20 Apr 2022
Mary Poppins cast 'step in time' as rehearsals begin
The world’s most famous nanny has flown into Sydney as rehearsals have officially begun for the Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh and Disney’s new production of MARY POPPINS.
Energy was high as the 44-strong company laced up their tap shoes and took to the floor in preparation for the first performance at Sydney Lyric Theatre on 15 May 2022.
With a spectacular reimagined set, delightful new costumes, and additional songs, critics all over the globe agree this brandnew production of MARY POPPINS is ‘practically perfect in every way’.
Stefanie Jones, who stars as Mary Poppins, shared her excitement about starting rehearsals: “The process of becoming Mary Poppins feels so much more real now that I am in the room with such a fabulous group of performers. It’s a privilege to work alongside some of the most talented people in Australia – and to ‘step in time’ with them for such iconic dance numbers to some of the world’s most loved music is a thrill!”
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said that the NSW Government, through its tourism and major event agency Destination NSW, is proud to support Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s superb new production.
“Mary Poppins is sure to delight and enchant all those who attend this fantastic production. It’s a must-see for visitors and Sydneysiders alike,” Mr Ayres said. “We are doing all we can to revitalise the visitor economy. The world-famous magical Nanny is a fan favourite and will be hugely popular, helping to revive our arts and entertainment sectors. The NSW Government has a strategy to become the cultural and events capital of the Asia Pacific. We are focused on attracting worldclass stage shows like Mary Poppins which provide jobs and supports our arts sector. I encourage all theatre lovers to book their tickets, and head to the stage to enjoy this magical performance.”
The all-Australian cast features Jack Chambers as Bert, Nancye Hayes AM as Bird Woman, Tom Wren as George Banks, Lucy Maunder as Winifred Banks, Hannah Waterman as Mrs Brill, Gareth Isaac as Robertson Ay, Robert Grubb as Chairman and Admiral Boom, Chelsea Plumley as Miss Andrew, Cherine Peck as Mrs Corry, Lisa Sontag as Miss Lark, Kade Hughes as Neleus, Stephen Anderson as Park Keeper, and Andrew Broadbent as Policeman.
The company is completed by Hayden Baum, Cara Bessey, Katrina Bickerton, Molly Bugeja, Emily Casey, Ed Deganos, Joshua Gordon, Kimberley Hodgson, Gareth Jacobs, Hollie James, Sebastian Johnston, Genevieve Kingsford, Zoe Komazec, Sasha Lian-Diniz, Noah Missell, Ellie Nunan, Max Patterson, Jamie Reisin, Taylor Scanlan, Jacob Steen, Patrick Whitbread, and Paul Whiteley, with eight young performers sharing the roles of Jane and Michael Banks.
MARY POPPINS is now on sale, with tickets available at MaryPoppinsMusical.com.au for performances through to 31 July 2022.
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ABOUT MARY POPPINS
Seen by tens of millions of people worldwide, the original Tony and Olivier award-winning production was hugely successful in Australia, breaking box office records and winning a record-breaking eight Helpmann Awards. Now, a new generation of theatregoers have the chance to experience this magical stage adaptation of the wonderful stories by Australian author PL Travers.
The original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman include the classic songs Jolly Holiday, Step in Time, Feed the Birds and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. New songs and additional music are by the Olivier award-winning British team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Book is by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and this production is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. The producer for Disney Theatrical Productions is Thomas Schumacher.
This production of MARY POPPINS has orchestrations by William David Brohn with dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles. It has a new sound design by Paul Gatehouse and new lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz. Co-choreography is by Stephen Mear. The reimagined set and costume designs are by Bob Crowley. Co-direction and choreography is by Matthew Bourne and direction by Richard Eyre.
MARY POPPINS is produced in Australia by Cameron Mackintosh, The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, and Michael Cassel Group.
The Australian premiere of MARY POPPINS is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
ABOUT CAMERON MACKINTOSH
With LES MISÉRABLES, HAMILTON, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and MARY POPPINS now open in London, OLIVER! open in Japan, MISS SAIGON open in Austria, and MARY POPPINS opening in Tokyo and Sydney this year, Cameron remains the world’s most prolific producer of musicals, with over 50 shows either on or in pre-production internationally.
Cameron’s Original productions include LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and CATS - the three longest running musicals of all time, now in their 4th decades - MISS SAIGON, MARY POPPINS (co-produced with Disney), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, SONG AND DANCE, TOMFOOLERY, MARTIN GUERRE, THE WITHCES OF EASTWICK, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE and SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. He also reinvented modern versions of OLIVER!, FOLLIES, HALF A SIXPENCE, BARNUM, and MY FAIR LADY. His new versions of LES MISÉRABLES, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MISS SAIGON, and OLIVER! are now proving as successful as the original productions.