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Ashley Brown on Songs For a New World, Wicked Dreams & Mary Poppins' 'Bittersweet' Closing

Ashley Brown on Songs For a New World, Wicked Dreams & Mary Poppins' 'Bittersweet' Closing

Ashley Brown is best known for originating the role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s long-running family musical Mary Poppins. Now, Brown is one of four stars participating in the one-night-only Songs For a New World concert at XL Cabaret on March 11. We caught up with the talented soprano to chat about working on the Jason Robert Brown musical, recording ...

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What’s Up, Nicolas Dromard? Mary Poppins’ Final Bert on Kissing Wicked Witches and Dancing on the Ceiling

What’s Up, Nicolas Dromard? Mary Poppins’ Final Bert on Kissing Wicked Witches and Dancing on the Ceiling

Nicolas Dromard has worked his way up from ensemble to lead in two high-flying musicals: Wicked, in which he jumped from swing in the first national tour to an acclaimed run as Fiyero in the San Francisco production, and Mary Poppins, in which he progressed from swing in the original Broadway cast to a star turn as Mary’s chimney sweep ...

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Nicolas Dromard to Replace Gavin Lee as Bert in Broadway's Mary Poppins

Nicolas Dromard to Replace Gavin Lee as Bert in Broadway's Mary Poppins

It’s going to be a jolly holiday for Nicolas Dromard. The Canadian actor will return to Broadway’s Mary Poppins, replacing original cast member and Tony nominee Gavin Lee as Mary's lovable sidekick Bert. Dromard will begin his run at the Amsterdam Theatre on January 9. As previously announced, Lee departs the show on January 4 to star in the West End ...

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Watch the Australian Company of Mary Poppins Rock Out to ‘Proud Mary'

Watch the Australian Company of Mary Poppins Rock Out to ‘Proud Mary'

Remember when the cast of Broadway’s Anything Goes made a ridiculously fun backstage music video to “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction? Well now, all the way across the world, the Australian and New Zealand touring company of Disney’s Mary Poppins have made an equally hilarious and fun-filled video to the Ike and Tina Turner classic “Proud Mary.” ...

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Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh Looks Back on Love, Friends and Stage Mishaps

Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh Looks Back on Love, Friends and Stage Mishaps

As we wave goodbye to 2012, a year filled with cheerleaders, paperboys, porn stars and Patti, Broadway.com is ringing in the new year by asking your favorite stars to share the high point of the year we’ve left behind—and what they’re hoping is in store for the year ahead! Find out what the stars had to say about their ...

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Downtown Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes to Examine the Lives of 19th Century New York Millionaires in NBC Series

Downtown Abbey Creator Julian Fellowes to Examine the Lives of 19th Century New York Millionaires in NBC Series

Julian Fellowes, the creator of the Emmy-winning British drama Downtown Abbey and book writer of Broadway's Mary Poppins, has signed a deal to write and produce a New York-set period series for NBC, according to Deadline.com. Titled The Gilded Age, the series will chronicle the lives of New York aristocracy in the 1880s. No casting for the pilot has been ...

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Anniversary Special! Learn Six Surprising Facts About Broadway’s Most Magical Nanny, Mary Poppins

Anniversary Special! Learn Six Surprising Facts About Broadway’s Most Magical Nanny, Mary Poppins

The West End smash Mary Poppins first flew onto Broadway on November 6, 2012, and it's been a "jolly holiday" ever since. Based on the books by P. L. Travers and the Oscar-winning Disney film, Mary Poppins continues to delight audiences at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre. From high-flying actors to 20-second costume changes, six years later, this magical family musical ...

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Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh and Garett Hawe of Newsies Share a Practically Perfect Friendship

Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh and Garett Hawe of Newsies Share a Practically Perfect Friendship
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Steffanie Leigh and Garett Hawe have the mouse to thank for their BFF status. The two met while on tour with Disney’s popular family musical Mary Poppins. Now Leigh is starring in the Broadway production as the iconic British nanny, while Hawe has moved one block south to Disney’s hot new musical Newsies. The actors invited Broadway.com’s Jenny Anderson ...

Mary Poppins' Suzanne Hylenski on Her ‘Supercalafragilistic’ Broadway Debut

Mary Poppins' Suzanne Hylenski on Her ‘Supercalafragilistic’ Broadway Debut
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This installment of Gotta Dance! showcases Suzanne Hylenski, who is currently appearing in the ensemble of Broadway's Mary Poppins. This hoofer is no stranger to the stage—in the U.K., Hylenski has appeared in Chicago, The Producers, Fosse and Carousel, to name a few. At the age of three, the British-born dancer had so much energy, her mother enrolled her ...

Mary Poppins Star Gavin Lee Remembers 'The Walk of Shame,' Dull Teachers and His Own Geeky Moments

Mary Poppins Star Gavin Lee Remembers 'The Walk of Shame,' Dull Teachers and His Own Geeky Moments

As kids all over America head back to school, Broadway.com decided to ask our favorite Broadway stars to look back at their own years in the classroom—and share a school picture! Tony nominee Gavin Lee, who originated the role of Bert on both sides of the Atlantic in Disney's Mary Poppins, recalls getting in trouble, itching to get out ...

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Squigs Enjoys a Jolly Holiday with the Stars of Broadway’s Mary Poppins

Squigs Enjoys a Jolly Holiday with the Stars of Broadway’s Mary Poppins

Disney’s family-friendly musical Mary Poppins tells the story of the magical British nanny, her delightful pal Bert and the Banks family, whose lives are forever changed after they welcome Mary into their home. Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson tapped into his inner child to experience all of Mary Poppins’ jaw-dropping, eye-popping magic at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre ...

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Emma Thompson in Talks to Star Opposite Tom Hanks in Making of Mary Poppins Drama Saving Mr. Banks

Emma Thompson in Talks to Star Opposite Tom Hanks in Making of Mary Poppins Drama Saving Mr. Banks

Oscar winner Emma Thompson may star as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, according to Deadline.com. As previously announced, Tom Hanks is in talks to play Walt Disney. Written by Kelly Marcel and directed by The Blind Side’s John Lee Hancock, the upcoming film tells the story of how Disney convinced Travers to ...

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Steffanie Leigh Shows Off Her ‘Practically Perfect’ Dressing Room at Mary Poppins

Steffanie Leigh Shows Off Her ‘Practically Perfect’ Dressing Room at Mary Poppins

On stage, Steffanie Leigh oversees life in the nursery as the magical British nanny Mary Poppins in Disney’s stage spectacular Mary Poppins. Leigh invited Broadway.com into her dressing room at the New Amsterdam Theatre to see where this nanny unwinds off stage. The lovely leading lady finds inspiration in family photos, fan letters (some younger ones draw pictures!) and ...

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Mary Poppins Star Gavin Lee Remembers Robert Sherman

Mary Poppins Star Gavin Lee Remembers Robert Sherman

Robert Sherman, who won two Academy Awards for his work on Disney’s Mary Poppins, passed away on March 5 at age 86. Actor Gavin Lee, who originated the role of the cheery chimney sweep Bert in both the Broadway and West End productions on the stage adapation of Mary Poppins, released a statement to Broadway.com on Sherman's death.

“Bob’s ...

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Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Mary Poppins and ‘It’s a Small World’ Songwriter Robert Sherman Dies at 86

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Sherman passed away on March 5 in London at the age of 86. His death was announced by his son Jeff via Facebook. 

Along with his brother Richard, Robert Sherman wrote some of Disney’s best known songs such as “It’s a Small World (After All)” as well as music for the films ...

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Watch Neil Patrick Harris Take on Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Other Disney Classics

Watch Neil Patrick Harris Take on Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Other Disney Classics

The fantastic hosting skills of Broadway veteran Neil Patrick Harris are hardly a secret thanks to his delightful turns as host of the Tony and Emmy Awards. So when Disney was ready to launch a brand new ship for their cruise line, they knew exactly who to call to kick off the festivities! Harris took the stage inside the ship's ...

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Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh on the Valentine's Day Language of Love

Mary Poppins Star Steffanie Leigh on the Valentine's Day Language of Love

Valentine’s Day is all about romance, so Broadway.com decided to collect romantic stories (and ideas for celebrating the national day of love) from some of the most passionate people we know: Broadway stars! Read on for memories, menus and much more.

STEFFANIE LEIGH (Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins)

What's the best Valentine's gift you ever gave—or received?
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Tom Hanks Rumored to Play Walt Disney in New Film About Behind-the-Scenes Drama of Mary Poppins

Tom Hanks Rumored to Play Walt Disney in New Film About Behind-the-Scenes Drama of Mary Poppins

The Walt Disney Company is working on obtaining the Mary Poppins-themed screenplay Saving Mr. Banks, according to Deadline.com. Written by Kelly Marcel, the film chronicles the 14 years Walt Disney spent trying to acquire the film rights to Australian author P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins novel. Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are rumored to portray Disney ...

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Watch Meredith Vieira 'Step in Time' as a Chimney Sweep in Mary Poppins

Watch Meredith Vieira 'Step in Time' as a Chimney Sweep in Mary Poppins

Emmy winner Meredith Vieira is no stranger to TV, but it wasn’t until earlier this fall that she made her first splash on a Broadway stage for a special appearence in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Vieira joined the Mary Poppins company at the New Amsterdam Theatre to make a brief cameo as a chimney sweep during the long-running musical's showstopping number ...

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Jolly Holiday! Steffanie Leigh Lights the Empire State Building in Honor of Mary Poppins' Fifth Anniversary

Jolly Holiday! Steffanie Leigh Lights the Empire State Building in Honor of Mary Poppins' Fifth Anniversary
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As Mary Poppins celebrates its fifth anniversary on Broadway, a beloved New York City landmark ensured the event would be "practically perfect." On November 15, the Empire State Building invited Mary Poppins star Steffanie Leigh and members of the cast to help light the iconic building in honor of the Disney musical's milestone. After the building's lights were turned ...

Mary Poppins' Ruth Gottschall on Five Years of Playing Nasty Nanny Miss Andrew

Mary Poppins' Ruth Gottschall on Five Years of Playing Nasty Nanny Miss Andrew

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Mary Poppins is gearing up to celebrate its fifth Broadway birthday on November 16. Though the show's title nanny delights the Banks family of 17 Cherry Tree Lane, young Jane and Michael also find themselves under the supervision of nasty temporary nanny Miss Andrew. Ruth Gottschall, a skilled comic actress who has appeared on Broadway in The ...

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Former Real-Life Nanny Steffanie Leigh on Flying to Her Broadway Debut in Mary Poppins

Former Real-Life Nanny Steffanie Leigh on Flying to Her Broadway Debut in Mary Poppins

Age & Hometown: 24; Talent, OR

Current Role: Making her Broadway debut as the “practically perfect” title nanny in Mary Poppins

On the Road: Growing up near the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Leigh was exposed to the arts at an early age and traveled east to major in musical theater at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation and a ...

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Steffanie Leigh Tapped as Title Star in Broadway's Mary Poppins

Steffanie Leigh Tapped as Title Star in Broadway's Mary Poppins

Steffanie Leigh will make her Broadway debut in the title role of Mary Poppins at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre on October 11, replacing Laura Michelle Kelly, who will give her final performance on October 9.

Leigh has played the magical nanny for the past eight months on the show’s North American tour. Regional credits include Jacques Brel is Alive and ...

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Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry Experiences the Magic of Mary Poppins

Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy Petry Experiences the Magic of Mary Poppins

The cast of Mary Poppins welcomed a special guest to the New Amsterdam Theatre on July 17 as Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry and his family came to visit the magical nanny. After the show, Petry, who lost an arm after throwing a grenade away from his fellow soldiers during combat in Afghanistan, ventured backstage to ...

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Laura Michelle Kelly Returns to Mary Poppins July 18

Laura Michelle Kelly Returns to Mary Poppins July 18

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 ...

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