Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Poppins Fresh

Poppins Fresh

According to Playbill, Mary Poppins is likely to "be launched on a national tour in 2008." While the tuner received rhapsodic reviews on the other side of the pond, it was greeted with mixed reviews on Broadway. (Personally, I enjoyed the show, although I liked the West End version more.)

Considering the ginormous success of its The Lion King touring franchise in which two companies are crisscrossing North America, Disney seems to be making the logical choice in selecting Mary Poppins as its next show to go coast to coast. With the number of Baby Boomer grandparents and Gen X parents who've been brought up on the film, there's a ready made audience who'd love the chance to take their kids and grandchildren to a bona fide family show.

The Andrew Gans story also mentions that Disney Theatrical Productions has its sights set on the fall of next year and that "Los Angeles and Chicago have been discussed." When further announcements have been made, I'll let you know.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Mary Poppins Broadway tickets.
Click here for Mary Poppins London tickets.
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Broadway Grosses: It's Mary Poppins And Wicked (January 8, 2007)
SOB Poll: Most Readers Hope To Step In Time With Mary Poppins (November 27, 2006)
Did Critics Find Mary Poppins Practically Perfect? (November 17, 2006)
Mary Poppins' Flight On Broadway Begins Tonight (November 16, 2006)
Mary Poppins, Grey Gardens Tops Among SOB Readers (October 27, 2006)
Survey Says.... (October 23, 2006)
Mary Poppins Lands Top Five Capacity Spot With Broadway Debut (October 17, 2006)
Which New Broadway Musical Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 16, 2006)
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