Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee, who created the roles of Mary and Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins, will appear together on Broadway for the first time beginning August 24. Lee, who received a Tony nomination for his performance as the high-stepping chimney sweep, returns to the Broadway company from the national tour’s Kennedy Center engagement, where the Obama family attended a performance.
Produced by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, Mary Poppins will mark four years on Broadway on November 16. In addition to Kelly and Lee, the show features Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Ann Arvia as Bird Woman, Mark Price as Robertson Ay, Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew and Jonathan Freeman as Admiral Boom. Alternating in the role of Jane Banks are Catherine Missal, Rachel Resheff and Rozi Baker; alternating in the role of Michael Banks are Christopher Flaim, David Gabriel Lerner and Ethan Haberfield.
Lee helped launch the national tour in March 2009. Original Broadway company member Nicolas Dromard assumes the role of Bert on tour beginning September 10, with original U.K. tour star Caroline Sheen continuing in the title role.