Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas
Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions are pleased to announce full casting for the East Lansing premiere engagement of MARY POPPINS, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway At Wharton Center Series. East Lansing’s most eagerly anticipated stage production will begin performances at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall on Thursday, November 4, 2010 for a limited engagement of three weeks through Sunday, November 21, 2010. The opening night is Friday, November, 5 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale to the general public at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, online at whartoncenter.com or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America. The MARY POPPINS North American Tour celebrated its first anniversary on March 25, 2010 and announced that it had achieved the milestone of being the most successful touring theatrical event in 2009.
Original UK Tour star Caroline Sheen will reprise her role as “Mary Poppins” while original Broadway
company member Nicolas Dromard will assume the role of “Bert.”
Caroline Sheen makes her U.S. stage debut in the North American Tour after earning rave reviews from the UK press including The Herald (Plymouth, UK) who called her, “the perfect embodiment of the
outwardly prim nanny with the free-thinking mind.” Sheen, who was born in Wales, has appeared on stage in a wide variety of other leading roles in the West End and UK including The Light in the Piazza,
Once in a Lifetime, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Grease, Les Miserables, The Witches of Eastwick and Mamma Mia! Sheen is appearing with the support
of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Nicolas Dromard was a member of the original Broadway company of MARY POPPINS and recently
played the role of “Fiyero” in the San Francisco production of Wicked. Originally from Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada, Dromard has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Boy From Oz and
Oklahoma! and originated roles in the Canadian productions of Mamma Mia! And Hairspray. Dromard
also appeared in stage productions at Stratford Festival of Canada and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.
Joining Sheen and Dromard will be Laird Mackintosh as “George Banks.” Mr. Mackintosh has
performed several leading roles in Canada including The Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas,
Arcadia and Phantom of the Opera. “Winifred Banks” will be played by Blythe Wilson who joins the
production after appearing on stage in The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!, Oklahoma, and Three Penny
Rachel Izen will portray “Mrs. Brill.” Ms. Izen is making her North American Tour debut having
appeared in numerous London West End productions including A Chorus Line, Chicago, Guys and
Dolls, Singin’ in the Rain, Beauty and the Beast, Annie and Thoroughly Modern Mille. Dennis
Moench, who will play “Robertson Ay,” was recently seen in the Broadway production of MARY
POPPINS and has also appeared in the All Shook Up National Tour and Off-Broadway in Altar Boyz
Ellen Harvey will play “Miss Andrew.” Ms. Harvey’s Broadway credits include The Music Man and
Thou Shalt Not and she has appeared in the National Tours of Disney’s High School Musical, Mamma
Mia, Doctor Dolittle, and Sunset Boulevard. “The Bird Woman” will be played by Mary VanArsdel,
who has appeared in productions of Cole Porter's Paris, Mass, Camelot (with Jeremy Irons), 110 In the
Shade, and Gypsy. “Admiral Boom” will be portrayed by Mike O’Carroll, a stage veteran whose past
credits include White Christmas, Fiddler on the Roof, Showboat, Will Rogers Follies, Henry IV, Inherit
the Wind, and Ragtime.
Performances in the role of “Jane Banks” will be alternated between Camille Mancuso and Paige
Simunovich. Ms. Mancuso’s previous theatre credits include the national tours of Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang, White Christmas, and Little House on the Prairie. Ms. Simunovich was last seen on Broadway in
Finian’s Rainbow and in the national tours of 101 Dalmatians, Wizard of Oz and Annie. Performances
in the role of “Michael Banks” will be alternated between Talon Ackerman and Cade Canon Ball.
Mr. Ackerman has previously appeared in the stage productions of Disney’s Tarzan, Cats, The Secret
Garden, Sleepy Hollow and Our Town. Mr. Ball has recently appeared on stage in productions of
Seussical, A Christmas Carol and Sound of Music.
Rounding out the cast are Carol Angeli, Jacob ben Widmar, Kiara Bennett, Troy Edward Bowles,
Elizabeth Broadhurst, Jonathan Brody, Debra Cardona, Case Dillard, Elizabeth Earley, Steffi
Garrard, Michael Gerhart, Geoffrey Goldberg, Eric Hatch, Garett Hawe, Tiffany Howard, Kelly
Jacobs, Sam Kiernan, Stephanie Martignetti, Koh Mochizuki, Shua Potter, Dominic Roberts, Nick
Sanchez, Q. Smith, Jesse Swimm, Tom Souhrada and Jen Taylor.
MARY POPPINS, a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on
November 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film,
MARY POPPINS the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard
M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with
Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the
book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed
new songs and additional music and lyrics.
Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction
and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. MARY POPPINS features
set and costume design by Tony® Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award
winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and
music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn,
Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director James Dodgson.
ABOUT MARY POPPINS WORLDWIDE
With four productions currently running 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 $447 million and welcomed 6.1 million guests.
The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre
on November 16, 2006 and has been seen by over 2.4 million theatergoers and grossed $195 million
to date. According to figures released by The Broadway League, MARY POPPINS placed on the
Top Ten lists for both highest-grossing and best-attended shows of the 2009-10 Broadway season, an
indicator of its remarkable success.
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 MARY POPPINS North American tour has also garnered continuous critical praise and
achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009. In addition to Broadway and
North America, MARY POPPINS can also be seen at the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Holland,
outside of Amsterdam, and in Melbourne, Australia at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Later this year, MARY
POPPINS opens in Sweden, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Hungary, with plans underway for
future productions in Israel, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Canada and Japan.
In East Lansing, MARY POPPINS will play Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday’s
at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday’s at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday’s at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The first
show is a matinee on Thursday, November 4 at 1:30 p.m. Ticket prices start as low as $19.50. Special
Premium Ticket Packages are available at select performances, and include premium seating and a
complimentary souvenir program. Tickets are available at the Auto-Owners Ticket Office at Wharton
Center, online at whartoncenter.com or by calling 1-800-WHARTON. Orders for groups of twenty (20)
or more may be placed by calling (517) 884-3130.
The East Lansing engagement of MARY POPPINS Is presented by arrangement with Wharton Center
and is a subscription offering of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series.
For more information, please visit MaryPoppins.com.