Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins To Conclude on Broadway Sunday, March 3, 2013

January 8, 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 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. 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." The Broadway production currently 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. The 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), Marriott Theatre (Lincolnshire, IL). Other upcoming productions will be announced. ABOUT MARY POPPINS WORLDWIDE With seven productions produced 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 $835 million and welcomed more than 11.4 million guests. 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 on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere, and is the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still running. The Australian production of MARY POPPINS opened to critical acclaim in Melbourne in July 2010 where it achieved an unprecedented 100% of gross box office and subsequently smashed records in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Moving onto New Zealand this year, the show continued to break records in its 10 weeks there. Having also played to enormous success in Holland, MARY POPPINS can currently be seen on Broadway, on North American tour and in Mexico City. The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards. For tickets, show information and performance schedule, call Ticketmaster's Disney on Broadway hotline at 866-870-2717 or visit MaryPoppins.com.

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