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Steffanie Leigh to be Broadway's New Mary Poppins

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Steffanie Leigh to be Broadway's New Mary Poppins
Photo Source: Joan Marcus/Disney
After playing the iconic nanny on the North American tour of "Mary Poppins," a Disney spokesperson tells "The Hollywood Reporter" exclusively that Steffanie Leigh will step into the title role on Broadway at New York City's New Amsterdam Theatre starting Tuesday, October 11.

"I grew up watching the movie over and over again on a laser disc that my grandparents had," Leigh tells THR. "So, I loved the movie, been singing the songs since I was yay high, so now to be a part of retelling the story to a new generation is so exciting."

This will be Leigh's Broadway debut, though she has been playing the role on the stage production's national tour since February. She will replace Oliver Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly after her final performance on Sunday, October 9.

Leigh, who graduated with her BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University, has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions, including "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Beauty and the Beast," "Into the Woods," "Grease," "Mame," and "Les Miserables."

Her Broadway co-stars will include Tony Award nominee Gavin Lee as Bert, Karl Kenzler as George Banks, Megan Osterhaus as Winifred Banks, and Valerie Boyle as Mrs. Brill.

The co-production by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh opened on Broadway in 2006. It holds the distinction of being the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season that's still running. Based on P.L. Travers' stories and the 1964 Walt Disney film, the production includes the film's Oscar-winning music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

The Hollywood Reporter

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