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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's
To Conclude on Broadway Sunday, March 3, 2013
Final 63 Performances Will Take Historic Run
to 2619 Performances and More Than Six Years
Next Stage for Beloved Title:
Licensing for Domestic Professional Productions Begins This Year
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tuesday, January 8 2013) Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins,
one of the biggest Broadway successes in recent memory, will conclude
its historic Broadway run at The New Amsterdam Theatre Sunday, March 3,
2013 after 2619 performances and more than six years. With attendance
totaling nearly four million guests, the show has been seen by more
people in the last six years than any Broadway show except Wicked and The Lion King.
For information and tickets to the show's final 63 performances, visit MaryPoppins.com.
opened on Broadway in 2006, just two years after debuting in London's
West End, where it had received nine Olivier Award nominations and won
Olivier, Evening Standard and WhatsOnStage Awards. The Broadway
production received 25 major theatrical award nominations, winning Tony®
and Drama Desk Awards.
Since it opened, Mary Poppins has achieved a success and global profile unmatched by any new Broadway show of the last six years:
Thomas Schumacher, producer and president Disney Theatrical Productions, said, "Mary Poppins
has been a labor of love for Cameron, all of the show's brilliant
creators and those of us at Disney Theatrical for over a decade. But
the show's extraordinary success is due to the 500 plus actors,
musicians and stagehands who have brought the show to magical life on
Broadway and, most importantly, to the audiences who have fallen in love
with Mary, Bert and the Banks family every night. We thank them and
New York for six tremendous years."
Cameron Mackintosh said, "Bringing Mary Poppins
to the Broadway stage with Tom & Disney has been a complete joy and
I am thrilled that Mary has been able to inhabit the glorious New
Amsterdam for over six years and is now playing overseas to ensure the
medicine goes down in the most delightful way. 'Til we meet again."
Broadway production stars Steffanie Leigh as Mary and Nic Dromard as
Bert. Leigh has played the title role on Broadway since October 2011,
one of only four actresses cast in the iconic title role during the
entire Broadway run.
Meanwhile, two successive North American tours of Mary Poppins have garnered critical praise and achieved box office success
over their four years. Combined, they have played 73 engagements in 67
cities throughout the US, Canada and Mexico and by the time the tour
concludes in Anchorage, Alaska this June, will have played 34 states
plus the District of Columbia. Now in Orlando through January 13th, the current tour is a Disney / Cameron Mackintosh / NETworks Presentation.
Internationally, the title has proven equally strong with the 7th replica production worldwide - and the first Spanish language production - recently beginning performances in Mexico City in November
with future first class productions yet to be announced. Licensed
productions have already played Hungary, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands,
Denmark and the Czech Republic to date, with upcoming productions
scheduled in China, France, Japan, Iceland, Spain and The Philippines.
next stage in the beloved title's evolution begins this year as Music
Theatre International starts licensing to North American professional
theatres. Already in high demand from theatres around the world, Mary Poppins
will first be mounted at Drayton Place Entertainment - Dunfield Theatre
in Ontario Canada this March with these theatres to follow: Tuacahn
Amphitheatre (Ivins, UT), The MUNY (St Louis, MO), Music Theatre of
Wichita (Wichita, KS), Maine State Music Theatre (New Brunswick, ME),
Rainbow Stage (Winnipeg, Manitoba - CA), Coeur D'Alene Summer
Theatre (Coeur D'Alene, ID), Marriotts Theatre (Lincolnshire, IL). Other upcoming productions will be announced.
Was there a reason it's closing?
According to this New York Times article Mary Poppins is leaving the New Amsterdam to make room for Disney's next Broadway musical, Aladdin.