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What: Mary Poppins
Where: PLAYING AT
NEW AMSTERDAM THEATRE
How Long:
TIME
2 hrs, 45 mins.
(1 Intermission)
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$61.50
Average Weekly Schedule:
MONDAY DARK
TUESDAY 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 2:00PM 8:00PM
THURSDAY 8:00PM
FRIDAY 8:00PM
SATURDAY 2:00PM 8:00PM
SUNDAY 3:00PM


Original Mary Poppins Broadway production musical show at the New Amsterdam Theater:
Following the success of the West End production, a Broadway production debuted on November 16, 2006 at the New Amsterdam Theatre after previews from October 14. Broadway performer Ashley Brown was brought on board to play the title role, and Gavin Lee, who had originated the role of Bert in the West End production, reprised his role in the Broadway production. The rest of the original cast included Daniel H. Jenkins as George Banks, Rebecca Luker as Winifred Banks, Katherine Doherty, Kathryn Fraughnan, and Delaney Moro as Jane Banks, and Matthew Gumley, Alexander Scheitinger, and Henry Hodges as Michael Banks. Starting on 9 October 2008, the role of Mary was played by Scarlett Strallen and Bert was played by Adam Fiorentino. Laura Michelle Kelly, who originated the role of Mary in London, officially took over the role on Broadway on October 12, 2009. Tony Award nominee Christian Borle joined the cast the same day as Bert. Nicolas Dromard replaced Borle on July 16, 2010, on a limited engagement through August 22, 2010. Gavin Lee returned the role of Bert on August 24, 2010 and was reunited with former London co-star Laura Michelle Kelly.
The Broadway production differed from the London production in that the "Jolly Holiday" sequence was staged in full technicolour instead of the gray tones of the London show, and in "Anything Can Happen" the stairs to the heavens were replaced by a large version of Mary Poppins' umbrella entering from the stage floor. These changes were later transferred back to the West End production. Most recently, a new song has been added to the score, entitled "Playing the Game". This replaces the already new "Temper, Temper" in the first act. This change has been added to all current and future productions of the show.
The Broadway version received mixed reviews ranging from enthusiastic to mediocre. Many critics praised the show for its technical merits. Despite the mixed reviews, the show has been regularly performing well at the box office since its opening. After running for 52 weeks, the show recouped all its original investment.

Mary Poppins is a Walt Disney Theatrical musical based on the similarly-titled series of children's books by P. L. Travers and the Disney 1964 film. The West End production opened in December 2004 and received two Olivier Awards, one for Best Actress in a Musical and the other for Best Theatre Choreography. The musical features the film's music and lyrics by the Academy Award winning Sherman Brothers, along with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. The book was written by Julian Fellowes. The musical was directed by Richard Eyre and co-directed by Matthew Bourne, who also acted as co-choreographer with Stephen Mear. A Broadway production with a near-identical creative team opened in November 2006, with only minor changes from the West End version. It received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, winning for Tony Award for Best Scenic Design.
The stage musical is a fusion of various elements from the film and the books. Some elements from the Mary Poppins series of children's books that had been omitted from the film were restored, such as the walking statue and the ladders rising to the stars. Others were removed, such as the scene in which Uncle Albert gets caught on the ceiling, laughing.


Mary Poppins Broadway musical show Act 1
Bert, a man of many professions, introduces the audience to Cherry Tree Lane ("Chim Chim Cher-ee/Cherry Tree Lane- Part 1"). Number 17 is where the Banks family lives: George and Winifred Banks, their two naughty children Jane and Michael, their cook, Mrs. Brill and their odd-job man, Robertson Ay. Things are not going well, for Jane and Michael are out of control and as the show starts, their latest nanny, Katie Nanna, storms out. After that, Mrs. Brill and Robertson Ay complain about living in a "madhouse." The children decide to write the advertisement for a new nanny ("The Perfect Nanny"), but George Banks has a very different idea of what constitutes the perfect nanny and he tears up the piece of paper and throws it in the fireplace. Within moments Mary Poppins arrives and takes charge of the Banks children, having every confidence in her own qualifications and merits ("Practically Perfect").
On the children's first outing to the park, they meet Bert and, despite their reservations about his ragged clothes and dirty face, Mary teaches them that they must learn to look past appearances. To illustrate the point, Mary brings the park statues, including a mythological figure named Neleus, to life ("Jolly Holiday").
While Mary manages the children, other problems lie with their parents. Winifred Banks is aware that she is somehow disappointing both her children and her husband ("Being Mrs Banks"). George Banks, on the other hand, can't understand why she finds the role of wife and mother so difficult ("Cherry Tree Lane (reprise)"). In an effort to please her husband, Winifred sends out invitations for a smart tea party. Mrs. Brill makes the preparations, while telling an eager Robertson Ay to keep his hands off. The children inadvertently sabotage the kitchen preparations, but Mary Poppins sorts it out with a lesson ("A Spoonful of Sugar"). However, it is then revealed that none of the invitees are coming.
Mary takes the children to visit their father at the bank where he works ("Precision and Order"). There George is busy dealing with possible investment clients: first an ambitious man named Von Hussler who has an elaborate money-making scheme, and then a middle-class man named Northbrook who has a simple factory project. George is furious when Mary turns up with the children, but an innocent question asked by Jane (Whats more important, a good man or a good idea?) makes him realise how much his values have changed ("A Man Has Dreams") since he was an idealistic young man. He then decides to accept Northbrook's project, and rejects Von Hussler's, but unfortunately things take a turn for the worse afterwards.
Outside St. Paul's Cathedral, Mary introduces the children to the Bird Woman ("Feed the Birds"). Jane is suspicious of her, but Michael responds to the Bird Woman and throws crumbs for the birds. On the trip home, the children meet the enigmatic Mrs. Corry who runs a magic sweet shop that also sells words ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious").
The children return home in high spirits, unaware that things have gone wrong for their father. Unknown to them, George's decision to reject Von Hussler has cost the bank dearly, and he is suspended without pay. George explodes with rage at the children and they are sent to the nursery. Reacting to her father's outburst, Jane flies into a fury, ignoring Mary Poppins' words of warning about controlling her temper, and also has a fight with Michael over a doll. The frightening consequence of her anger becomes apparent as Jane and Michael's toys come to life and join Mary in teaching them a lesson in how to take better care of their belongings and toys ("Playing the Game").
Realising that Jane and Michael still have a lot to learn, Mary decides to leave Cherry Tree Lane ("Chim Chim Cher-ee - Rooftop Duet"), to bring them to their senses. Her distraught charges find a note saying that perhaps they will see Mary Poppins again eventually.
Mary Poppins Broadway musical show Act II
Unfortunately, in a misguided attempt to please her husband, Mrs Banks arranges for his childhood nanny, Miss Andrew, to take over from the suddenly departed Mary ("Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise)"). At the very sight of her, a terrified Mr. Banks flees, exclaiming "the Holy Terror!" To everyone's shock and dismay, Miss Andrew is a brutal and cruel tyrant, rejecting any notion of a "spoonful of sugar" in favor of her own terrible elixir ("Brimstone and Treacle Part 1").
Terrified of their new nanny, the children escape to the park and find their good friend Bert, who cheers them up and helps Michael fulfill his dream of flying a kite ("Let's Go Fly a Kite"). This marks the return of Mary Poppins. Jane and Michael are thrilled to be reunited with her, and quickly tell her of the changes that have gone on at Number 17.
Also hiding in the park is George, who is depressed over his supposed lack of achievements ("Good For Nothing"). Searching for him is Winifred, who at last understands her husband and the damage that was done to him by Miss Andrew ("Being Mrs Banks (Reprise)").
When the children return to Number 17, Mary sets Caruso, Miss Andrew's lark, free from his cage. This leads to confrontation between the two nannies, ending with Miss Andrew having a taste of her own medicine as she is put in a large birdcage and vanishes down below ("Brimstone and Treacle Part 2"). Winifred and then George return at this point, surprised but pleased that Miss Andrew has "left".
On their next adventure, Bert introduces the children to his friends the chimney sweeps ("Step in Time"). The sweeps' dance eventually enters the house, causing chaos. As the sweeps quickly exit, George receives a telegram from the bank requesting his presence there. George assumes that it is to seal his fate, and decides it's time to sell the family heirloom. However, the vase is shattered accidentally by Mrs. Brill, who goes into a despairing shock since she had been cleaning it from the top of the shelf. When she is being led away for comfort, George goes to clean the broken pile himself, to find it reveal a collection of gingerbread stars from his childhood. This leads to a brief moment of reflection for George ("A Man Has Dreams/ A Spoonful of Sugar (Reprise)"). After shaking hands with Bert, George leaves to meet the Chairman of the Bank.
At the children's encouragement, Winifred decides to follow her heart and be at George's side at the bank ("Anything Can Happen"). Unseen to anyone else, Mary takes Jane and Michael to follow, where they watch the unfolding events.
At the bank, George is shocked to learn the truth about his choice: far from ruining the bank, he has made a fortune. They ask for the word that made them so successful, which George admits to be Mary Poppins' word, ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Reprise)"). Winifred, arriving to defend her husband, finds instead he is the hero of the hour. After she mentions Miss Andrew's name to the Bank Manager, the old man too exclaims "the Holy Terror," which hints that he too might have suffered under the wicked nanny. George apologizes for underestimating her, and together they return to the house ("Anything Can Happen (Reprise)").
Mary realizes that with the family reunited and happy, her task is done. With regret she says goodbye to Bert with a kiss, and sets off ("A Spoonful of Sugar (Farewell Reprise)"). Jane and Michael accept that Mary has left again, knowing that they no longer need her. The two children watch as their parents waltz happily together and Mary flies high above the audience, disappearing in a flash.

Mary Poppins Broadway musical show Songs
Act I
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Opening) - Bert
Cherry Tree Lane Part 1 - George and Winifred Banks, Jane and Michael, Mrs. Brill, and Robertson Ay
The Perfect Nanny - Jane and Michael
Cherry Tree Lane Part 2 - George and Winifred Banks, Jane and Michael, Mrs. Brill, and Robertson Ay
Practically Perfect - Mary Poppins, Jane, and Michael
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Park Reprise)* - Bert
Jolly Holiday - Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Neleus, and the Statutes
Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise) / Being Mrs Banks / Jolly Holiday (Reprise) - George, Winifred, Jane, and Michael
A Spoonful of Sugar - Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, Robertson Ay, and Winifred
Precision and Order* - Bank Chairman and the Bank Clerks
A Man Has Dreams* - George Banks
Feed the Birds - Bird Woman and Mary Poppins
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins, Mrs. Corry, Bert, Jane, Michael, Fannie, Annie, and Customers
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Encore)* - Bert and Customers
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Ups and Downs Reprise)* - Bert
Temper, Temper (Playing the Game)^ - Valentine, William, Mr. Punch, the Glamorous Doll, and other Toys
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Duet) - Bert and Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Broadway musical show Act II Songs
Entr'acte: Run Away - Orchestra
Cherry Tree Lane (Reprise) - Mrs. Brill, Michael, Jane, Winifred, Robertson Ay, and George
Brimstone and Treacle Part 1 - Miss Andrew
Let's Go Fly a Kite - Bert, Park Keeper, Jane, and Michael
Good for Nothing - George
Being Mrs Banks (Reprise) - Winifred
Brimstone and Treacle Part 2 - Mary Poppins and Miss Andrew
Practically Perfect (Reprise)* - Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins
Chim Chim Cher-ee (Rooftop Reprise)* - Bert
Step in Time - Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and the Sweeps
Step in Time (Encore)* - Bert, Mary Poppins, Jane, Michael, and the Sweeps
A Man Has Dreams / A Spoonful of Sugar - George and Bert
Anything Can Happen - Jane, Michael Mary Poppins, and the Company
A Spoonful of Sugar (Farewell Reprise) / A Shooting Star - Mary Poppins and Orchestra

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