The world’s favorite nanny will be flying into her native Australian home when MARY POPPINS arrives in Melbourne next year. Returning to Her Majesty’s Theater where Australia first experienced the magic of Mary, performances of the new production from Disney and Cameron Mackintosh will begin on Sunday January 29, 2023.
For the Melbourne season, musical theater icon Marina Before returns to Cherry Tree Lane, joining the cast in the dual roles of Bird Woman and Miss Andrew. Mrs Prior, who originated the role of Mrs Banks in the first Australian production of MARY POPPINS in 2010, expressed his joy at returning to production:
I am absolutely delighted to do MARY POPPINS again, especially to perform in my home town of Melbourne. I feel like I have come full circle. It’s such a special and iconic production, and I can already feel the magic that is being created.
This adds another credit to Ms. Prior in Cameron Mackintosh, continuing the enduring relationship between the two theater maestros. Mackintosh shared her joy at welcoming Ms Prior along with MARY POPPINSwho also created the roles of Jellylorum and Griddlebone in Cats (1985), Cosette in Wretched (1987), and Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (1990-93) in Australia.
Cameron Mackintosh said:
I’m really excited, not only to bring my acclaimed new production of MARY POPPINS back to Her Majesty’s, with Stefanie Jones and Jack Chambers, but also welcoming back my and Melbourne’s favorite star, Marina Avant in the joint roles of Miss Andrew and the Bird Woman. Marina, of course, played an unforgettable Mrs. Banks in my first production of MARY POPPINS over 12 years ago, as well as leading roles in some of my other famous productions, including Cats, Les Miserables, Witches of Eastwick, and The Phantom of the Opera. I’m delighted that my latest Poppins has been received with even greater joy than the original with a phenomenal cast in an even more spectacular production that celebrates the joy and exhilaration of live theater in a way that very few ‘other shows can do. I can’t wait for Melbourne audiences to hit the theater early next year, where they’re guaranteed a ‘virtually perfect in every way’ show!
The original staging of MARY POPPINS had already charmed the world ahead of the first Australian season, having won Olivier, Tony and Evening Standard awards for West End and Broadway productions. Opened in 2010, Melbourne audiences wholeheartedly embraced Mary’s magic, as MARY POPPINS broke Australian box office records before winning a record 8 Helpmann Awards.
Now a new generation of Australians have joined the tens of millions around the world to experience the magic of Mary, with the new production opening in Sydney in May 2022. Adapted from the Australian author’s original stories PL Travers and the beloved 1964 Disney film, the story of the world’s favorite nanny comes to life on stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs.
Melbourne season performances start on Sunday 29th January, with pre-sale tickets available from Monday 12th September. Sydney’s current season will end on Sunday, October 9. Performances at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre, QPAC, will begin on Saturday 22 October. Tickets for all three cities are available via marypoppinsmusical.com.au/tic
The talents of the all-Australian cast were celebrated, led by Stefanie Jones like Mary Poppins and Jack Chambers like Bert. They are joined by Tom Wren like George Banks, Lucy Maunder like Winifred Banks, Hannah Waterman like Mrs Brill, Gareth Isaac like Robertson Ay, Robert Grubb as President and Admiral Boom, Cherine Peck like Mrs. Corry, Lisa Sontag like Miss Lark, Kade Hughes like Nelee, Stephen Anderson as a park warden, and Andrew Broadbent as a policeman. The role of Bird Woman in Sydney is played by Nancy Hayes and will be executed Patti Newton in Brisbane. The role of Miss Andrew is played by Chelsea Plumley for the Sydney and Brisbane seasons. 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 Whiteleywith eight young performers sharing the roles of Jane and Michael Banks.
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 Supercalifragilistic expialido
This production of MARY POPPINS has orchestrations by William David Brohn with dance and vocal arrangements by George Stiles. It has new sound design by Paul Gatehouse and new lighting by Hugh Vanstone and Natasha Katz. The co-choreography is by Stephen Mear. Redesigned sets and costumes are by Bob Crowley. Co-direction and choreography are 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.
For tickets and more information, visit Mary Poppins Australia website.