Opened: November 16, 2006
Mary Poppins Director: Richard Eyre
Mary Poppins Music By: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles
Mary Poppins Lyrics By: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, Anthony Drewe
Mary Poppins Book By: Julian Fellowes
Broadway Theatre: New Amsterdam Theatre
Tony Award Nominations: 7
Tony Awards Won: 1
Notes: The story is hybrid of the original stories by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film.
Mary Poppins transition from book, to film, to Broadway was as smooth as the title character. Already a beloved classic of literature and film, Cameron Mackintosh saw the potential in the material to translate to the stage. He secured the rights to the character from the books' from the original author, Pamela (P.L.) Travers, with the intent to do just that. That was in 1993. Sadly Miss Travers passed away in 1996, before seeing the stage version realized.
In 2003, Mackintosh met with a representative from Disney and secured the rights to the use of the story, and, more importantly, the songs from the beloved 1964 film version of Mary Poppins. George Stiles and Anthony Drewe submitted an original song for the production and were hired to compose additional pieces to supplement the Disney music. Future Academy Award winning writer Julian Fellowes penned the book.
Mary Poppins opened in the West End September 18, 2004 at the Bristol Hippodrome after only a few days of previews. The show ran on the West End for three years, winning Laurence Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Actress in a Musical out of 9 nominations.
The Broadway production of Mary Poppins opened November 16, 2006 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The production received 7 Tony nominations, winning for Best Scenic Design. As of 2011, Mary Poppins still plays Broadway at the New Amsterdam, steadily rising through the ranks of longest running shows. There were few alterations from the West End production, though the few that were made were also carried back to the West End show.
While not an exact adaptation, theatergoers familiar with the 1964 film can enjoy famous tunes like "A Spoonful of Sugar" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" along with the many original compositions in this family friendly classic. National tours of Mary Poppins bring the magic of this show to venues all over the United States. Get your tickets today.
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