On Feb. 12-17, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present the North American tour of Mary Poppins, which is based on the 2006 Broadway musical version of beloved 1964 Walt Disney film based on P.L. Travers’ stories about a nanny with magical powers.
The national tour of Mary Poppins stars Madeline Trumble as Mary Poppins and Con O’shea-Creal as her friend the Cockney jack-of-all-trades Bert. The co-stars Chris H. Hoch as aptly named London banker George Banks; Kerry Conte as his wife Winifred. Madison Ann Mullahey and Julianna Rigoglioso alternate as the Banks’ daughter Jane, and Zachary Mackiewicz and Eli Tokash alternate as Jane’s brother Michael. Cast members also includes Ryan Hilliard as Admiral Boom/Bank Chairman; Blake Segal as Robertson Ay; Tregoney Shepherd as Mrs. Brill; and Karen Murphy as the Bird Woman.
According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:
“With four productions currently running on three continents, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years. Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $644 million and welcomed 9.3 million guests. The musical is the winner of 44 major theater awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann, and Evening Standard awards.
“The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America. The Mary Poppins North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played to two million delighted theatergoers in 34 cities to date.
“Mary Poppins, a co-production of Disney Theatrical Productions [Thomas Schumacher, producer] and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.
“Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. Mary Poppins features set and costume design by Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes tour director Anthony Lyn, associate choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and music director Daniel Bowling.
About Mary Poppins Worldwide
“Mary Poppins received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004. Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.
“The Broadway production of Mary Poppins officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Nov. 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere. Mary Poppins is the only show from the 2006-07 theatrical season still in performance.
“The Mary Poppins North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.
“Mary Poppins can also be seen Sydney, Australia (at the Capitol Theatre). Productions of Mary Poppins have also been mounted in Finland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.”
The Durham Performing Arts Center presents MARY POPPINS at 7:30 p.m. Feb 12-14, 8 p.m. Feb 15, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb 16, and 1 and 6:30p.m. Feb 17 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: $48-$116 (including fees), except $17.50 Student Rush Tickets in Row P of the Balcony (sold the day of the performance).
DPAC Box Office: 919-680-2787 or http://www.dpacnc.com/events/how_to_buy_tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/1320016.
GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919-281-0587 or Groups@DPACnc.com.
SUNTRUST BROADWAY SERIES: http://www.dpacnc.com/suntrust-broadway-series.
Mary Poppins (character): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins (Wikipedia).
P.L. Travers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._L._Travers (Wikipedia).
Mary Poppins (1964 film): http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/mary-poppins-45th-anniversary-special-edition.html (official DVD website), https://www.facebook.com/waltdisneymarypoppins (Facebook page), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_%28film%29 (Wikipedia), and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331/ (Internet Movie Database).
Mary Poppins (2006 musical): http://www.marypoppins.com/ (official website) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_%28musical%29 (Wikipedia).
The Tour: http://www.marypoppins.com/ (official website).
The Tour Cast: http://www.marypoppins.com/cast/_touring_cast (official web page).
The Creative Team: http://www.marypoppins.com/cast/_creative_team (official web page).
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