On July 26-31, the North Carolina Theatre will conclude its 2015-16 season of locally produced revivals of Broadway shows with a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production of Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, directed by Benson, NC-born New York City director Eric Woodall and choreographed by Ryan Kasprzak. The show, which will be performed in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, stars Broadway veterans Kara Lindsay and Nicolas Dromard, as flying nanny extraordinaire Mary Poppins and her light-footed friend Bert (“Herbert Alfred” in the book), a song-and-dance man who works as a chimneysweep and a “jack of all trades.” Lindsay played Katherine in Newsies and Glinda in Wicked, and Dromard played Bert in Mary Poppins and Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys.
According to the North Carolina Theatre: “Based on the popular Disney movie of the same name, Mary Poppins tells the story of a mysterious English nanny sent to straighten out the children of the Banks family. The young nanny takes the children on a series of adventures while solving their problems in the most peculiar ways. A touch of magic and a spoonful of sugar transform the Banks family and teach all of us a lesson or two along the way. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.”
Disney’s and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and a book by Julian Fellowes, based on the 1964 Walt Disney Film, which was based on stories by Australian writer P.L. Travers. The 2004 Bristol and West End 2006 Broadway musical, whose toe-tapping tunes include “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “A Spoonful of Sugar,” also features new songs and additional music and lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles.
After a Sept. 15-Nov. 6, 2004 tryout at the Bristol Hippodrome, Mary Poppins opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in London on Dec. 15, 2004 — the only Disney musical to premiere in the West End. The show made its Broadway debut on Nov. 16, 2006 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, where it played 2,619 performances before closing on March 3, 2013. Mary Poppins earned eight 2007 Tony Award® nominations (including Best Musical) and seven 2007 Drama Desk Award nominations (including Outstanding Musical), and won the Tony for Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Bob Crowley) and the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Set Design of a Musical and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Lee as Bert).
Also according to the North Carolina Theatre:
“Kara Lindsay[, who plays Mary Poppins for NCT,] has appeared in starring roles on Broadway, most notably as Glinda in Wicked and Newsies as Katherine. She has also taken center stage on a host of National Tours, including Little House on the Prairie (Laura), Cinderella (Cinderella), and Cabaret (Sally Bowles).
“Reviving his Broadway role [as Bert], Nicolas Dromard will play [Mary’s] energetic, chimney-sweeping best friend, Bert. He was last seen on Broadway as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys. Other credits include Fiyero in Wicked and Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street.”
“Also appearing is Lisa Brescia (Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Wicked; Regional: Hamlet, Cabaret), as Winifred Banks, and Gary Milner as George Banks (Broadway: Doctor Zhivago, West End: Love Story). Kathy Fitzgerald returns to North Carolina Theatre as Mrs. Brill/Bird Woman after appearing in the 2012 production of Legally Blonde. Broadway credits include Ms. Morrible in Wicked on Broadway and Roz in 9 to 5.
“Returning to the North Carolina Theatre stage is Riley Rose Campbell in the role as Jane Banks. Campbell made her professional debut with North Carolina Theatre as Young Cosette in Les Misérables in 2014, as well as appearing in The Little Mermaid that year. She was last seen in The Wolf and Carousel at Theatre Raleigh. Playing her brother Michael is Micah Boan in his first North Carolina Theatre performance, having previously appeared in Elon [University]’s Oklahoma!
“Also appearing is Jane Blass (Miss Andrew), Ryan Breslin (Robertson Ay), Tim Caudle (Admiral Boom), and Elise Dwenger (Miss Lark). Rounding out the cast is dance captain Kelly Liz Bolick, Leilani Carr, Luke Hawkins, Kinsland Howell, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Daniel Marhelko, Yolanda Rabun, Jose Rondon Jr., and Peyton Royal, Sean Seymour, Lydia Tart, Matthew Tiberi, and Collin Yates.
“The children’s ensemble consists of students from the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory, North Carolina Theatre‘s flagship training program: Adele Baldina, Addie Ruth Fornes, Emma Rae Fornes, and Skyla Woodard.
“The creative team of North Carolina Theatre‘s production of Mary Poppins is led by artistic director Casey Hushion and producer Carolee Baxter, with Edward G. Robinson as music director. ”
The NCT creative team for Mary Poppins also includes lighting designer Charlie Morrison, costume designer Meredith Scott, and sound designers Brian L. Hunt and Eric Collins.
SECOND OPINION: July 22nd Raleigh, NC WTVD/ABC11 video preview: http://abc11.com/entertainment/abc11-gets-a-sneak-peek-at-raleighs-mary-poppins/1438805/; July 21st Raleigh, NC ArtsNow interview with Riley Rose Campbell, conducted by Melissa Howsam: http://www.artsnownc.com/becoming-jane-behind-scenes-kara-lindsay-jane-banks-mary-poppins/; July 21st Raleigh, NC WRAL interview with Kara Lindsay, conducted by Sarah Lindenfeld Hall for “Go Ask Mom”: http://www.wral.com/-poppins-star-talks-about-n-c-theatre-s-show-sings-a-little-about-spoons-sugar/15866768/; July 20th Durham, NC Carolina Parent preview by Yolanda Rabun and the North Carolina Theatre staff: http://www.carolinaparent.com/CP/A-Day-in-the-Life-of-North-Carolina-Theatre-Actress-Yolanda-Rabun/; July 14th Raleigh, NC ArtsNow interview with Kara Lindsay, conducted by Melissa Howsam: http://www.artsnownc.com/something-mary-behind-scenes-kara-lindsay-mary-poppins/; July 13th Raleigh, NC BroadwayWorld.com Raleigh interview with Nicolas Dromard, conducted by Jeffrey Kare for BWW TV: http://www.broadwayworld.com/raleigh/article/BWW-TV-Nicolas-Dromard-of-North-Carolina-Theatres-MARY-POPPINS-20160713; and July 7th New York, NY Playbill.com preview with Nicolas Dromard http://www.playbill.com/article/newsies-and-wicked-star-will-fly-to-mary-poppins.
The North Carolina Theatre presents Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS at 7:30 p.m. July 26-29 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 30 and 31 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601.
TICKETS: $25.14-$122.14, except $25 tickets for college students with ID (click here for details).
NCT Box Office: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944, or http://www.nctheatre.com/tickets/season-tickets.
Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115203/1487494.
NCT STUDY GUIDE: http://nctheatre.com/sites/nct/files/MP%20Study%20Guide%20Final_0.pdf.
PRESENTER: http://www.nctheatre.com/, https://www.facebook.com/nctheatre, https://twitter.com/nctheatre, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Theatre, and http://www.youtube.com/user/nctheatre.
2015-16 SEASON: http://nctheatre.com/show-season/201516-season.
NCT BLOG (Stage Notes): http://www.nctheatre.com/stage-notes.
NOTE 1: There will be a special $35-per-person Tea with Mary!, including high tea (snacks and drinks), special activities, a photo opportunity with Mary Poppins, and a special gift to take home, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30th, in the Jaguar Land Rover Cary Backer’s Club Lounge. Click here for details.
NOTE 2: Arts Access, Inc. of Raleigh will audio-describe the show’s 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30th, performance.
Mary Poppins (character): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins (Wikipedia).
P.L. Travers (nee Pamela Lyndon Travers, Australian writer, 1899-1996): https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/p-l-travers-434331 (Internet Broadway Database) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._L._Travers (Wikipedia).
Mary Poppins (1964 film): http://movies.disney.com/mary-poppins (official website), http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/24421/Mary-Poppins/ (Turner Classic Movies), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331/ (Internet Movie Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_%28film%29 (Wikipedia).
Mary Poppins (2004 London and 2006 Broadway musical): http://www.mtishows.com/disney-and-cameron-mackintoshs-mary-poppins (Music Theatre International), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-show/mary-poppins-408493 (Internet Broadway Database), and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Poppins_%28musical%29 (Wikipedia).
Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics): http://www.shermanmusic.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/richard-m-sherman-12396 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792556/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_M._Sherman (Wikipedia).
Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics): http://www.shermanmusic.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/robert-b-sherman-12397 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792567/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_B._Sherman (Wikipedia).
Julian Fellowes (book): https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/julian-fellowes-408507 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0271501/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Fellowes (Wikipedia).
Eric Woodall (Benson, NC-born New York City director): http://www.ericwoodall.com/ (official website), http://www.tararubincasting.com/our-team.html (Tara Rubin Casting bio), https://www.ibdb.com/Person/View/90124 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940106/ (Internet Movie Database), and https://www.facebook.com/eric.woodall.98 (Facebook page).
Kara Lindsay (actress playing Mary Poppins): http://www.karalindsay.com/ (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/kara-lindsay-491585 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5012352/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/OfficialKaraLindsay/ (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/KaraLindsay1 (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kara_Lindsay (Wikipedia).
Nicolas Dromard (actor playing Bert): http://www.nicolasdromard.com/NicolasDromard/Home.html (official website), https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/nicolas-dromard-97312 (Internet Broadway Database), http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3744450/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/ndromard (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/nicolasdromard (Twitter page), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Dromard (Wikipedia).
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