Photo Flash: Meet the Stars of the MARY POPPINS UK Tour - Zizi Strallen & Matt Lee!
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh recently announced that ZIZI STRALLEN will play 'Mary Poppins'' and MATT LEE will play 'Bert'' in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of their multi award-winning musical MARY POPPINS, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Check out a first look at the pair in costume below!
ZIZI STRALLEN is currently starring as 'Lana'' in Matthew Bourne''s "The Car Man". She was most recently seen in the West End in "Cats" and the multi award-winning "Merrily We Roll Along". Her other West End credits include "Rock of Ages", "Dirty Dancing" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and Matthew Bourne''s "Cinderella" at Sadler''s Wells. She has also appeared in "The Music Man" at Chichester Festival Theatre, and as 'Penny Pingleton'' in "Hairspray" at Leicester Curve.
MATT LEE played the role of 'Bert'' in "Mary Poppins" when the show opened in Australia, his portrayal winning him the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Actor in a Musical. His other theatre credits in Australia include "Miss Saigon", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Rent", "Grease" and "The Boy from Oz". Matt was also a permanent member of the judging panel for Australia''s "So You Think You Can Dance".
The stage production of MARY POPPINS is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman including the songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and Feed the Birds with new songs and additional music and lyrics by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.
The internationally renowned and multi award-winning creative team assembled for MARY POPPINS is led by stage and film director Richard Eyre. Co-direction and Choreography is by Matthew Bourne, with Co-choreography by Stephen Mear. Set and Costume Design is by Bob Crowley with Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Paul Groothuis and Orchestrations by William David Brohn. The International Tour of MARY POPPINS is Directed by Anthony Lyn and James Powell with Original Choreography adapted by Geoffrey Garratt. Musical Supervision is by Stephen Brooker.