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January 08, 2009

MARY POPPINS Lands in Los Angeles in 2009

Broadway's supercalifragilistic, award-winning hit MARY POPPINS will be presented in Los Angeles by the Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Los Angeles Music Center in the 2009 - 2010 season. It was announced by CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and producers Cameron Mackintosh and Thomas Schumacher.

MARY POPPINS will be presented in an exclusive limited engagement beginning November 2009. Tickets for MARY POPPINS will be made available to subscribers of CTG's 2009 - 2010 season before going on sale to the general public in mid-2009.

"I am gigantically proud of MARY POPPINS continuing success and the opportunity to bring this show to West Coast audiences," said Thomas Schumacher, President of the Disney Theatrical Group. "On a personal note, it will be enormously gratifying to see our nanny take flight in a space that holds wonderful memories for me, having started my theatrical career at the Center Theatre Group."

"I am delighted to bring MARY POPPINS to the Ahmanson in conjunction with Disney," said Cameron Mackintosh. "Over the years I have enjoyed many collaborations with the Center Theatre Group and this April my new production of 'My Fair Lady', which has been extremely well received all over America and been a huge hit in London, will open at the Ahmanson. Both productions are staged by two of Britain's greatest directors: 'My Fair Lady' by Trevor Nunn and MARY POPPINS by Richard Eyre, with fabulous choreography by the ever inventive Matthew Bourne.

"MARY POPPINS has been a labor of love for me, ever since I first tried to get the rights 30 years ago," continued Mackintosh. "In 1993, Pamela Travers finally gave me her approval and the outcome, developed in conjunction with my friend Thomas Schumacher, has been an enormous success in both London and on Broadway. It is particularly thrilling now to bring Mary back home to the city where she first triumphed on film in 1964, as fresh and irresistible as ever."

"CTG is honored to have been selected by two of the world's leading theatrical producers -- Cameron Mackintosh and Tom Schumacher -- to present this superb work in Los Angeles," said Michael Ritchie. "It is unusual for us to announce a production this early, a full year before tickets will go on sale, but there has been so much excitement around this production that we just couldn't keep the news to ourselves. We at CTG are very proud to present this truly magical and highly theatrical musical. This is happy news for everyone in Los Angeles."

source: Mary Poppins

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