MARY POPPINS Welcomes Kenzler & Osterhaus as the New 'Banks' Tonight, 3/1
MARY POPPINS will welcome to the company Karl Kenzler as George Banks and Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks tonight, Monday, March 1. Kenzler and Osterhaus reprise the roles they originated in the critically-acclaimed North American touring production (currently performing in Tempe, Arizona through February 28 before opening in Denver, Colorado on March 5). Produced on Broadway by Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh, MARY POPPINS performs at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
Current stars Jeff Binder (George Banks) and Rebecca Luker (Winifred Banks) played their final performance on Sunday, February 28.
Karl Kenzler's recent Broadway credits include Twelve Angry Men, The Caretaker and Dinner at Eight. Off-Broadway credits include The Tempest, Hamlet, Spinning Into Butter, The Charity That Began at Home and his one-man show, Fire In The Head. Regional work includes roles at the Guthrie, Old Globe, Cleveland Play House and Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Kenzler's notable television work includes "Fringe," a recurring role on "Law & Order: SVU," "Rescue Me," "Law & Order," "All My Children" and "Now and Again."
Megan Osterhaus rejoins the Broadway cast, having understudied the roles of Mary and Winifred Banks prior to joining the North American touring company. As a member of the Broadway ensemble cast, Osterhaus also performed the specialty roles of Katie Nanna and Annie Corry. She made her Broadway debut as the understudy for Sophie in Mamma Mia! Osterhaus' regional work includes Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie Dillmount), Children of Eden (Yonah), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator) and Gypsy (Louise).
MARY POPPINS currently stars Laura Michelle Kelly in the title role and Christian Borle as Bert. The Broadway cast also features Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Ann Arvia as Bird Woman, Mark Price as Robertson Ay and Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew. Juliette Allen Angelo, Kelsey Fowler and Cassady Leonard alternate as Jane Banks; Jeremiah Kissane, Matthew Schechter and Andrew Shipman alternate as Michael Banks.
MARY POPPINS continues to fly high. Consistently among Broadway's top-grossing shows, MARY POPPINS has played over 1300 performances since its official on November 16, 2006 (previews began October 14, 2006). MARY POPPINS has been seen by over two million theatergoers and grossed over $ 170 million to date, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of itspremiere.
A co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, this stage production is based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. The show includes 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 has written the book; Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre; and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.
MARY POPPINS ticket prices range from $31.50 - $121.50 and are available online at MaryPoppins.com, in-person at the New Amsterdam Theatre Box Office (214 West 42nd Street), or by calling Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717.
The spring performance schedule (now through May 30) is Monday 7pm, Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday matinee 2pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday-DARK, Friday 8pm, Saturday matinee 2pm, Saturday 8pm and Sunday matinee 3pm.
For more information visit www.MaryPoppins.com