam.
Luner on Theatre will be bringing you an entirely seperate blog post with all the news we have learned about Aladdin coming to Broadway. Be sure to check back for that.
Oddly enough, while digging for details of Aladdin on Broadway, Luner on Theatre discovered an interesting Aladdin Archive we had from our blog back in 2011. Check it out and tell us what you think!
So fly on over to the Banks house before Mary leaves for good! There are less then 50 chances left to experience one the most magical productions currently on Broadway! A current National Tour of the show is traveling the nation! So if you can’t make it to New York to see Mary, she may just be flying right into your hometown! Fore more information, check out Mary Poppins on Broadway’s Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!