The great musical blockbuster Mary Poppins has swept into town. The cast's 16 chimney sweepers lined the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre yesterday for the first sneak peek of what's in store when it premieres next Thursday. Co-producer Cameron Mackintosh said the "dream Australian cast" would be putting on the finest production of Mary Poppins everywhere in the world. Backstage, the stars of the show Verity Hunt-Ballard, Matt Lee, Marina Prior and Philip Quast assembled before launching into the final frantic week of rehearsals. Stage veteran prior, who will be playing Winifred Banks, said Mary Poppins had the feel of a hit. "Over 25 years you get to know," she said. "Every element has fallen perfectly into place. It's an amazing cast, it's an enduring story that generations love."
The Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's are enthusiastically expected Australian production of MARY POPPINS began performances Wednesday evening, July 14 at Her Majesty's Theatre in preparation for a Thursday, July 29 opening night. The Australian production stars Verity Hunt-Ballard in the title role and Matt Lee as Bert. It has a wonderful cast features Phil Quast as George Banks, Marina Prior as Winifred Banks, Sally Anne Upton as Mrs. Brill, Debra Byrne as Bird Woman, Christopher Rickerby as Robertson Ay, Judi Connelli as Miss Andrew and David Henry as Admiral Boom. The Broadway production of Mary Poppins has extended its booking period through to 2 Jan 2011. The musical opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on the 16 Nov 2005, following previews from the 14 Oct. There is no doubt that Marry Poppins musical is well liked in the world which is based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film.
The great Mary Poppins lands at the Kennedy Center. Impervious to cynicism and layered with critic-retardants, "Mary Poppins" has plopped into the Kennedy Center Opera House for a nice long stay that should keep the box office buzzing. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the July 1 performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's hit musical Mary Poppins at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The Mary Poppins North American tour is playing the Opera House in the famed arts complex through Aug. 22. President Obama and the First Lady had seen a number from Mary Poppins performed at last month's taping of "America Celebrates July 4th at Ford's Theatre," which airs countrywide July 2 at 9 PM ET on ABC check local listings. Caroline Sheen, who starred in the U.K. tour of Mary Poppins, currently heads the cast of the North American tour.