Dunfield Theatre Cambridge's Inaugural Production Will Be MARY POPPINS
With construction of the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge nearing completion, Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director & CEO of Drayton Entertainment, today announced the inaugural production to launch the new theatre facility.
The Drayton Entertainment production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, will run for 8 weeks, March 6 to April 28.
“Mary Poppins is unequivocally the most ambitious production to take centre stage in our 22-year history,” says Mustakas. “This is going to be a landmark production for Cambridge and Waterloo Region, and will be remembered fondly for many years to come.”
“We are thrilled to launch this incredible new performing arts centre with a high-Flying Musical,” says Brad Carr, President of Drayton Entertainment’s Board of Directors. “This production will appeal to the young – and the young at heart. It also has the necessary cachet to attract bus tours, daytrippers, and overnight travelers, which will benefit Cambridge’s retail and hospitality sector.”
The lavish stage spectacle centres on the story of the Banks family and how their lives change after the arrival of nanny Mary Poppins at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. The production is filled with technical wizardry and special effects, as well as captivating numbers and memorable songs by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers, along with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Songs such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” radiate with sweetness and light.
A certified hit on Broadway and in London’s West End, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge in recent years, having entertained 9.6 million theatregoers around the world. The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards.
The announcement was received warmly at Cambridge City Hall.
“This exciting news affirms Drayton Entertainment’s commitment to providing unparalleled artistic and cultural opportunities in our community,” says Mayor Doug Craig. “This theatre is going to be a tremendous asset to the city, which will be enjoyed by current and future generations of residents and visitors alike.”
The complete inaugural season playbill for the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, as well as the other venues in the Drayton Entertainment family of theatres, will be officially announced October 1st.
Tickets for Mary Poppins, as well as the other 2013 Season productions, will go on sale exclusively to Members of Drayton Entertainment October 1st. These Members make an annual donation to the not-for-profit charitable organization in exchange for several noteworthy benefits, including advance booking privileges before the general public starting December 3rd.
“Everyone will have the opportunity to purchase tickets or gift certificates for family, friends, and work colleagues as we head into the holiday season,” says Mustakas. “We look forward to being a part of this wonderful community.”
To jump to the front of the line and become a Member of the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, contact the Box Office toll free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).