Mary Poppins Takes Flight Over Broadway

It was a tall order to fill: a Broadway musical adaptation of the beloved Mary Poppins book by P. L. Travers, as well as the famous Walt Disney film of the same name. Mary Poppins the Broadway musical fills that bill, and so much more. Come and see how Mary Poppins literally takes flight over Broadway and soars to ingenious new places.

The New Amsterdam Theater

Mary Poppins does not just kill it on stage -- Mary Poppins renovates the stage. The New Amsterdam is an art nouveau masterpiece from 1903 that had fallen into a woefully shabby state. That was until Disney waved its magic wand in 1997. Extensive renovations returned the glorious theater -- and the home base of Ziegfeld Follies -- back to the glamour of its 1913 heyday.

Poppins in development

Producer Cameron Mackintosh and Mary Poppins author Pamela Travers developed the stage play adaptation. This initial, spirited collaboration allowed for a unique and clever fusion of elements from the Disney movie and Travers' original novels. Theatergoers will enjoy bits of their favorite parts from both book and movie, as well as a few new and surprising elements. From the complex sets and staging to the music and the show stopping dance numbers, the Broadway adaptation brings the fantasy and charm of Mary Poppins to life in a very real way.

Mary Poppins, the production

Mary Poppins the musical benefits from the skills of some of the biggest, most accomplished, most talented names in Broadway. It has starred up-and-comers like Ashley Brown and Scarlett Strallen, as well as Broadway veterans such as Rebecca Luker (Sarah Brightman's understudy and eventual replacement in Phantom of the Opera.) Recent cast members include Steffanie Leigh in the title role and Gavin Lee, who originated the role of Bert both in London and on Broadway. The sets and period costumes are gorgeous and will transport you to another time and magical place.

Practically perfect in every way

Buoyed by the success of the West End production of Mary Poppins, the musical opened on Broadway in 2006. The popular musical became the 30th longest-running show in Broadway history -- surpassing Pippin, reports Playbill Magazine. In more than 2,200 Broadway performances, Mary Poppins has maintained the technical perfection and superb storytelling that makes it a sure-fire hit with kids and adults alike.

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