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Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS To Conclude on Broadway Sunday, March 3, 2013



Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s

Mary Poppins

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 

Mary Poppins
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:

  • For
    every one of its six full years on Broadway, it has ranked among the
    Top 10 grossing shows and among the Top 5 for attendance.
  • By the time it closes, it will have grossed over $300 million; only four mega-hits in Broadway history (The Lion King; Mamma Mia!; Jersey Boys and Wicked) have grossed more by that point in their lives.
  • Mary Poppins
    will rank as the 22nd longest-running show in Broadway history by the
    time its run is complete, ranking between Best Musical winners Hairspray and Avenue Q on the list of long runs.

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.

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney Will Bring D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event to Anaheim, California in August 2024



Expanded Disney Fan Experience Will Feature New and Exciting Events Across Multiple Locations, Including a D23 Takeover of the Happiest Place On Earth, Evening Entertainment at the Honda Center, D23 Day at Angel Stadium, and Much More

Fan Favorites Including Exhibits, Panels, Shows, and Shopping Will Dazzle Disney Enthusiasts at the Anaheim Convention Center

D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event is a one-of-a-kind fan experience like never before with spectacular shows, new venues, and multiple days of entertainment that will bring together the best of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and more!

Highlightswill include:

  • Sunday, August 4: D23 Day at Angel Stadium, where D23 fans are invited to attend the Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Mets game. 
  • Thursday, August 8: D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort.
  • Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11: Shopping, exhibits, panels, and presentations will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center during the day, with the fun extending into the evening at the Honda Center, the bigger home to marquee shows.

Tickets for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will go on sale in Spring 2024, with ticketing options to be announced later for access to the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Admission for D23 Day at Angel Stadium and the D23 kickoff celebration at Disneyland Resort will be available as separate ticketed events. Additional details for D23: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event will be announced in early 2024.

You can get updates by staying connected to D23 via social media (@DisneyD23 on FacebookInstagramX),, and our weekly D23 FanFare email (sign up for free as a D23 General Member at

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; the latest news and stories on; member-exclusive offers and discounts; the popular D23 Inside Disney podcast; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99/year), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99/year), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Facebook, Instagram, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

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Star Wars Spoof: Space Robots in Outer Space Ep X: Battle for the Halcyon: The Last Starcruiser



Sure, Star Wars is cool and all. But let’s not forget about that other multi-part sci-fi cinematic spectacular, “Space Robots in Outer Space.” In fact, Hank Lonely (Hollywood’s ultimate hyphenate — actor / producer / director / writer / guy who makes sure the Porto Potties are kept squeaky-clean) just announced that there’ll soon be a 10th installment of this … Well, not exactly beloved. How about we say “admired from afar” instead? … series coming to a theater near you. In fact, here’s the highly anticipated teaser trailer for that project. Which is supposed to be titled “Space Robots in Outer Space X — Battle for the Halycon: The Last Starcruiser.”

Okay. Now the real story … In honor of Star Wars Day (i.e., May 4th. As in “May the Fourth Be With You”), Len Testa and I are sharing something that we produced with the help of all the nice folks who joined us last month aboard the Halycon.

We turned the Galactic Starcruiser as well as Black Spire Outpost into the backdrop for an affectionate send-up of all things Stars Wars. We hope that you (more importantly, the legal team at Lucasfilm) take this faux trailer in the spirit with which it was intended. Special thanks to Aaron Adams for so skillfully stitching all of this footage together. Also thanks to the team at Storybook Destinations, Touring Plans and the talented cast & crew aboard the “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser” for making this “Disney Dish” fan event so memorable.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



Wreck-It Ralph 2

When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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