“Audiences loved Mary Poppins last holiday season and the show was a tremendous success for us. I’m pleased that the main cast will be returning to their roles for this year’s production,” said director Bill Millerd. “The iconic magical nanny will once again be played by Sara-Jeanne Hosie, who has also contributed to the success of many of our most popular musicals, including Swing, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Cabaret, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.”
Although the five-book series was written in the 1930s, the 1964 Disney movie renewed awareness of the work of P.L. Travers and a new generation became interested in the Mary Poppins character. The popularity of the movie interested Broadway producers for years, though their offers were all rejected by Travers. It was not until English theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh (Les Misérables) wooed Travers in the early 1990s that the stage musical would come to be. He persuaded her to allow Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) to go back to the original novels, as well as the movie, to create a new book for the production.