BWW Exclusive: MARY POPPINS Cast Memories- Kathleen Nanni
As the Broadway production of Mary Poppins comes to a close, we asked current and original principle cast members, as well as current cast members who have been with the show since day one, to share with us some memories and tell us what being a part of the magic has meant to them. Original and current cast member Kathleen Nanni shared:
My favorite Mary Poppins memory is our autism performance. I will never forget how my heart felt looking out into that audience full of families getting the opportunity to experience broadway magic. Feeling that we made a difference that day as an entire company. We touched hearts. It was so fulfilling. Powerful stuff!
I could write a book on what Mary Poppins has meant to me! The first thing that comes to mind is the child inside. I have been performing since I was 3 years old. It was my passion growing up. I remember pretending as a little girl with my friends that we made up these fabulous shows and had sold out audiences! I'll never forget the feelings I experienced opening night. That child inside soared! It was surreal! It has been such an honor and dream come true to be a part of this production and have had the opportunity to work with such an incredible creative team! I will carry these Mary Poppins memories close to my heart and be grateful for the rest of my life.
Mary Poppins will conclude Broadway run at The New Amsterdam Theatre Sunday, March 3, 2013 after 2619 performances and more than six years. With attendance totaling nearly four million guests, the show has been seen by more people in the last six years than any Broadway show except Wicked and The Lion King. Mary Poppins opened on Broadway in 2006, just two years after debuting in London's West End, where it had received nine Olivier Award nominations and won Olivier, Evening Standard and WhatsOnStage Awards. The Broadway production received 25 major theatrical award nominations, winning Tony and Drama Desk Awards.
Mary Poppins will rank as the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history by the time its run is complete, ranking between Best Musical winners Hairspray and Avenue Q on the list of long runs. For tickets, visit: http://www.marypoppins.com/tickets