Ashley Brown and London star Gavin Lee will play the roles of Mary Poppins and Bert, respectively, in the Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins on Broadway. The show is scheduled to begin performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 14.
Brown is no stranger to Disney musicals—she has been playing Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast since September. Prior to coming to Broadway, she earned positive reviews for her performance in the national tour of the Disney compilation musical On the Record. Her previous musical theater credits include Candide, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Violet and Sweeney Todd as well as St. Louis Muny mountings of Meet Me in St. Louis, Guys and Dolls, Side by Side by Sondheim and Crazy For You.
Mary Poppins, which continues to run at London's Prince Edward Theatre, is scheduled to officially open at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006.