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Two Local Thespians In Westchester Broadway Anniversary Production Of ‘Poppins’

ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is celebrating 40 years of Broadway musicals and fine dining with a production of Mary Poppins. The cherished 1964 Disney film has been re-imagined into a spectacular new musical, with performances continuing to July 27. The show has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

It delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Bert, the jack-of-all trades, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes both children and adults alike on many magical and memorable adventures, discovering a world where “anything can happen if you let it.”

The staged show features all of the unforgettable songs of the movie, from “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday” and “Step in Time” to the Academy Award-winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee.”

The multi-talented cast for WBT’s production features Lauren Blackman as Mary Poppins, Leo Ash Evens as Bert, Joe Dellger as Mr Banks, Leisa Mathers as Mrs Banks, Karen Murphy as Mrs Brill, Peter Cormican as Admiral Bloom, and Jan Neuberger of Newtown as Miss Andrews.

Jane Banks is being played by Jane Shearin of Newtown and Michelle Moughan in alternating performances. Brandon Singel and Gabriel Reis are, alternately, playing Michael Banks. 

The productions is directed and choreographed by WBT favorite Richard Stafford, who has been at the helm for many WBT productions including Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Can-Can, George M!, Hairspray, and others.

Curtain is Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show beginning at 8; Sunday evenings, 5:30 and 7, respectively.

Matinees are Thursday and Friday, with lunch at 11:30 and showtime 1 pm; and Sunday, noon and 1:30. Wednesday’s midday schedule is also lunch at 11:30 and show at 1, but only through the end of June.

Tickets are $54 to $80 for dinner and show (plus tax), depending on the performances chosen; beverage service and gratuities are not included in the ticket price. Discounts are available for children, students, and senior citizens at selected performances.

Reservations and additional information, including specials, are available by calling 914-592-2222 or visiting www.BroadwayTheatre.com. For group reservations (discounts for 20 or more), call 914-592-2225; and for Luxury Boxes, which can accommodate private parties of 6 to 22, and include expanded dinner menu, hors d’oeuvres, private powder room and reserved parking, call 914-592-8730.

The theater is at One Broadway Plaza, just off Route 9A in Elmsford, N.Y.

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