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Photo Coverage: Mary Poppins Opening Night Dinner Party

November 21
8:38 PM 2006

A supper was recently held at Cipriani's celebrating the Broadway opening of Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins--also a hit in London--opened on Thursday, November 16th at the New Amsterdam Theatre (Broadway at West 42nd Street) after beginning previews on Saturday, October 14th. 

Ashley Brown plays the title role of Mary Poppins, and direct from the West End production of the show, Oliver Award-nominee Gavin Lee plays Bert.  Joining them are Daniel Jenkins (Mr. Banks), Rebecca Luker (Mrs. Banks), as well as Jane Carr, Mark Price, Cass Morgan, Ruth Gottschall, and Michael McCarty, among others. Katherine Doherty and Delaney Moro alternate in the role of Jane Banks. Henry Hodges and Alexander Scheitinger alternate in the role of Michael Banks

"Based on P.L. Travers's cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins 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 has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics," state Disney notes. Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team assembled for Mary Poppins with co-direction and choreography by Tony- and Olivier Award-winner Matthew Bourne.

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Photos by Lyn Hughes

Producer Thomas Schumacker and Daniel Jenkins

Ruth Gottschall (Miss Andrew) and guest

Delaney Moro and Katherine Leigh Doherty, two of the young actresses sharing the role of Jane Banks

Alex Kingston ("ER") and Michael LePoer Trench

Associate director Anthony Lyn with James Hindman, who plays a policeman in the show

cast members Nicholas Dromard and Kevin Samual Lee

Cast members Stephanie Kurtzuba and Tony Mansker

Stage manager Jason Trubitt with guest

Ensemble members Kevin Samual Yee, Case Dillard, and Nicolas Dromard

Wig designer Angela Cobbin and Rebecca Luker

Ann Arvia (Miss Lark) and Cass Morgan (Bird Woman)

 Katherine Leigh Doherty and Kathryn Faughnan, two of the Jane Banks, take a twirl around the dance floor

Members of the Mary Poppins music team: music producer David Caddick, associate conductor Kristen Blodgette, and music supervisor/conductor Brad Haak

Gavin Lee and Matthew Bourne

Richard Eyre, Ashley Brown and Cameron Mackintosh

Jane Carr (Mrs. Brill) and Cameron Mackintosh

Ashley Brown and Jane Carr

Daniel Jenkins gets a peck on the cheek from composer George Stiles

Case Dillard and Katherine Leigh Doherty dance the night away

Janelle Anne Robinson (Mrs. Corry) and Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown and Cameron Mackintosh

Gavin Lee, Ashley Brown and producer Thomas Shumacher

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