MARY POPPINS IN THE BURGH

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Casting Announcement Mary Poppins, October 16-21, 2012, Benedum Center

PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – – Producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh are pleased to announce full casting for Pittsburgh’s return engagement of MARY POPPINS. Over 54,000 Pittsburghers attended the high-flying
spectacle in 2011 and PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh is happy to
welcome MARY POPPINS back to the Benedum Center for one week only: Tuesday,
October 16 through Sunday, October 21, 2012.  Opening night is Tuesday, October 16.

MARY POPPINS will play at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Tickets start as low as $20 and are on sale now at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, by phone at (412) 456-4800 or online at www.TrustArts.org.   For
group ticket sales (10 or more), please call 412-471-6930.  Special VIP ($125) Ticket Packages are available at select performances, and include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program.   For a subscription to the series, please call
(412) 456-1390.

PNC Broadway Across America –Pittsburgh is a presentation of The Pittsburgh
Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony and Broadway Across America.

With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years.  Worldwide to date, the show has grossed over $731 million and welcomed more than 10 million guests. The musical is the winner of 44 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards.

The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America.  The MARY POPPINS North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played to more than two and a half million delighted theatergoers in over 40 cities to date.

Madeline Trumble will star as “Mary Poppins” while Con O’Shea Creal will assume the role of “Bert.”

Trumble is making her return to the national tour of Mary Poppins after recently appearing in the Broadway company of Disney’s Newsies-The Musical.  She has also been seen in stage productions at the MUNY in St. Louis and Berkley Repertory Theatre.

Trumble will appear alongside Con O’Shea Creal, who plays the affable chimney sweep, “Bert.” Creal recently performed with the Broadway and national touring companies of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Creal has also appeared in regional productions of Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, A Christmas Carol, and Urinetown.

Joining Trumble and Creal will be Michael Dean Morgan as “George Banks”, Elizabeth Broadhurst as “Winifred Banks”, Tregoney Shepherd as “Mrs. Brill”, Blake Segal as “Robertson Ay”, Karen Murphy as “Miss Andrew” and “The Bird Woman”, and Ryan Hilliard as “Admiral Boom.” Performances in the role of “Jane Banks” will be alternated between Madison Ann Mullahey and Julianna Rigoglioso.  Performances in the role of “Michael Banks” will be alternated between Eli Tokash and Zachary Mackiewicz.

Rounding out the cast are Danielle Benton, Elizabeth Ann Berg, Callan Bergmann, Lindsey Bliven, Jonathan Burke, Ben Cherry, Kerry Conte, Emily Cramer, Andrew Eckert, Jordan Grubb, Leeds Hill, Kenway Kua, Matt Meigs, Sean Montgomery,  James Patterson, Tonya Thompson, Paige Williams, Minami Yusui, Elizabeth Earley, Annie Petersmeyer, Stephen Roberts,
and Curtis Schroeger.

MARY POPPINS, a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh,
opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006.  Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.  The
stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by
Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book,
and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have
composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne.  MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by TonyÒ Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick.  The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director Daniel Bowling.

ABOUT MARY POPPINS WORLDWIDE

MARY POPPINS received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward
Theatre in the West End in December 2004.  Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.

The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the
New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere in 2006.  MARY POPPINS is the only show
from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still in performance.

The MARY POPPINS North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.

The Australian production of MARY POPPINS opened to critical acclaim in Melbourne in July 2010 where it achieved an unprecedented 100% of Gross Box Office.  For its seasons in Perth and Brisbane the advance sales smashed all previous theatrical records.

In addition to Broadway and the North American tour, MARY POPPINS will soon
be seen in Auckland, New Zealand.  Productions of MARY POPPINS have
also been mounted in Finland, Netherlands, Denmark and the Czech Republic.

For more information, please visit MaryPoppins.com

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