MARY POPPINS Tour to Close; Amateur Rights Coming in Fall 2014
Mary Poppins, one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years, will see more than 40 new professional productions take flight between summer 2013 and summer 2014, including summer 2013 runs at The MUNY in St. Louis, MO, Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, UT, and Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, ME. Internationally, licensed productions continue around the world, including productions in Hungary, Iceland, The Czech Republic, and Estonia.
The North American tour of Mary Poppins, which began on March 11, 2009 in Chicago, IL, recently concluded its four year run in Anchorage, AK on June 2, clearing the way for professional regional productions to follow. One of the most successful national tours of recent years, the production played 1,650 performances in 80 cities and delighted over three million audience members.
A select group of distinguished high schools have been selected to pilot Mary Poppins for the high school market in 2013-14. Amateur rights, licensed through Music Theater International, are expected to be available in fall 2014. Groups can sign up at www.mtishows.com for "fast track" notification to receive an e-mail when the show becomes available for licensing. A complete catalogue of Disney musicals available for license can be found at www.disneytheatricallicensing.com.
Mary Poppins received its world premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004. Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.
The Broadway production of Mary Poppins officially opened on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere. The record-breaking production closed at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 3, 2013 after 2619 performances and more than six years. With attendance totaling nearly four million guests, the Broadway production was seen by more people in the last six years than any Broadway show except Wicked and The Lion King. It closed as the 22nd longest running show in Broadway history, ranking between Best Musical winners Hairspray and Avenue Q on the list of long runs.
Mary Poppins has also played to enormous success in a UK tour, Holland, Australia and New Zealand. The first-ever Spanish language production continues in Mexico City.
The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards.