This is Extraordinary Things, a fansite dedicated to the Practically Perfect Nanny's on-stage incarnation. Disney Theatrical and Cameron MacKintosh worked together to create a wonderful new adaptation of Pamela Travers' Mary Poppins books (using material made famous in the Disney film). This new stage musical first opened in West End, and is now on Broadway and due to make her appearance all over the world.

40 years after the Disney movie first charmed audiences the worldwide over, Mary Poppins finally arrived on stage. The Mary Poppins stage musical had its world premier in September 2004 at the Bristol Hippodrome, and in December 2004 officially moved to The Prince Edward Theatre in West End, London.

The first thing anyone watching the musical would notice is that it is not a direct translation of the movie. Instead it borrows more from the books by P.L. Travers, with familiar aspects of the movie and a little original Cameron MacKintosh interpretation thrown in. New music was written by the creative team of Anthony Drewe and George Stiles to compliment the songs written by for the movie. The result is a clever, sharp and sometimes even a little scary story about a nanny who has taken it upon herself to help a dysfunctional British family.

The success of the West End production made it (perhaps inevitable) that it would be transferred to Broadway. The Broadway version of Mary Poppins debuted at the New Amsterdam Theatre in October 2006, taking on a few changes from the West End version. The Broadway version was also a resounding success, and now there are a number of new productions in the works.


8 August 2010
I realize I'm severely behind in updating the information on this website. I'm on it. For starters, I've added the gallery for the Finnish production HERE, and added a cast chart page for the Broadway production HERE.

2 May 2010
Updated the list of venues for the US Tour below. The Dutch production opened at the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Holland on 11 April, the theatre's official website is HERE and the musical's official website is HERE.

1st August 2009
Put a section for the upcoming Finnish production, which will open in less two weeks on 13 August 2009.

20 March 2011
Phillyburbs.com has an interview with Steffanie Leigh, the US tour's current Mary, HERE. The US tour has also received nominations at the Helen Hayes Awards, article at Broadwayworld.com HERE.

8 March 2011
Ashley Brown is back in the Broadway production as Mary, taking over from Laura Michelle Kelly until 17 July 2011. Pictures HERE, HERE and HERE.

Fan Reviews

Roll call
Mary Poppins
George Banks
Winifred Banks

The original production opened in September 2004 at the Bristol Hippodrome, and in December of the same year moved to the Prince Edward Theatre in West End, London.
Status: Closed (January 2008)
Original London cast
Final London cast
London: Principals Chart

The Broadway production opened in November 2006 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in Broadway, New York.
Status: Active
Original Broadway cast
Current Broadway cast
Broadway: Principals Chart

The UK National Tour launched in June 2008.
Status: Closed (April 2009)
Original UK tour cast
Final UK tour cast
  1. Theatre Royal, Plymouth (4 Jun 2008 to 5 Jul 2008)
  2. The Hippodrome, Birmingham (10 Jul 2008 to 27 Sep 2008)
  3. The Playhouse, Edinburgh (2 Oct 2008 to 6 Dec 2008)
  4. The Palace Theatre, Manchester (11 Dec 2008 to 7 Mar 2009)
  5. The Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (11 Mar 2009 to 18 Apr 2009)

The Swedish production opened at the Göteborg Opera in October 2008. The entire show is performed in Swedish.
Status: Closed (March 2009)
Original Swedish cast

The US National Tour was launched in March 2009.
Status: Active
Original US tour cast
Final US tour cast
  1. Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, Illinois (11 Mar 2009 to 12 Jul 2009)
  2. The State Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio (17 Jul 2009 to 9 Aug 2009)
  3. Fox Theatre, St. Louis, Missouri (13 Aug 2009 to 30 Aug 2009)
  4. Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 Sep to 20 Sep 2009)
  5. Music Hall @ Fair Park, Dallas, Texas (24 Sep to 18 Oct 2009)
  6. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas (22 Oct to 8 Nov 2009)
  7. The Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California (13 Nov 2009 to 7 Feb 2010)
  8. ASU Gammage, Tempe, Arizona (11 Feb to 28 Feb 2010)
  9. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, Colorado (4 Mar to 4 Apr 2010)
  10. Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio (8 Apr to 25 Apr 2010)
  11. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia (29 Apr to 16 May 2010)
  12. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida (20 May to 6 Jun 2010)
  13. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (10 Jun to 27 Jun 2010)
  14. Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington D.C. (1 Jul to 22 Aug 2010)
  15. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, North Carolina (25 Aug to 19 Sep 2010)
  16. Murat Theater, Indianapolis, Indiana (23 Sep to 3 Oct 2010)
  17. Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, New York (14 to 31 Oct 2010)
  18. Whatron Center for Performing Arts, East Lansing, Michigan (3 Nov to 21 Nov 2010)
  19. Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa (26 Nov to 12 Dec 2010)
  20. Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Michigan (16 Dec 2010 to 2 Jan 2011)
  21. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (5 to 23 Jan 2011)
  22. Orpheum Theater, Omaha, Nebraska (27 Jan to 13 Feb 2011)
  23. Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts (17 Feb to 20 Mar 2011)
  24. Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (23 Mar to 17 Apr 2011)
  25. Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio (20 Apr to 8 May 2011)
  26. Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington (12 to 29 May 2011)
  27. Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, California (2 to 19 Jun 2011)
  28. Keller Auditorium, Portland, Oregon (22 Jun to 11 Jul 2011)
  29. Orange County Perfroming Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California (14 to 31 Jul 2011)
  30. Capitol Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah (1 Sep to 25 Sep 2011)

The Finnish production opened at the Helsinki City Theatre in August 2009. The entire show was performed in Finnish.
Status: Closed (May 2010)
Original Finnish cast

The Dutch production opened at the Circus Theatre in Scheveningen, Holland in April 2010.
Status: Active
Original Dutch cast

The Australian production opened in July 2010 at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. The production will move to Sydney, with an expected opening on 6 May 2011.
Status: Active

Original Melbourne cast

Must have for the Mary Poppins stage musical fan:

Mary Poppins: Anything Can Happen If You Let It, by Brian Sibley

Official book chronicling the transfer of Mary Poppins from the Pamela Travers book and Disney film to the stage.

amazon.co.uk // amazon.com


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