MARY POPPINS Celebrates 1000th Performance on Bdwy 4/9
The award-winning musical Mary Poppins celebrates its 1000th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Thursday, April 9 becoming one of a rare few musicals in Broadway's history to achieve this milestone. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher for Disney Theatrical Productions, the Broadway production has grossed over $ 132 million to date, recouped its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere and has been seen by over 1.6 million theatergoers.
Simultaneously, the show's popularity grows around the globe. Following a successful three-year run at the Prince Edward Theatre in London's West End, a UK tour commenced last summer garnering critical and box office success. The UK tour opened in Plymouth, moved on to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and will close this month in Cardiff. A North American tour launched at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre on March 25, 2009 to rave reviews from Chicago's top theatrical critics. After Chicago, the tour heads to Cleveland's Playhouse Square, followed by additional cities including Minneapolis, St. Louis, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Many journalists have noted the parallels between the themes of Mary Poppins and the current economic troubles that are plaguing North America and the rest of the world, highlighting the relevancy of this timeless story. As Variety noted just last month, "Changing economic circumstances since the show's premiere add potent emotional currency".
It has been 75 years since P.L. Travers first wrote about the magic of Mary Poppins in her cherished novels, and the tale remains fresh and resonant to so many generations today. Based on Travers' stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who wrote the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.
Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre led the Mary Poppins creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. Mary Poppins features set and costume design by Tony Award® winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, music supervision by David Caddick, and music direction by Brad Haak.
Scarlett Strallen and Adam Fiorentino respectively play the roles of Mary Poppins and Bert. Joining Strallen and Fiorentino in the Broadway company are Daniel Jenkins (Mr. Banks), Rebecca Luker (Mrs. Banks), Jane Carr (Mrs. Brill), Ann Arvia (Bird Woman), Mark Price (Robertson Ay), Ruth Gottschall (Miss Andrew) and Jeff Steitzer (Admiral Boom).