Laura Michelle Kelly will return to the Broadway production of Mary Poppins as the title character on July 19 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Ashley Brown played her final performance on July 17.
Kelly won an Olivier Award for originating the role of Mary in the show's West End production. She has previously appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof and in London's Speed the Plow, The Lord of the Rings, My Fair Lady, Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. She also appeared in the film adaptation of Sweeney Todd.
Kelly is rejoining Mary Poppins stars Gavin Lee as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill, Ann Arvia as Bird Woman, Shua Potter as Robertson Ay, Ruth Gottschall as Miss Andrew and Ed Dixon as Admiral Boom. Rozi Baker, Brigid Harrington and Kara Oates alternate the role of Jane Banks, with Lewis Grosso, David Gabriel Lerner and Anthony Scarpone-Lambert alternating the role of Michael Banks.