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lrodk
10-20-2002, 06:30 PM
It seems that my wish has finally been answered. I have long posted how I felt about Mary Poppins being a natural fit for great white way. With all of it's catchy songs and dance numbers, this story, more than any other Disney adaptation, was tailor made for the stage.

Here's the progress, as reported by the NY Times:

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Thomas Schumacher, the president of Disney Theatrical and the studio's animated film division, and Cameron Mackintosh, the impresario's impresario, have been meeting over the last year to iron out details of a potentially superlucrative project, "Mary Poppins" as a Broadway musical.

Why are the two considering teaming up? Well, besides enormous respect, love and trust, they also need each other. Disney holds the rights to the songs from the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke, with the worst Cockney accent in history. Mr. Mackintosh, however, who did a few little shows like "Cats" and "Les MisÚrables," has the rights to the original P. L.Travers story. Neither, in other words, could move forward without the other.

So they are going ahead together. Both are mulling options for a creative team, with an eye toward the 2004-05 season at the earliest. No firmer details are available, except that "Mary Poppins" will land in London before packing her umbrella for Broadway.

TiggerFreak
10-20-2002, 09:50 PM
That is wonderful news.
DW and may have to take our first trip to "The Great White Way" to see this show. Now we can spend the next year or so debating who should play what role.
Here's one from left field, Pierce Bronson as Bert.:eek:
Seriously, it has the potential of being the next Lion King for Disney.

bnlbebes
10-24-2002, 10:10 PM
I also always thought that Mary Poppins was a natural fit for Broadway! I can't wait to see if Disney really pulls this off.

grinningghost
10-26-2002, 05:42 PM
Sounds like a winner to me.

Eeyore's Pal
10-29-2002, 04:14 PM
I put my vote in for Eric McCormack ("Will" of Will & Grace), who definitely does sing, and dance, and done Broadway musicals before!:D