Disney’s multi-million dollar Broadway musical Mary Poppins is on its way to Australia.
Victorian state Premier John Brumby announced yesterday the show will open at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in July 2010.
BroadwayWorld.com claims the Australian production is among the first of many international versions of Mary Poppins planned over the next couple of years. So far the show has been seen by 4.2 million people worldwide and grossed $333 million.
The show marks a blow for Sydney, as Melbourne has nabbed the opening of yet another Broadway musical in Australia. In a few weeks time Wicked will begin its Sydney season, after opening in Melbourne last July. Meanwhile, last week the hit Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys, opened in Melbourne to strong reviews.
Mary Poppins opened on Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre in November 2006 and has since played over 1,100 performances. The musical was nominated for seven 2007 Tony Awards, winning Best Scenic Design For A Musical.
Auditions for the Australian production will commence in Melbourne in October this year.
Edit: Kids auditions now open to children not represented by casting agents. Applications close Monday 16 November. Download form below.