Mary Poppins comes to Auckland

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 05:00 10/06/2012
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CLASSIC: Mary Poppins is coming to Auckland's Civic Theatre for a four-month season.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Mary Poppins is coming to Auckland this October.

Based on the beloved books by PL Travers, and of course the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews, this award-winning musical will play at the Civic Theatre for a four-month season.

The New Zealand production comes direct from Australia, where it has played almost continuously since July 2010, and follows on from productions in Britain and North America.

With four productions currently running on three continents, Mary Poppins is one of the biggest stage musical successes. Worldwide, the show has grossed over $US679 million, and has been seen by almost 10 million people.  Since first hitting the stage in 2004, the musical has won 44 major theatre awards around the world, including Tony and Olivier Awards.

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher have gathered a world-class creative team, including Downton Abbey's creator and writer Julian Fellowes, to bring the magical musical to life.  

"It has been several years since I have had a production that I felt was special enough to bring to Auckland but the spectacular staging of this eternal family classic with a terrific international cast, fabulous score by the Sherman brothers and breathtaking choreography by Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear is certain to give New Zealand audiences a supercalifragilistic time," he says.  

Starring Australia's So You Think You Can Dance judge Matt Lee as Bert and with a yet-to-be-announced, former Broadway star reprising her role as Mary.

The show will pick up where the record-breaking Jersey Boys leaves off when it wraps up its two-month run at the Civic on June 17.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says the success of these musicals can only be a good thing for the Auckland region.

"Mary Poppins is another world-class event and Auckland is a world-class entertainment destination. We know that Aucklanders will love the chance to see this spectacular and the show will attract many visitors to the region."

Mary Poppins – The Musical at the Civic Theatre in October

Tickets on sale June 21 from Buy Tickets

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